The holidays are a time of joy and happiness (and copious amounts of food and alcohol), but with the holidays also comes the necessity of travelling. Packing lightly is never an easy feat, if you’re anything like me, you will pack six different scarves for a weekend trip and actually think that all of them will somehow be worn. That aside, I have honed my packing methods and thought that I would share some of my favorite packing secrets and products with you.
For me, the most important part of packing lightly is having a light weight bag, that I can easily carry onto an airplane or toss in the trunk of my car. For some a small suitcase may do the trick, but I have taken a liking to duffel bags this season. When I am looking at duffel bags, I look for bags with a multitude of pockets to store my things, a compartment for shoes, and most importantly a shoulder strap.
The trick that I have found most useful when travelling frequently and using carry on luggage is packing cubes/bags. I have attached below a few fabulous sets of luggage organizers, but I am definitely partial to the super cheap plastic airtight bags. With airtight bags, be weary, I can fit two weeks of clothing in a carry on bag, but it still weighs a ton – don’t let the ability to pack more in a small space deceive you (your back will thank you).
Although these products don’t quite make your travel lighter, they can make travel much easier. A few of my favorite products that I have attached are the headphones, they are completely wireless and charge on a regular iPhone charger in just five minutes, they are an absolute life saver. Also, although I do not wear sleeping masks when I fly or travel, many people in my life swear by them, for light sleepers they are a must. I have also attached other goodies like makeup bags, passport covers, a luggage scale (life saver for long trips to avoid fees) and a few other odds and sods.
There are two things that have been an absolute life saver for me this season thus far, my Barbour down coat, and my plethora of oversized scarves. Travelling in the winter with big coats and scarves can easily take up a lot of room, but I have attached some super warm coats that are light weight and can pack very easily. As for scarves, in planes, trains, and automobiles (hilarious movie if you haven’t seen it) they serve as a blanket, and for me to support my head so I can attempt to sleep. I would also like to suggest, although it may be common sense, when travelling in winter, wear the bulky boots, scarves, and coats and pack the lighter articles of clothing.
I hope that everybody has safe travels this holiday season, and I hope that this post gave you some knowledge about packing that you didn’t already have. I would love to hear if any of you have more packing tricks or must have products that I have yet to discover, so let me know in the comments below or shoot me a message!