If there’s one thing I know lots about it’s flying. I always seem to be on a plane heading somewhere, and if I’m not in the air, I’m packing a suitcase ready to go. There’s nothing I don’t know about the art of packing, and I’ve perfected it to a fine art.
If you’re like me and spend a lot of time traveling on business, you’re probably wondering how on earth you can fit everything you need into one small suitcase. When you’re in a hurry to get to that meeting, you don’t have time to wait at the baggage collection, so cabin baggage is essential.
With all the new rules these days about what you can and can’t take on board an aircraft, it can be a bit of a minefield, so here is my advice that every traveler should know about how to pack in a minimalist way.
Only Pack The Essentials
Never pack anything you won’t use. Planning ahead is the key. Lay out all of the items you’re planning on packing and then put anything you aren’t sure about back in the closet. By putting everything together you’ll see that you don’t need half the things you were planning on taking.
Taking Bulky Items?
If you really need a bulky item like a thick sweater or jacket, wear it rather than packing it to save on space.
Get The Right Fabrics
Choose the right clothes based on the fabric they’re made of. Garments that will dry quickly and which won’t wrinkle are ideal, and those that are lightweight will take up less space.
The Capsule Wardrobe
The capsule wardrobe really comes into its own when you fly regularly. Forget the idea of taking a fresh outfit for every day. Instead look for staple pieces which can be mixed and matched. Choose a color – black, brown, or grey, and then pair with more colorful tops.
If you want to travel light by taking a lightweight plain dress, you can change up your look every day by adding different jewelry and accessories every day to change its look. Scarves and belts also work well for this purpose and won’t take up much room.
Most women have the problem of wanting to take too many shoes. You really don’t need them. Pack two pairs when you travel, one pair of heels and one pair of flats and they will work with every outfit.
If you need to take a lot of clothing with you but only have a small suitcase, consider vacuum bags. They can squish your clothes right down so that you can fit a lot more in your cabin bag.
These days, you can’t take full-size toiletries on board a plane anyway, and even small-sized ones can take up a lot of room. Leave shampoo and conditioner at home instead and just use whatever is in the hotel bathroom. Or at the worst, just buy something when you arrive.