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Light Packing Tips for the Fashion Conscious

Light Packing Tips for the Fashion Conscious

It does not matter whether you are a globe trotter, like me, or someone who enjoys taking short breaks, travelling is fun. Travel gives you the chance to break out of your normal routine, meet new people, and enjoy new experiences and cuisines. There is only one problem, and that is each time you travel you have to pack.

For most people packing is stressful. Fortunately, the more you do it the less of a pain it is. Over the years, I have got used to packing fast, and learnt how to look stylish even when I have limited space in my suitcase. So, I thought you might appreciate my sharing a few of my best tips.

Pack light

Surprisingly, my first tip is to take as little luggage with you as possible. If you are only going away for a week you really do not need more than just cabin luggage. Trust me, the vast majority of people can easily get what they need into a small case. Packing light means you can go through the airport faster. It also saves you money, and is less stressful.

How to do it

The key to packing light is being organised. You need a list, and you have to stick to it.

Mix and match

It is very important to pack items of clothing that can be mixed and matched to generate several different outfit options. Doing this is the best way to keep the number of items you take with you to a minimum.

Pack multipurpose clothes

As much as possible, pack clothes that can be used for more than one activity. For example, swimming shorts, like these ones can be worn to the beach, or in the evening for a stroll around town and a meal out.

Wash as you go

Provided you are prepared to rinse clothes out in the hotel sink, and you follow the two tips above, you really do not need much in the way of clothing. To help you to wash as you go try to pack lightweight items. These will dry quickly and should not need ironing.

Wear heavier clothes to the airport

Of course, you need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Which means it is important to take some warm clothes with you. But, you should avoid having to put these items in your case. They are difficult to fold up small and can take up an alarming percentage of your weight allowance.

Usually, you can wear your closed in shoes, long trousers, jumper and waterproof coat for the journey to the airport. Naturally, when you arrive somewhere hot you may feel a little uncomfortable in a pair of trainers and long trousers, but you will soon be at your hotel where you can get changed.

Share out heavy electrical items

If you are travelling with other people try to share the load a bit. For example, one pair of hair straighteners can easily be shared by several people. The bigger the group the easier it is to ensure that each person only needs to carry one potentially heavy, and awkwardly shaped, piece of electrical equipment in their case.

Provided you are organised packing light is not hard. It definitely does not mean that you cannot dress fashionably. You just have to think about what you pack, and make sure you can create plenty of fashionable outfits from the items of clothing that you pack.

Packing for a Winter Trip

Packing for a Winter Trip

I know that most people opt to travel during the summer months. The good weather and longer days allow you to enjoy the sights, and get out more. I understand why people travel more in the summer, but I also enjoy winter travel. During the colder months, there are fewer people around, so you do not have to contend with any crowds. The cost of accommodation and tickets tends to fall during those months too.

However, one thing I am not so keen on is packing for a winter trip. It is nowhere as easy as it is to pack for a summer break. The problem is that you need warm clothes, which means that it is hard to get it all in the case. Even if you can squeeze it in, staying under the weight limit is still a challenge. Now if an experienced traveller like me struggles, I know you do too, so below I am going to share a few of my favourite winter packing tips with you.

Pack in advance

The first tip is to pack well in advance. That way if you realise your favourite jumper is too bulky you can slip out and buy a lighter one. This is a far better option than arriving at the airport looking like the Michelin man, because you have had to wear so many layers to be able to take the clothes you need with you. Of course, wearing some of your bulkier items is a good tip, but you do not want to have to take things too far.

Knitwear

When it comes to knitwear, opting for natural fabrics is best. These regulate your body temperature better. A cashmere jumper will keep your far warmer than a polyester one does. That means you can opt for a lighter one, which will take up less space and weigh less.

Nightgowns

Now I know that dressing gowns are not on most people’s pack list, but I usually take one when I travel in the winter. Hotel heating is a bit hit and miss. Sometimes you cannot get warm enough. In that situation, being able to put on a dressing gown over the top of your pyjamas means you can usually get warm enough to be able to sleep properly.

If you are using a service like Airbnb, you will be staying in a private home. In that situation, a dressing gown is essential for the sake of comfort and modesty.

The best option is a gown wrap. They are light and compact, so do not take up a lot of space.

Footwear

If I am travelling in the autumn, I will normally take a pair of soft shoes and wear a pair of ankle boots on the journey. In the winter months, I usually wear knee high boots. These are comfortable, support your feet when walking and will help to keep you warm. Try to avoid putting them in your case. If you have to do so use the space wisely by stuffing the foot part with small soft items like socks, or underwear.

Those are just a few of my winter packing tips. If you like this post please let me know in the comments, and I will try to write more if that is what my readers want.

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