Tips

10 Tips to Avoid Overpacking For a Trip

Time to use the KonMari method on your suitcase.
IMAGE UNSPLASH
Comments

One of the greatest pains when it comes to traveling is packing. Filipinos, in general, tend to fill their suitcases with too many clothes, toiletries, and shoes in an attempt to be prepared for any situation.

If you correctly trim down the items in your suitcase, however, you'll realize how much stress you'll be saving yourself from in the long run. Here are some top packing tips to help you save on luggage space:

1. Bring a smaller piece of luggage.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Away (@away) on

As a traveler, you will tend to be warier of what you bring when you know you have limited luggage space. However long your trip may be, make it a point to take only one handy carry-on and one check-in bag with you when you fly. And, however big your suitcase might be, fill it only halfway to save the other half for any souvenirs or shopping that you might take home. (As easy as it is to pop into a department store and just buy an additional suitcase on your trip, this can be avoided by packing correctly).

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

More: Fashion Icon Iris Apfel Shares Her Best Packing Tip

2. Choose your clothes wisely.


Apart from the obvious reason of meticulously picking the clothes that don’t wrinkle so easily, travelers must also choose the options that are easier to fold and if needed, roll up. For example, leave that thick knitted sweater behind and replace it with a lighter HeatTech sweater instead. If you’re going to a destination where rain is expected, then opt for a jacket with a breathable shell, which is usually less bulky.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

If wrinkles are an issue, then take a page from Jackie Kennedy Onassis's travel books and use packing paper to separate each article of clothing.

3. Make a must-pack list.

Before starting to pack, list down the essentials. The exact number of outfits you need according to each day you’re away, undergarments, sleepwear, footwear should go first. Then proceed with other smaller items such as headgear, toiletries, and socks. Add another section for non-negotiables such as daily vitamins and emergency medication. This list will act as your guide, as well as a reminder, not to take anything that is not needed.

4. Think twice and declutter after packing.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

After placing everything in your suitcase, take another look at everything you’ve packed. Evaluate whether there is anything that wasn’t on your list originally and if there is anything you can do without. Some things you likely won’t be needing include a hairdryer as most hotels already provide one, a laptop if you can survive with just your tablet or your smartphone, and more than one travel adaptor.

5. Get organized and use packing cubes.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by EzPacking | Packing Cubes (@ezpacking) on

Packing cubes will also help regulate the items that you put in your bag. Apart from keeping clothes wrinkle-free and from shifting around due to flight turbulence, packing cubes will keep your garments compressed. You can also take comfort in knowing that these handy travel accessories will help you navigate through your luggage when unpacking.

6. Make use of laundry services.

Packing an ensemble a day becomes impractical when you’re going on a long holiday or planning to be away for a month or more. After deciding on the essentials you want to take, it will be much more convenient for you to make use of the laundry services available at the hotel you’re checked into. You can even have an online concierge take care of your dirty laundry if you aren’t staying at a hotel. That way, you wouldn’t need to worry about washing, drying, and pressing yourself.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

7. Limit yourself to two pairs of shoes.


Footwear, especially men’s shoes, is typically the culprit taking up the majority of your luggage space. Aside from the shoes you wear on your flight, pack only one other pair of shoes in your carry-on luggage and a handy pair of sandals or flip-flops. If you’re considering taking a pair of shoes that you intend to wear only once during the trip, then save that place in your bag for other items.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

More: Things You Must Pack in Your Travel Carry-On Bag

8. Trim down on toiletries.


If you’re staying at a hotel that will likely offer quality lotions and potions, then you can leave your own products at home. You can survive without your beauty staples for a few days. At the very least, try to pack travel-sized versions of your toiletries and other skincare products.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

More: Who Hoards Those Toiletries From Five-Star Hotels?

9. Consider shipping some items home.

If your worry is that you have too many things to lug around, especially if you're coming from a colder location and heading to a hotter destination, you can always have some of the more bulky items like winter jackets or boots, sent home. If convenience is on your mind, then this is definitely a more helpful option.

More: What to Pack for Every Type of Holiday Trip

10. Coordinate your colors.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by LoveStyleMagic - Handmade (@lovestylemagic) on

There's always a battle between packing what is needed and packing the more sartorial options. But it might be best to stick with neutrals or muted colors for quicker mixing and matching. If there's an article of clothing that might not be paired with more than one item in your bag (e.g. statement pieces), then leave it at home.

And lastly, if you don't overthink it, everything should be fine.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Comments
About The Author
Hannah Lazatin
Features Editor
Hannah is originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
View Other Articles From Hannah
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
"You’ve been my idol since I was a child," Meghan reportedly said. "I’ve hero worshipped you all my life."
 
Share
“The acquisition of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf brand will be JFC’s largest and most multinational so far with business presence in 27 countries,” according to Tony Tan Caktiong
 
Share
If only we could just ask Janet what's in store for Eleanor and the crew.
 
Share
The vice president and publisher of Penguin Classics is putting the spotlight on Filipino literature.
 
Share
This is the luxury jeweler's first standalone store outside of Rustan's.
 
Share
It's located on an unassuming corner in Tokyo’s Shibuya neighborhood.
 
Share
Bong makers used to be arrested for their work. Now, some of the most intense bongs you've ever seen are going up for public auction for the first time ever.
 
Share
Earlier this year, the show's creator David E. Kelley said that there's "no such plan" for another season.
 
Share
Take a look back at Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin's visit with the royal family right here.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US