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I’ve been traveling almost full-time since 2016, so I promise, I can help you with this. 🙂
I remember when my husband and I first started to travel, we thought we needed to bring two carry-ons, and a HUGE luggage piece filled with stuff we didn’t even need (and a satchel).
So after a few more alterations of how we packed (for example, 2 carry-ons and 2 overly stuffed backpacks, so uncomfortable), we’ve decided to just go down to carry-ons. I think it was a good choice. 😉
And whenever we tell people we only take carry-ons (and sometimes the occasional reusable grocery bag with snacks and such), they are a bit shocked, but we loved it and we are able to bring everything we need. 🙂
Also, it’s helped us really think through what we actually use and need.
And with that last note in mind, here’s the first tip…
1. Really Think Through What You’re Going to Use
This was a learning curve for us, but I think we’re in a good place to make sure we’re not overpacking anymore.
It’s so easy to think, “Oh, I’m totally going to wear that dress or these shorts,” and then they only get brought out… maybe once.
Go for what you KNOW you will wear, nothing more, nothing less.
It’s a lifesaver and it will reduce your stress when traveling.
2. The Rolled Method
I know so many people already talk about this method, but I need to say it anyway.
When you roll your clothing (military style), it saves you so much room. I just packed my mother-in-law’s suitcase for her when she was going down south to see her mom in Florida and she was surprised by how much I could get in there.
It really is a great way to save a LOT of room and be able to bring all the necessities.
3. Wear Your Bulkiest Pieces in the Airport
Tennis shoes, jeans, sweaters, and anything else that takes up a lot of space are great to wear on airport days. Then you can get maximum space in your carry-on and not have to be one of those tourists lugging around a huge heavy checked bag.
I apologize, I know this is another tip that has been talked about a lot, but I feel like it’s something that we don’t always think about when the time actually does come to travel.
4. Toiletries and Beauty Products
I think it’s also important to use the “Will I actually use this?” Method when it comes to toiletries and beauty products.
So many times I brought a skincare product or some eyeshadow palette that I didn’t really need, but it ended up taking way more space than I wanted.
It’s so important to pair down on any liquid or dry products that will cause more stress on a travel day.
5. Choosing the Right Carry-On (It matters)
Side Note: We took this photo right before our trip to Thailand in early 2017. This was before we learned it was smart to ONLY take carry-ons. 😂
I’m not some sort of salesperson, I just want to talk about what we use because we love these suitcases.
They’ve been around the world with us for years, haven’t broken down, and are so easy to push and pull around the airport.
Travelpro suitcases are (in my opinion) one of the best carry-ons you can have. And if you are curious, you can check them out here. 🙂
The designs changed a bit since we got them in late 2016, and they’re not the cheapest, but they’re SO worth it!
6. Make Sure to Use a Packing Checklist
You have no idea how many times I’ve accidentally left something behind because I was in a rush and completely forgot.
So trust me when I say that a travel packing checklist is your best friend.
It’s something helpful to go over the night before, when you’re relaxed, to make sure that you’re not leaving anything behind. And especially something you really value.
I actually made one which you can get here for free!
Just make sure to use the discount code: YESTRAVEL
Click here to get your free travel checklist. 🙂
I really hope these quick and simple travel packing tips help you, and if you have any favorite packing tips yourself, let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear. 🙂
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