If you travel, whether frequently or not you would definitely have trouble packing like I used to. Earlier I would try to stuff everything in the world in my bag, but now I’ve become one of those people who barely has a check in luggage, especially for short journeys. My longer trips still involve a huge backpack, but usually not more than that to start with.
Plan Well: Bring out everything you want to carry and decide which ones you’ll use and which ones you’ll discard. Make sure the amount you’re packing is the amount you can lift yourself.
Keep Clothes Ironed/ Folded: Iron the clothes that could get wrinkled, they occupy much lesser space. For the rest, there are various techniques to fold and minimize the amount of space your clothes occupy over the Internet. If you look through the sample above, I’ve kept the watch just to compare the size.
Choose Interchangeable Clothes: There’s nothing wrong in wanting to wear something different everyday. Choose clothes that could be mixed and matched. Keep that favourite pair of blue or black jeans.
Carry Travel Size Goods: Don’t forget to purchase a tinier version of your toiletries and beauty products. If not you can at least transfer them into smaller bottles and keep them consolidated in a small pouch.
Keep Extra Foldable Bags: This is useful, especially if you tend to shop a lot when you’re away. Either that or you may also not have the patience to pack smart when you’re on your way back. It helps spread out the weight of your luggage if necessary.
Opt Comfortable Shoes: Yes, when you’re away and you plan to tour around, there’s a good amount of walking you need to do. If you’re like me, you might even jump or go for a short hike into a forest. So make sure you have that comfortable pair of white, black, blue or brown shoes. These colours could be easily paired with a number of outfits.
Keep Important Stuff on Top: When you pack, start with the stuff you’re least likely to use as you reach. Keep those at the bottom. You could alternatively keep the larger items at the bottom. You wouldn’t want to start fidgeting for the smaller and important stuff like your passport, watch, shades, wallet, etc.
Minimise Number of Bags: Try to minimise the number of bags you carry, especially when you start the trip. This avoids unnecessary loading before and during the trip.