How To Pack Light For Any Trip

August 12, 2015
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Packing light for a long haul trip seems nearly impossible, especially if clothes and toiletries are the main reasons why your baggage is over the limit. Save yourself the extra fees and learn to pack light with some of our top tips for frequent flyers.

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Pack what you need

Not what you think you’ll need. If ever in doubt, you can always pick-up a few things you’ve left behind from the local supermarket, clothes store, or pharmacy when you land. Leaving behind those high heels won’t be the worst thing in the world! Plus, you can always buy more when you land.

Leave the shampoo behind

Hotels are usually equipped with shampoo, conditioner and a hair drier, so you don’t need to lug around the extra liquids in your checked baggage. If you absolutely cannot live without your straightening iron or curling wand, bring them along. Just make sure you have an adaptor which is compatible.

Bring versatile outfits

Going on vacation during the summer is much easier than in the winter months. Clothes are thinner, jackets aren’t always required (bring just one for the plane trip) and you can always stock-up on more when you arrive. Pack some easy day-to-night outfits that can be worn in a variety of ways; maxi dresses, playsuits and shorts are all essentials.

Work from a list

This way, you will only pack the things that you need and leave behind those impulse add-ons right before leaving home.

Don’t overdo the liquids

Most airlines have strict policies on the amount of liquids you can carry in your luggage. Buy minis of your favourite products to maximise on the room in your suitcase and avoid any hefty fees imposed by your airline.

Use a smaller suitcase

If you’re planning a multi-city trip, make sure your suitcase is easy to pack, move and unpack on a regular basis. Choose luggage that holds no more than 96L, otherwise you won’t be able to carry it around! This will force you to minimise your luggage and only pack the essentials.

What are some of your tips for packing light?

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