As soon as I confirm a holiday, the first thing that comes to mind is: ‘what am I going to wear?’ I ponder over the question until the night before I travel, then panic at 1am trying to lay out half-decent outfits. Having become quite the travel connoisseur over the past few years, I thought it would be nice to share my tips with you all, to help you pack quick, pack right and pack light!
1. NO IFS NO BUTS NO MAYBES
Banish that voice in the back of your mind telling you that you MIGHT want to wear this, and that you COULD take three outfits for one day and choose later. NO! NO! Just take one outfit per day, appropriate for the environment, weather and activities that you will be engaging with. Otherwise, you will end up with double the amount of clothes, half that you won’t wear. Take one outfit, and you’ll just HAVE to do with that one.
2. CHOOSE WISELY
If your travels are taking you somewhere warm, choose lose items of clothing that are thin and take near to no space. Avoid layering clothes, and avoid heavy bulky items that will weigh your bag down (as well as making you feel hot under the collar)!
3. PLAN OUTFITS IN ADVANCE
I always try to have all my outfits planned before I travel, and this makes it easy to just quickly put a pre-planned outfit on without having to think about it too much in the morning. By not doing this, you could run the risk of having mis-matched outfits and more importantly, packing more than you need to.
4. BUY A TSHIRT/HOODIE THERE
When travelling abroad, I usually like to buy a ‘tourist t-shirt’ embellished with the name of the city that I am visiting. I usually buy a slightly oversized one and obnoxiously walk around with it. Not only is it a memorabilia, but it doubles up as another easy outfit that I can rock that day.
5. SHARE CLOTHES
You’re probably wondering – HUH – share clothes, how? Well, if you are travelling with a sister and you usually share clothes at home, then why not share it on holiday. Something like a light kimono can be worn by both of you on different days, doubling up as two sets of outfits. This means that you can pick and choose from your bag and hers! SCORE 🙂
6. KEEP THE BOTTOMS THE SAME AND CHANGE THE TOP
This is maybe an easier one to figure out! I tend to change my tops on a daily basis but I wouldn’t mind wearing the same bottom consecutively. For example, one day you can wear a pair of jeans with a nice blouse, and the second day you can wear the same pair of jeans with a long t-shirt dress/ kimono. This will look like two different outfits but the only thing you have done is change your top. Travelling light!
7. RELEASE YOUR INHIBITIONS
I don’t know about you, but I tend to try out different styles on holiday when I wouldn’t wear them in London. Don’t think too much about trying to be too stylish on holiday, the key is to have fun and soak in your surroundings.
Do you have any other tips that can help with packing light?
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