Packing Light for Travel

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Packing Photo by Hubble on Unsplash

A mergers and acquisitions advisor at Sun Acquisitions in Illinois, Matthew Brunstrum leverages more than 5 years of financial experience to help clients buy and sell various companies. Outside of work, Matthew Brunstrum enjoys traveling.

Whether you are planning a trip for several days or several weeks, it pays to pack light. Limiting yourself to just a carry-on or backpack not only saves you money on increasing baggage costs for airlines, it also makes moving around different countries easier.

To successfully pack an entire wardrobe in less space, focus on layering. Don’t waste the precious space you have with items designed for a single climate. Instead, choose items that are suitable for any weather when they are layered with different items. If you need any weather-specific items such as gloves, purchase them locally and pass them on afterwards so you aren’t carting them around.

Usually, you only need about a week’s worth of clothes. For longer trips, wash these items in your hotel room, or make use of the hotel’s laundry facilities. While this may increase the cost of your trip slightly, doing laundry saves you valuable packing space for longer trips. It also keeps your clothes fresh despite being packed away in your luggage much of the time.

In addition to clothes, you must also consider footwear for your trip. Shoes take up most of the space you have in your luggage, so try to bring enough options for everything without overdoing it. The key is choosing footwear that is comfortable and small. Ballet flats, for instance, can easily fit in a bag, as can flip flops. And for sightseeing, you may prefer a set of comfortable sneakers. Since sneakers are bulkier, plan on wearing them instead of packing them.