The Nightmare That Is Overpacking
I understand that most of you, like me, want to take everything and anything with you whilst traveling the world. Scared that you might forget something important, so you overpack. My girlfriend is a perfect example of those of you that do this. Including items in your luggage that you probably don’t need, making your suitcase overly bulky and heavy. It’s just not ideal for easy travel. I’m here to try to eliminate the stress of over packing with just a few simple tips. These are things I have learned over time and are by no means the only way to pack. Take these tips how you want, add, implement and adapt them.
We have to start at the beginning of the process. It all starts with buying the right size baggage. So, let’s think about it. If you buy the largest suitcase out there you are going to be more inclined to fit as much as you can in, even if you don’t need it. Stuck in the mindset of “Oh well I have room so why not, there’s still some space left”. STOP THIS NOW. Nothing good can come of this mindset. Swap out the overly large bag and start packing in your carry on first. I want you to try to fit everything into your carry on, if it doesn’t fit, re-pack it and be smart about your choices and the way you pack. If again you still don’t have enough space, then that’s when you should think about getting the bigger case out.
As a male, I understand that my clothing choices can be very easy and very basic. Allowing me to take one or two pairs of pants and various t-shirts that match. Creating lots of unique and different outfits as I’m sure if you kept the same top on but changed the pants the outfit would almost look unchanged. Whereas, if you change the top but keep the bottoms the same you’ve created something that looks totally different. This perhaps isn’t the same for most females, trust me I know. But for those females reading this try this tactic out. I promise you it will work wonders. Just make sure you pick items of clothing that match the bottoms in a one way or another. Perhaps using neutral and simple colours. Helping you match everything together.
Don’t Be a Scruff
Laundry. No matter where you are or where you go you can always do laundry. Just because you’re away from the comforts of your own home doesn’t mean you can not wash and reuse items of clothing. Therefore, you don’t have to pack loads and loads of extra clothing in case some of it gets dirty. Just wash. Find a laundrette, see if your accommodation has the facilities’ and if all else fails wash your tops in the bathroom sink.
These Boots Are Made for Storage
You don’t need multiple pairs of shoes that will probably just end up staying in your case. All you need is 2/3 pairs of the essential shoe types. 1 pair of sandals (Adidas sliders are amazing and my go to), 1 pair of trainers (For walking and exploring) and 1 pair of boots or smart shoes, for the evening meals or wanders at night. Even so, you could condense this list even more by choosing a trainer that’s both smart-looking and comfortable, eliminating the need for others.
I have used this method for years. Honestly, you will be able to fit everything you used to fit and more. Oh, and it looks a lot neater. Just keep rolling, rolling, rolling.
Weight It Don’t Say It
I highly recommend investing in some form of weighing scales. Whether that be an actual scale for everyday use or a luggage scale. It’s going to be hugely beneficial as dependant on the airline you’ll only be able to bring a specific amount of bags that weigh up to a specific amount. So definitely check before you set off the limits of your particular airline as if you happen to be over their limit you will have to pull and push all your clothes around, wearing more and more items at check-in or the gate.
Go Get Your Bulk On
By this I mean you should be wearing the biggest and bulkiest items for travel on the plane if you can. These should be items that perhaps are too big for your luggage or those items you have to take out as you have already reached the weight limit. This is a great way to take more with you as you don’t have to pack it, or better yet a great way to keep within the limit when returning as you have probably bought lots of souvenirs.
I really hope these tips and tricks help you to avoid the nightmare that is over packing. If you have any other tips I haven’t mentioned, then please feel free to share it down below in the comments. Let us know how you travel light. Don’t forget to share this with those of your friends and family you know to over pack.
Until next time,