7 Tips for Traveling Light
Throughout the years, I have learned small things that have helped me in my journeys. The one key theme that always comes back is traveling with the right amount of items you need with the least amount of weight possible.
I would love to hear your tips, so please leave your comments below! These tips were written with air travel in mind but hope the tips below help in any upcoming trip that you may have.
Travel size toiletries will free up a HUGE amount of space when traveling. I would recommend purchasing reusable TSA recommended containers and refill instead of buying new shampoos or hair products for each trip.
3-1-1 rule - You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the security checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule. If you can buy the toiletries you need at your destination, that’s ideal.
Pack lightweight clothing and you will notice a reduction in weight, but also in space! For example, if going to a cold destination don’t pack bulky heavy sweaters, but instead pack layers of tank tops, T-shirts, and long sleeve tops to save weight, but still keep you warm.
- Choose lycra, polyester or cotton blends
- Wrinkle free is best
Mix and match clothing - I travel often for business and try to bring items that can be matched with each of the other items. This can also be done for casual clothing as well. Make sure the pants/skirts/tops/shoes all match each other and have fun with the combinations!
Take one coat for colder climates. Make sure it’s versatile enough for the weather and your activities. A long lightweight sweater for casual wear and blazer for business works well.
Limit the number of shoes you take. You will want comfortable practical everyday shoes, but also nice shoes/heels or boots for evening. This is the most difficult part for me!
Take less than you think you will need! What really helped me most is laying out outfits for each day. This helped not only avoid overpacking, but also to make sure I had everything I needed- including undergarments :)
Use a smaller suitcase or bag to condense your items. You will always fill the space you have, so try not to use a large suitcase or bag. You will be amazed at what you can fit into a smaller bag if you roll and organize your clothing!
Here are some items from TM Travel Gear to help: