Want to pack light and still have everything you need for your trip?
With these packing tips, you will be able to sort the essentials from the excess and pack like a pro!
1. Less is more
'Cause everything you pack, you have to carry with you. Research shows that the average traveler roughly only uses half of what he/she brings. Solution: lay out what you think you’ll need, and then eliminate exactly half of the stash. Easy does it.
2. Rolling rolling rolling
Roll your clothes instead of folding them. This way they take up less space in your suitcase and they are also less likely to crease.
3. Shop wisely
Be honest with yourself. Are you reaally going to drink from that giraffe mug once you get home? Will you reaally ever wear that belly dancing outfit? Will your neighbor, who is so kindly watering your cat and plants, reaally be happy with those palm-tree-stamped swimshorts? Just remind yourself that most souvenirs end up in a drawer, and will never live to see daylight again. So instead, just don't buy them. This will save you money and having to carry a few extra kilos on the way home.
4. Get a smaller suitcase
The bigger your suitcase, the more you will put in it, it’s as simple as that. So, get yourself a size small suitcase and you won’t feel the need to fill up that extra space. Yes, it really all is between the ears.
5. Miniature packaging
Small suitcase: check? Great, then also pack your toiletries in miniature packaging, so that you don’t have to check your suitcase in. Traveling with hand luggage not only saves carrying around a lump of a suitcase, it also saves you money and time, since you can avoid checking in, and go straight to the gate. Afraid you’ll run out of toothpaste or body wash? Then just call housekeeping at your hotel, to ask for more. Suitcase closed!