September 2, 2016
Easier said than done, am I right?
I am a compulsive over-packer. I always start out with the intention of packing light, but somehow am never able to accomplish that goal. Last month for my trip to Ireland, I decided that this would be the time that I would finally succeed.
My tips are simple and frankly common sense, but they are the keys nonetheless.
- Check the weather
To be used directionally since it changes often (weatherman is legit the only job where you can be wrong 90% of the time and not get fired).
- Plan outfits
This is an obvious one but it has always given me the most problems. I hate planning outfits ahead of time since it cramps my creativity. But as I learned on my first trip to LA, it’s also a pain when you have to get super creative because you legit brought a bunch of items that don’t go together at all.
- Small bag
If you limit the amount of space you have, you limit the amount of stuff you can bring. Genius, huh? I challenged myself to use a carry-on sized piece of luggage for my trip to Ireland and guess what… everything fit.
- No carry-on
Don’t freak out about this, I’ll still allow you to bring 2 bags on board with you. One handbag and one SMALL bag (i.e. backpack, tote bag)… you know, the kind of bag you will actually use on your trip. There is no reason to have two big pieces of luggage unless you are going on a month long vaca. The only time you should be using a legit carry-on is if you are not checking a bag.
- Research & Plan ahead
Okay, I lied before. Outfit planning isn’t the most difficult thing for me…not procrastinating is. But you could undermine all your light packing dreams by waiting until the last minute. I know this from the experience of packing at 2 am with a glass (or 5) of wine the day before leaving for a trip – do not recommend. Instead, research your destination and make a list of the activities you plan on doing. For Ireland, I made a full blown itinerary with activities and weather for each day and then I packed outfits accordingly.
That’s it. See, it’s really simple. Now you just have to actually do it.
I promise it will make traveling to your destination, your trip itself, and unpacking later on so much easier and stress free. I personally hope that I will be able to follow my own advice and put my over-packing habits to bed.