Packing light is a continuing goal of mine. I want to be that person that steps off the plane after a transatlantic flight who looks refreshed and ready for adventures.
I’m not there yet, but I love to practice being a pro at this. I’ve written about packing light before, but I always find ways to refine my techniques. I can spend hours in travel gear stores checking out all the new gadgets that make travelling easier; I just love it.
As I’m about to embark on a month-long work/vacation and packing is on my mind. I’ve already started putting aside clothes and other items I want to bring and I’ll use my packing list to finalize my sorting.
First, I’m going to Moncton-Dieppe (New-Brunswick) for 26 days of crazy work-work-work and then I’ll be flying from there to Athens (Greece) and making my way to Olympia for a conference, coming back home 10 days later.
I’ll first be staying in an Airbnb and then in a university residence. At the conference, the accommodation I’ve picked is dorm style, so I’ll be sharing a huge room with probably 3 other ladies.
Needless to say, packing will be super important; a challenge I look forward to.
How to Pack Like a Pro
1. Get the Right Luggage
This will be different for everybody. I travel either with a backpack or a roller suitcase; it really depends where I’m going and what the trip is about. I have two criteria; they both have to fit most airlines’ carry-on restrictions and they must be light.
I can always choose to check my luggage if I want to, but I don’t have to. Travelling with just a carry-on and a personal item may come in handy when travel plans get derailed. Your flight got cancelled and you’re stuck in an airport for several hours/days? It’s way easier for airline agents to rebook you on available flights if you have all your belongings with you.
You will have to do some exploring to find the right luggage for you and your family, but it’s definitely worth the time.
2. Use a Packing List
There are a gazillion packing lists online. My favourites are from Her Packing List, because they have lists for every type of travel and pretty much every destination you can think of.
I couldn’t have a Packing Light Roundup without mentioning the European Travel Guru Rick Steves’ Packing List. It’s definitely NOT on the minimalist side of packing, but it’s super exhaustive.
I also like this one from Every Footstep an Adventure.
3. Think Capsule Wardrobe
No need to pack an outfit for everyday of your travels. First, it’s totally Ok to wear the same stuff multiple times and still be stylish if that’s your thing. Second, just like you probably do laundry at home every week, plan some time for washing your clothes.
4. A Few More Tricks
I’ve used this trick for years now and it never fails me – Always wear clean underwear.
This is a fun video I just discovered from Lavendaire, that shows a different way of packing and gives you a few more tips like bring an empty reusable water bottle.
p.s. unfortunately the links to her packing list doesn’t work.