I was asked the question, “How can I pack lighter? “by a friend. And to be honest, I initially had no earthly idea of what this thing called “packing light” was. I’ve always believed in the bigger the suitcase the better. I need options for every occasion but packing so heavily is not always so convenient. Especially for trips where I’m taking public transportation or have to walk far with my luggage. So I decided to take the opportunity to change how I pack to answer the question and to better myself.
I’ve learned that there is not much but three simple steps:
1. Choose smaller luggage
Of course, in order to pack lighter, you have to give yourself less space to pack everything but the kitchen sink. In my quest for smaller luggage, I discovered Away luggage which is the go-to suitcase company it seems. This not an endorsement but the company does offer two different sized carry-ons and a medium bag. The two carry-ons offers a built-in charger for your gadgets (if you don’t check your bag) so it saves space in your personal bag. I used my bag for the first time on a quick trip to Atlanta and found that it magically compacted my things inside the bag without making it feel like I was going to burst my Zipper.
Even though the price tag is hefty, its quality with a 100 day return policy and lifetime warranty. I waited to post this blog in case I needed to do an exchange to comment on their warranty and return policy. While in LA, I noticed that my built in battery for my Bigger Carry On did not charge any of my items. I contacted them on twitter and I quickly was provided a new battery. It arrived at my house the day I got back from LA but after noticing my suitcase was too small for me I asked to exchange it out. Ya’ll I bought the bag in September and exchanged it for the Medium in December. No hassle. I had my return label instantly and my new suitcase was mailed out a couple of days later. Again, not an endorsement but I love the care they put into their business.
2. Plan Your Life
I’ve always done this but you should plan out your day to day outfits. I use a site called Polyvore when I’m being extra but it helps to see what you need to pack and what will be included in your suitcase.
I always like to make sure that most accessories options can be used with the majority of the choices that I make. I only pack two pairs of shoes and I wear one pair to travel in. The only difference now is instead of packing 3 to 5 options for a short trip, I will pack 1 to 2 options.
3. Organize, Organize, ORGANIZE
Since you are using smaller luggage, you will need to make sure that you utilize the space efficiently. Here are a couple things I bought to organize my bag:
- Packing Cubes: These come in sets where you fold your clothes up military style. This will help you pack more items into your suitcase without overflowing into other spaces in your luggage.
- Jewelry Organizer: This is a small pouch that has many sections to organize your items without them tangling or getting lost. It’s also flat and lays flat inside of your luggage.
- Makeup Bag: This keeps my make up in a bag that’s able to be compressed down and stacked on top of other items. I used to use a plastic container.
- Travel Wallet: I decided to get a bigger wallet and in a brighter color so it’s easier to find. It has multiple card slots, place for my passport, cash and boarding passes.
How do you pack light?