If you love to travel, one of the best skills you’ll ever learn is the art of packing light. Traveling light will mean having less to worry about, no luggage to check in, a cheaper trip, and no backache carrying your many bags around. If all of that sounds good to you, read on for some important tips that you should try out for your next adventure:

Learn To Fold Efficiently

Make sure you learn to fold efficiently before your next trip. You might realize that you’ve been folding your things wrong the entire time! Some people roll their clothes up, and other fold them, but which is correct? Well, a mixture of the two, really. Folding can save space for certain items, and rolling for others. In some cases, layering your clothes and then folding them on top of one another to create a bundle will save space and help you to avoid dreaded creases. You can look here if you think you’re going to need something to keep everything in place. Whatever you do, practice this before you’re due to leave so you can feel confident you’ve saved as much space and weight as possible.


Buy Certain Items When You Get To Your Destination

Be reasonable. You can probably buy certain things that you were going to take with you at your destination. You don’t have to take every single thing with you, especially if it’s going to tip you over the weight limit. You could buy mouthwash and toothpaste and other toiletries when you get there, for instance, and leave them there on the way back.


Buy A Lightweight Suitcase

One of the greatest things you’ll invest in if you enjoy travelling is a lightweight suitcase. Make sure that it fits in with the majority of airlines carry on guidelines and that it has great reviews so you know it’s going to last before spending your money, though.


Pick Clothing You Can Mix And Match

Instead of taking lots of different outfits, take clothing that you can mix and match to create different looks. Don’t be afraid to take costume jewelry with you either, as this can make an outfit you’ve already worn look completely different if you do your hair and makeup differently too.


Wear Your Heavy/Bulky Items As You Travel

You might not want to wear your heaviest shoes when you travel, but it will save space and weight in your case, so pile on the heavy/bulky items on the plane.


Invest In A Suitcase Scale

Make sure you have a suitcase scale on hand so you can weigh your bag before you leave the house and avoid any extra charges befalling you at the airport. You’ll only curse yourself if you end up going ever so slightly over, so don’t risk it and make sure you get it right.

Traveling light is an art form that can take a little while to perfect. Practice using these tips and you’ll start getting used to it!


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Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.