How To Pack Light For A Weekend Break
One of the adult life skills that is most useful to master is being able to pack light. Whether you’re hoping to avoid hold baggage charges or the queues at the luggage carousel, travelling light while still staying stylish is definitely an art - and one that can be learned with these handy tips…
Use The ‘Pack N Roll’ Method
Want a space-saving solution that helps you to pack more while also making sure that your clothes aren’t all creased when you land? Then you need a bit of pack n roll in your life! Use packing cubes to keep your clothes organised and squeeze every last bit of space. Inside the packing cubes, roll your clothes rather than folding to use less space and keep them pristine. And it’s a simple trick, but packing the heaviest items towards the bottom end of your case, where the wheels are, will not only make it easier to manoeuvre but also keep the lighter items from getting crushed when you’re wheeling about.
Slim Down Your Shoes
Shoes are the biggest killers of space in your bag, and also the heaviest - so it only makes sense to streamline them as much as possible. Try to limit yourself to a couple of pairs - flip flops are the most lightweight, and a pair of embellished sandals that work for day or night with a low wedge heel are a versatile choice. You also have the pair you’re wearing to travel in. Think about what you’re likely to be doing to help you choose the right footwear.
Bite Back On Beauty
Toiletries can also be super bulky, and they are a great area to streamline. Look for multi-tasking products that do double duty - like the fab IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, a medium coverage foundation with anti-aging serum and SPF 50+ covering your skincare needs. Coconut oil is also a brilliant thing to take - it can be used so many ways, from a deep conditioner or hair serum to a moisturiser, makeup remover and teeth whitener. There’s also no need to take a hair dryer - most hotels or apartments will have one in the room or at front desk. If you’re staying somewhere such as Sleep Inn & Suites Edgewood check the website to see what toiletries and amenities you will already have access to.
Don’t Do The Double
Spend some time considering your packing list so that you don’t inadvertently double up. For example, do you need a separate camera when the ones on smartphones are so good? If you’re travelling with a friend or partner, could one of you take the shower gel and the other the toothpaste and share when at your destination? Another great item is a USB extender plug so that you don’t need to take a lot of different chargers for things. You can also find solutions like 2 in 1 bags - a tote that you can use for shopping or the beach, with a zip-off front section that can be used as a clutch bag in the evenings. There’s lots of solutions out there to cut down on what you must pack.