Ever since my boyfriend graduated and moved down to London, my life has been filled with train journeys and long weekends. It’s fabulous being able to spend so much of my time exploring our lovely Capital, but that experience can be tainted if you’re weighed down by tonnes of luggage. I used to be amazing at packing light, but as I’ve gotten older and more materialistic, I’ve lost my touch. There is just so much to account for when you’re going away for a long weekend, or even a week.
Recently however, I have really been putting an effort into streamlining my packing. I’ve realised that most of the time, I don’t end up even wearing half the outfits I pack and, I can live without my entire makeup collection for a few days. Honestly, learning to pack light is liberating. You’re only taking what you actually need, and, you can focus on having a great time, rather than what you’re going to wear. Basically, it all boils down to planning everything ahead of time.
Packing light is just easier for so many reasons: you don’t have to constantly worry about what to wear, you’re not carrying around heavy bags all the time and, you don’t end up packing loads of things you never actually use.
So, whether you’re going away for a weekend, or two weeks – here is my ultimate guide to packing light!
Have a Plan for Your Time Away
You can’t even begin to pack effectively until you know what you are actually going to be doing when you get there. If you’re going for a hike then you hardly need to take your best stilettos do you?
Having a plan for your time away, ahead of time, will help you know what clothes you need to take, and how many. Also, if you have a decisive plan, then you minimise the chances of forgetting anything you actually need. Chances are, you don’t need to take 3 pairs of trainers to match your outfit everyday, which leads onto my next point…
Create a Mini Capsule Wardrobe.
I don’t know about you, but I have an entire wardrobe full of clothes, and I always end up wearing the same outfits. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. If you’re like me, this can actually be very useful when trying to pack light. If you’re not planning on going anywhere fancy, then why not just stick with your trusty outfits? This cuts down packing time massively, and you know that you’re going to look bomb and be comfy in all the outfits you take.
Often, by creating a mini capsule wardrobe, you will actually have more outfits options! Which works out well if you like to have a few more options during your time away. If you make sure that all your clothes go together, then it’s far easier to mix and match!
Just Keep Rolling
Lacking space in your suitcase? Roll your clothes up like there’s no tomorrow! I have been using this trick for a few years now and i’m surprised by how much of a difference it has made. It actually creates so much more space in your suitcase. I’ve found that rolling your clothes works especially well when you roll your socks and underwear inside your t-shirts etc.
I have actually even started using the rolling technique in my bedroom drawers. I’m that much of a rolling fan.
Packing Beauty and Skincare
See what is already there
This is so essential no matter where you’re going. If you’re staying in a hotel, chances are they have a hair dryer and a whole host of mini shampoos and conditioners. If you’re committed to the cause, then take advantage of this! I know a lot of the time, the shampoo is not as nice as the one you would usually use, but it’s not forever. Also, you can always request for more in the reception when you run out.
If you’re travelling to stay with friends or family, make sure you ask them if they have a hairdryer, straighteners etc that you can use. You can save so much space by not having to take big bottles of toiletries and large electrical items.
Whip out those samples and testers
This is my favourite tip of them all! Surely I am not the only person with a huge bag of samples and testers just waiting to be used? Travelling is the perfect opportunity to take some new products for a test drive. Not only that, but by taking sample sizes, you’re carrying a much lighter load. Who knows, you may just discover a new beauty favourite. This happened for me with the Living Proof Restore Instant Repair, which is now one of my favourite hair products!
If you travel a lot, then it might be worth actually purchasing the travel size of some of your favourite products. I’m actually thinking of doing this with the Pixi Glow Tonic!
Take Versatile Products
This is especially the case with Makeup. I love switching up my makeup just as much as I like wearing something different each day. And, as long as you have versatile products, this is super easy. For example, make sure you take an eyeshadow palette that can easily take you from day to night. My favourite at the moment is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette!
By taking more versatile products, you won’t feel like you are stuck with the same makeup everyday. And, you won’t be adding a hefty weight to your luggage!
Don’t Get Carried Away
This is basically the moral of this entire post. It can be so easy when you are packing to get carried away. This is especially the case with longer trips. You think you need to take 5 going out outfits and 7 pairs of shoes because you don’t know how you are going to feel when you get there. But really, you probably will wear the same 2 outfits on every night out. So, resist the urge!
Does anyone have any other packing tips and tricks? I would love to know down in the comments! If you use any of these tips then let me know!
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