The VERY best packing tip EVER
It doesn’t take much researching or daydreaming about travel before the topic turns to packing.
What to pack, how to pack, what to pack things in, what NOT to pack….Roll clothes vs fold clothes, ziploc baggie vs packing cube, Backpack vs suitcase, big suitcase vs carry-on and on and on and on. There are tips on how to keep jewelry organized and how to keep clothes from wrinkling.
With SOO much packing and organizing…what is the REAL take away? What is the most important, one stop shopping piece of advice – the very best packing tip EVER?
Drum roll, please…..
The best packing tip EVER ? Pack light.
The only ‘tip’ you really need is to pack light. It isn’t clever, I know, but it is the best advice. No one ever brags, “Every year I pack heavier!”
How light is packing light?
Our trips – no matter the length, include 3 outfits per person – and that includes the one you are wearing.
3 pants (2 in suitcase – wearing one)
3 tops (2 in suitcase – wearing one)
2 shoes (1 in suitcase – wearing one)
jacket (check weather – if it is warm then leave this at home)
poncho (cheap thin ones are best)
undies (5 pair PLUS the one they are wearing)
socks (5 pair PLUS the pair they are wearing)
swimsuit (check to see if the pool is open, heated, and available….these are very unusual in Europe – if not leave this at home!)
**********Extras like toys/lovies, etc go in the child’s carry-on…NOT the family suitcase*******
There you have it. The BEST packing tip EVER !
Rolling? Folding? Who cares? When you are talking about 2 outfits…it doesn’t really matter. I do put undies and socks in a giant ziploc baggie (No, I don’t own stock in Zip-loc, but maybe I should! Love them!) because those things are small and seem to float around the suitcase.
As a matter of fact there are LOTS of reasons to use ziploc baggies when you pack!
But, you say….I’ll be gone for 10 days/2 weeks? That isn’t enough clothes to get us through! No, it isn’t.
You are going to have to wash clothes….
or have someone wash clothes for you.
It doesn’t have to be hard or difficult. For proof see my post on laundry:
Swishing a few things around in the sink at the end of the travel day is really no big deal. It never takes more than a few minutes. I do it while everyone unwinds and chats about the day. Easy peezy!
So when in Rome, do as the Romans! Or Morocco…. Wash and hang your things to dry like the locals!
Afraid you can’t pack light and still look like a million bucks? But you CAN!
Do you have a favorite packing tip? ? I’d love to hear from you! Leave YOUR favorite packing tip in the comments below.
Natalie, The Educational Tourist