Packing Light when Traveling

I haven't done much long-term traveling, but I have done short trips and even on overnight stays I have one common factor: I pack way too much stuff that I never wore nor used the whole time away. I thought I needed it all and I just ended up bringing it back home!

Do you suffer from the same defiency as me? And whenever hubby and I plan to go away somewhere and I have to pack, I never look forward to it. So, I searched for videos to give me a little help and I learned some great tips myself from my own mistakes. So, today I'm sharing them with you. I've linked a couple of helpful videos at the end of this post too.

From time to time, we all travel whether it be for business or vacation. So, one of the first things I do is check the weather for the area I'll be in and let that be my guide for what to pack. Other tips I've learned:

Trips should be fun, not stressful.

  • Essentials. For anywhere from overnight to a weekend stay, I would suggest taking no more than two pairs of jeans. Now, I'm talking about a vacation, not business, that's a different animal. As for tops, three tops are more than enough. My problem was I would look at a top and think, "oh that would be cute to wear." Well, stop that! Pick three comfortable tops, long sleeved if the weather will be cooler, short-sleeved if warm.
  • Outerwear. I actually like to wear my jacket or keep it with me in case I get cold and depending on what the weather will be like, I might bring one extra jacket or to layer up, a sweater under one heavy jacket.
  • Accessories. I mess up here all the time, packing 3 or 4 pairs of shoes! You only need two. House shoes are fine to bring as well for indoors. Also, 1 or 2 pieces of jewelry is more than enough, because you can include a couple of scarves. And, if you're going to a cooler climate, bring one warm hat, mittens/gloves that's comfortable to wear and two pair of socks is enough also.
  • Toiletries. I have a small pouch that I bought from the dollar store that I keep my toothpaste/brush, hairbrush/comb, makeup, small bottle of lotion, perfume, powder, and body wash. My pouch doesn't take up much room in the suitcase.
  • First-aid. You might not really consider this, I never did, but I can count the many times I've cut my finger and didn't have a band-aid, so I now keep a small pouch to carry those things in and a little petroleum jelly too.
  • Entertainment. I own an iPod shuffle 4th generation that I've downloaded podcasts to and I bring my charger so I can listen to my favorite sermons at night. I would suggest something small and not bringing a tablet unless you have to or you own a mini tablet. The idea is not to fill up the suitcase with items you won't necessarily use.
Those are some quick tips, I also found these videos that were really helpful as well! Hopefully, you will too:

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Video 1: How to Pack Light for Travel
Mimi Ikonn

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Video 2: How to Travel Light | Packing Essentials
Ann Le

I think the moral of the story is, pack light means less stress! LOL! One point mentioned in both videos that stood out to me is using small bottles to carry items like lotions and body wash, I bet powder would work too. I always keep powder around.

I also like the tip of pre-planning my outfits and taking pics of them. I already plan my weekly wardrobe, but I never thought to do that for traveling and certainly not taking pics! But the more I think about it, it makes sense knowing ahead of time what I will wear... it takes away unnecessary stress. Plus, I won't feel grumpy from changing clothes and not like how I look because I brought too much stuff and I didn't coordinate my outfits.

Well if you've come to bottom of this post, I thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed it and I'll see ya in the next post!