Whether you’re traveling home for the holidays or out-of-town for a business conference, it’s always helpful to know how to keep your luggage to a minimum. After all, who wants to deal with an unnecessary hassle of checked bags or cramming a car trunk full of stuff?
Here, we’ve rounded up five quick and easy tips for keeping your traveling light. No matter your destination or how you get there, it’s always helpful to adopt a bit of minimalism!
Pack lots of neutrals
When you’re planning your clothes for a trip, stick to black and other neutral colors so that you’ll be able to mix and match your items more. A black pencil skirt will be more versatile than a red one, for example, and a white button-down translates to more outfits than a pink one.
Go easy with the shoes
Shoes take up the most room in your suitcase. Try to consolidate them. Rule of thumb: if a pair of shoes only goes with one of the outfits you’re packing, re-think them. And remember, a simple way to save room in your suitcase is by packing items inside your shoes, such as socks.
One extra pro-tip for chicks: ballet flats are some of the most versatile of women’s shoes for traveling. They’re small and compact, plus they’re comfortable to wear and are business-appropriate.
Don’t be snobby about hotel products
Do you really need that gigantic bottle of shampoo? Or can you survive on hotel toiletries for a few days?
All hotels provide shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, lotion, and a hairdryer. You can save a lot of space in your suitcase by taking advantage of these free travel-sized products. If you’re serious about packing light, this is the way to go.
[Rock and] roll
If you travel frequently, you may already know this handy tip. Try rolling your clothing items instead of folding and stacking them, as illustrated in the photo below. It’s especially food for saving space if you have bulkier items like sweaters or jeans that don’t stack well. Game-changer!
If you’re worried about items becoming more wrinkled this way, remember that hotel rooms and most Airbnbs provide irons.
Make the most of your personal item
If you’re flying, don’t forget to utilize as much space as you can in your personal item (e.g. your purse, backpack, or laptop bag). You can bring this for free in addition to your carry-on, so you might as well use that space. Pack whatever fits: your cardigan, your tablet, your book, etc.
Even if you’re driving, this is still a good thing to keep in mind! Utilizing a personal bag that you’d be bringing anyway to store a couple of extra items just frees up needed room in your suitcase.
No matter where your travels take you, be safe and have fun!