Travel Tips November 03, 2017
How To Pack Everything You Need For A Weekend Getaway In Just A Backpack
Traveling light is everyone’s dream. It means less belongings to keep track of, and easy transport! If you’ve found yourself longing to be one of those expert travelers with one perfectly packed bag, but feeling as though it’s simply impossible; fear not! There is hope for you yet.
1. Consider your weekend activities and plan your wardrobe around them in advance by making a detailed list of all needed items.
If you allow yourself enough advance planning you won't run into the issue of needing to bring several options. You'll be able to determine just the bare minimum of acceptable attire and avoid having to bring varying levels of casual to fancy based on where you could end up.
2. Roll your outfits up separately.
Pick out all the wardrobe changes you'll need during your trip including your shirts, pants, undergarments, and even socks. Stack each outfit up and roll them all up separately. This will not only keep you from bringing more than you need, but will also save space in your bag compared to individual folding.
3. Stay minimalist with toiletries.
We all have favorite beauty and self care routines so this one can be tricky. Only bring the essentials and do a little research to find out what your hotel offers in advance. For makeup lovers out there, try to use sample sizes and separate all toiletries into smaller travel containers when possible.
4. Use those apps!
Eliminate books, maps, and all other hard copy items by taking full advantage of your phone. I hear all you workaholics cringing and griping about how you'll need your computer. Download a good cloud storage and word based app for your phone or tablet to eliminate the need for your computer. Still not good enough? Prioritize all the tasks that absolutely must be done on your computer in the days leading up to your trip.
5. Wear your bulky clothes during transit.
If you simply can't get away with just one sweater, layer it on (within reason) during the ride to your destination. This keeps it out of your luggage to make space for more and allows you to have it on hand to wear during your whole getaway. Just make sure you won't overheat yourself and can stay comfy during all that traveling.
6. Apply the bulky clothes principal to your shoes and accessories.
Shoes almost always take up the most space in everyone's luggage. If you have a fantastic pair of hiking boots that are a little bit on the bulky side, or tall leather boots to die for, wear them during transit to clear up the space in your bag.
7. Find the right bag.
Using just a backpack is heavenly during transit, but can be a little difficult to stay organized. We're all different thinkers and no one bag will be perfect for everyone. If having separate compartments helps you keep things organized, go for it. If you'd rather have one big open compartment, there are plenty of options that are also perfect. Whatever you choose in terms of style just make sure the quality is there, test all the zippers, and try to find one with a front support strap. Your bag might not feel heavy when you first walk out the door for your adventure, but picture yourself an hour in of standing around waiting for your train. You'll love the added support option.
8. Go with similar color schemes to cut down on accessories.
If all your tops match your pants you will avoid needing multiples of shoes, belts, and other clothing items. This will also give you the option to wear the same pair of jeans or slacks more than once and the option of bringing only one sweater and/or jacket.
9. For dynamic duos: coordinate your packing efforts to avoid bringing two of shareable items.
If you're traveling and sharing accommodations with that special someone simply coordinate your efforts. Make a separate list of shareable items and split it down the middle. You'll save tons of space so long as you're comfortable sharing things like body wash and phone chargers with your favorite traveling partner.
10. Breathe and talk yourself through the travel anxiety and avoid the urge to pack a bunch of stuff you don't need at the last minute.
One way many people cope with their travel stress is by overpacking to give a false sense of preparedness. By now you've made your list, you've checked it twice, and you've executed it. Talk yourself through the travel butterflies and feel good knowing you've got this. You're a traveling superhero and you're ready to take on the unknown. You don't need that extra v-neck, third additional pair of socks, or random vitamins you don't take even when you're at home, but found in your cabinet.
You will also feel tempted to bring your favorite cat who has recently claimed your packed, but open bag. Fight all these urges and zip up your bag (make sure the cat is out of the bag… so to speak).