When it comes to packing for a holiday, it’s so easy to go overboard. In day to day life we can be guilty of wearing the same three outfits over and over, but when we know we’re going on a trip we decide we need three changes of clothes for each day!
It really doesn’t need to be this way, not only will overweight luggage cost you extra money but this is space you could save in your case to bring back souvenirs! Not to mention lugging a huge case from your home to the airport can be a hassle, especially if you’re going via train or taxi. These days you can book airport parking on parking4less.com so driving yourself isn’t as pricey as it once was, but you still have to drag cases and bags at the other end from the airport to your hotel. If you choose to forfeit a case entirely and just stick with a small cabin sized suitcase or bag, you won’t have to mess around waiting at baggage claim- and there will be no chance of your bag going missing either! Save yourself the backache, you can pack smart and streamline the things you take so you have everything you need without having to bring everything in your wardrobe. Here are some ideas!
Create a Capsule Wardrobe
Instead of packing seven tops, seven shorts, seven skirts and seven trousers to last you for seven days… why not create a capsule wardrobe? Here, just a couple of key pieces can be worn in different ways so you don’t have to pack lots of items. For example, a plain dress could be worn with sandals and a floppy hat for daytime or dressed up with heels and a blazer for the evening.
Think About Accessories and Footwear
It’s your footwear and accessories that will change the look of each of your staple items in your capsule wardrobe. While these are important, again don’t go overboard. For example, choose one pair of smart shoes or heels which can be worn with every evening outfit. Comfortable trainers or pumps will be ideal for walking, one neutral pair should go with everything. Then a couple of pairs of flip flops are super lightweight and perfect for the beach, or during the day when you’re not doing excessive amounts of walking.
Minimise Your Makeup Bag
Cosmetics and toiletries can take up a lot of precious case space for the average female. One way you can travel a little lighter is to streamline this. Instead of full-sized bottles, use travel sized bottles or even sachets. Most of us have a big box of free samples of things we don’t know what to do with. They take up hardly any room, and you could try out lots of different products while you’re away! Chances are you won’t be wearing tons of makeup especially if you’re in a hot climate, so think carefully about what pieces you will need and avoid overpacking.