How to avoid over packing

It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it… I repeat to myself as I sit on top of my overflowing suitcase hoping that I won’t bust the zip when I take my weight off it. I’m going away for x days and I have enough clothes to last me for 10x days.

Look, I try. I’ve gotten a lot better in the last few months because I travel so regularly, so I’ve had a bit of practice. In no way am I near where I want to be, but these are the preparations I make that have helped me pack a little lighter every time.

Smaller Bag

Tip 1: Use a smaller bag. You can’t overpack if you don’t have the space to do so. This is the perfect way to limit how much you can take if you don’t have self control.

Check the Weather

Tip 2: Check the weather ahead of your trip. Knowing what weather to expect will make the process of packing so much easier if you know you only have to pack summer clothing and a light jacket for example.

Plan Ahead

Tip 3: Plan your activities ahead of departure. If you know that the likelihood of you going to the gym every morning on your holiday is low, leave your active wear at home. If you know you’re going to a fine dining establishment for one meal, pack 1 outfit.

I also plan my outfits for everyday of my trip prior to leaving. Doing so prevents me from packing too many other options and it makes getting ready so much quicker when I know what I’m going to wear.

Laundry Facilities

Tip 4: Do you have access to laundry facilities during your stay? If the answer is yes, leave half of your luggage behind.

Don’t Pack Multiples

Tip 5: It can be tempting to pack 5 black shirts (all similar in design) when you go on holiday. Reality is, you’re just carrying extra unnecessary weight. 1 handbag is enough. 1 jacket is enough. 1 pair of sneakers is enough.

The above is a guide only and will depend on your travel style, activities and access to facilities.

Remember that packing is an art that needs to be practiced in order to master. Happy packing my loves!

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