No matter if you’re going on weekend getaway or a year-long trip, what (and how) you pack will dictate how prepared you are for your journey. Our mates at Skyscanner Australia, have tried just about every method there is when it comes to packing. Here are fifteen top tips on how to pack light and travel with ease.
What to pack:
1. Coordinating clothes.
While your cartoon-print fluro pants are a must-have item at home, they might be hard to colour coordinate while on the road. Pack a variety of neutral coloured clothing (tan, grey, black, white) as well as a few statement accessories to ensure that every outfit matches. It’s best if every top can match every bottom to get the most versatile wardrobe with just a few pieces. If you’re going to be in varying climates, layer clothing instead of packing a puffy coat you’ll only wear once.
2. A sarong.
A sarong is useful no matter where you go. You can use it as a scarf, a blanket, a towel, a makeshift curtain in a hostel bunkbed, at the beach, and as a hygienic barrier against questionable surfaces.
3. Dental floss.
Aside from keeping gingivitis at bay, a few metres of dental floss can double as a clothesline, shoelace, and stitches up any holes that come from wear and tear.
Instead of packing heavy books that will be nothing but dead weight once you’ve read it, load all books onto an e-reader to save space. You can even load guidebooks that are easy to flip through by using the search function.
5. Clothes made of quick-dry material.
If you pack shirts and shorts made from lightweight, quick-dry material, you’ll save space, weight, and be able to wash your outfits in any hotel sink whenever they need a scrub. Simply hang them overnight and they’ll be dry by the next morning to wear again.
For another packing tip that’ll make sure you arrive to your destination feeling good and looking ceaseless, we’ve got the packing protocol for you: