When traveling to any destination, it can be tempting to overpack. Though excessive packing may be okay on short road trips, it's not the best idea when traveling to the far reaches of the world. For this reason, experienced globe-trotters often embrace a less is more mentality when packing their luggage. While less is more packing doesn't mean leaving everything behind, it does mean you'll need to pack like a pro and carefully consider each item before it ends up in your bag. So, to help you weed out any unnecessary items and make the most of your limited space, consider implementing the following eight tips.
1. Roll your clothes.
To make the most efficient use of your limited space, roll your clothes instead of folding them. Beyond the space-saving benefits, rolled clothes (when rolled correctly) also tend to end up less wrinkled than their regularly-folded counterparts. If you are unsure about the best way to roll your clothes, do a quick search online. There are plenty of online tutorials that demonstrate effective rolling techniques.
2. Utilize compression bags.
For bulkier items that don't roll well (pillows, blankets, puffy jackets, etc.), use compression bags to eliminate the extra bulk. If possible, pick compression bags that don't require a vacuum for sealing, so you can easily reuse the same ones on your trip home. Even if you choose not to use the compression bags right away, consider tossing a couple into your bag for later to compress your dirty clothes. This will free up more room for souvenirs.
3. Wear your bulkier items.
Whenever possible, wear your bulkier items to and from your destination. This will free up heaps of space in your suitcase for other important items and may even help you save money on baggage fees.
4. Do your laundry on the go.
If you are willing to do some laundry during your travels, you'll be able to wear the same clothes multiple times while away. This will allow you to pack far fewer outfits, leaving you with fewer bags to transport to and from your destination.
5. Fill your spare shoes with small breakables.
To help ensure your items arrive in one piece, slip any small breakables into your socks, then slide your sock bundles into a spare pair of shoes. This not only saves space, but also provides extra protection for your breakables.