Over the years I have perfected the art of packing light. For years I have been traveling with only a carry-on suitcase for city trips and vacations to warmer countries. My friends are always mesmerized by how effectively I can pack everything I need into my small cabin suitcase – so I thought I’d share some packing tips and my packing list with you.
Traveling with hand luggage is the best thing to do when you’re going on a short city break or summer trip. Handing over your suitcase and living in constant fear of having packed more than allowed or your suitcase not arriving at your destination used to be my start on every trip. Not anymore, though. Having only cabin baggage and backpack can save money, time and nerves.
How to pack light
Think about it: how many times did you pack your suitcase only to realize that you brought way too much stuff with you? That happened to me all the time! There are only 3 simple rules you have to follow in order to fit all the stuff you’ll need into a carry on suitcase. Additionally, to that I added a little packing list graphic showing what I actually packed for this vacation.
Check the weather
The first thing I do when I have a trip ahead of me is checking the local weather. This way I make sure not to pack 20 jumpers on a trip to Bali or miss out on bringing a thick scarf when rain is due in my destination. Thicker jumpers and my scarf I always bring on the plane anyway. This way you can save space in your suitcase and cuddle up on the plane.
Think in Outfits
I used to throw half my wardrobe in my suitcase and tried to figure out how to style them later. However, thinking in outfits makes your packing process much more efficient and helps you save space and time when packing. Try to pick an outfit for everything you want to do on vacation (think beaching, sight-seeing, dinner, clubbing, etc.) and add one or two additional shirts for emergencies. If you’re gone for longer you can usually use a laundry service at your destination.
The art of packing
There’s probably not many avid travelers argue so passionately about as the folding or rolling debate. I personally prefer to roll my clothes and stack them into my packing cubes. This way I can fit way more into my cabin suitcase and the shirts don’t wrinkle as much. Speaking of packing cubes – they are the real deal when it comes to packing light. I use these ones from Amazon and have been loving them for years. Hats I usually wear at the airport, same as my sneakers, long pants/leggings and jumper.
Extra tip: microfiber towels save space in your suitcase, while still supplying you with a towel for beach days. I have these ones and use them on all my trips.