Okay, you are heading out for a wonderful well-deserved vacation and it’s time to pack. What in the world should you take this time to conserve on luggage space? Start with spreading everything you think you might need onto your bed. Pick up each item and ask, “Will I really need this heavy jacket that will take up half of my luggage space?” If the answer is yes, then you may need to live in that jacket during your trip because it is going to use up the balance of your luggage space, eliminating other clothing options.
How about another option of leaving the bulky jacket and purchasing one at your destination and give it away before you leave. It will allow you the space for the real necessities of travel. Bring layers rather than take a heavy coat. Think in terms of what you can do without — not what will be handy on your trip. When in doubt, leave it out.
Before you pack your portable hair dryer, you might want to check with the hotel. Most hotels have hair dryers or you can ask the Concierge for one…so that is one less item to worry about packing. Don’t pack for the worst-case scenario. Pack for the best-case scenario and simply buy yourself out of any jams.
Rather than carry a whole trip’s supply of toiletries, take enough to get started and look forward to running out of toothpaste in Greece. Then you have the perfect excuse to go into a Grecian department store, shop around, and pick up something that has a fancy Grecian label on the tube.
Pack clothing that can mix and match with other pieces of wardrobe. You’ll be surprised how creative you can get when you have a basic black pair of capris or slacks and how no one will know that they were the same that you wore with the red top two days before. Same for the guys. A pair of black trousers goes with everything. If the climate is warm, pack a couple pairs of solid color shorts, a few pullovers, couple of dress shirts and you are good to go.
Ladies, keep it simple. Whether you’re traveling for three weeks or three months, pack exactly the same. Try Rick Steve’s packing items. They are inexpensive and great travel products and gift ideas for those who travel frequently. They keep your clothes tightly packed and well organized, zip them up in packing cubes, airless baggies, or a clothes compressor.
Another great item for travel packing is (Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Folder) to fold and carry clothes with minimal wrinkling. For smaller items to keep your soiled undies you can use mesh bags, one for underwear and one for socks and maybe another for miscellaneous items for your clothesline, sewing kit or first aid kit. Make your wardrobe functional to be mixed and match. There are so many wonderful travel fabrics that don’t wrinkle and are great for packing cubes. Go casual, simple, and very light. Remember, in your travels you are going to meet two kinds of tourists — those who pack light and those who wish they had.
Article Courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT Editorial Team
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