With airlines limiting the amount of free carry on bags that you can bring on board a plane, everyone travels with the mindset of packing as little as possible in order to avoid hefty checked baggage fees. In addition, if you’re heading out on a vacation that requires a lot more walking and foot travel than air flight, carrying around a very heavy bag is nothing more than added weight – literally. Avoid all of these all too common travel crises by packing lighter no matter where or how you’re planning on traveling, with these expert tips on how to create less weighty luggage.
Wear Your Heaviest Items
Worried that your suitcase is going to be overweight? Shave a few pounds off of your suitcase by wearing your heaviest clothes. Trying to cram hiking boots, thick socks, and a parka into your carry on? Wear them instead, and you’ll be able to save yourself some baggage. You can also wear large items, like tall boots or a heavy coat, to save space in your bags – and if you’re heading into a cooler climate, definitely layer on your clothing. You won’t have to pack as many shirts or jackets, but can instead shed layers while flying.
Bring Multi-Function Items
If you want to help make room in your carry on or other luggage, try focusing you’re packing on items that have multiple purposes and uses. For example, if you’re headed somewhere beachy and tropical, pack a sarong – this garment can be used as a blanket, a swim cover-up, a skirt, dress, and even a beach towel. If you don’t have to, try and avoid to bring your moisturizer and skin care products. Happen to own a few pairs of zippered cargo pants? Perfect – these can become shorts or capris with one unzip of the pant legs. You’ll save yourself space and weight by packing fewer items altogether.
Pack According to the Rule of Three
Some experienced travelers swear by what’s called the rule of three: packing only three of each item that you plan on needing throughout your travels. Instead of cramming your luggage full of a week’s worth of underwear, socks, pants, swimsuits, and tops, pack only three of each. That’s right – just three pairs of underwear, socks, and other items. Chances are, you’re traveling somewhere where you’ll have access to laundry facilities or a local laundromat, so you can wash and re-wear all of these items as needed.
Minimize Your Clothing
Finally, be wary when folding your items in the actual packing process. Most of us grab our clothes, fold them in half twice, and toss them haphazardly into a bag. Instead, roll your clothing up. This method will not only help to prevent fold creases in your unpacked clothing, but also takes up considerably less space in a suitcase. Roll your clothes as tightly as possible, and you’ll discover unused room.