Learning how not to over pack can be a crucial skill, especially with current baggage fees and those pesky charges for any overweight luggage. You will want to make sure you only take what you need to avoid those charges and so we have come up with our top 5 tips to help you avoid over packing.
Create a packing list that takes into consideration where you will be and what activities you will be doing. This helps to prevent throwing in extra items ‘just in case’ as long as you stick to the list! Be strict on yourself! If anything unforeseen comes up, you can always figure something out at your destination. Remember to take the packing list with you so when it comes to packing for your return trip, you’ll be able to make sure you have packed everything and not left anything.
Stick to a colour scheme and pack items of clothing that you can mix and match.
Take only the toiletries you need. If you can live without your favourite shampoo for a week and use the hotel’s then great! But if you really must bring your shampoo with you, bring a travel size or decant some into a travel bottle. Not only do toiletries take up a lot of room, they also add a lot of weight.
Shoes take up a lot of real estate in your suitcase because they can be bulky and also heavy. Take just a couple of pairs that are versatile and comfortable that you can walk in all day.
Decide if you plan to do laundry while on holiday. If you are, cut down on the clothes you are taking and make sure that what you do take can be washed easily and dry quickly. While travelling, it is ok to wear the same item of clothing more than once! More often than not, mums tend to enjoy going on holiday and not having to worry about laundry and we completely understand. However, sometimes it is easier to do some washing so you can cut down on your luggage.
Avoiding over packing can mean that not only do you not have to lug around an excessively heavy or large suitcase, you also avoid those excess weight charges and even extra baggage fees if you can cut down on the amount of luggage you take. There is nothing worse than taking clothes with you that you did not wear and having to pay for the privilege to do so!
Family Travel Specialist