The bane of every holiday-maker’s life is trying to close their suitcase before putting it onto the scales in the hopes that it will be under the weight limit. No matter where you’re headed, packing your suitcase is likely to be as painful for you as it is everyone else, which is why I’ve put together this handy guide on how to strip the weight away when you’re unsure of what to eliminate. I hope you find it useful!
You’ve probably already done the research on where you’re headed, and you’ll most likely already know the average temperatures from the many excited online searches you’ve done. With that said, an outfit plan is a great way of cutting down on your packing; if you already know the excursions you’re going to take and the days where you’ll just be lazing around the pool, then factor this in and lay out each daytime and evening outfit you’ll wear.
Everybody over-estimates what they’ll need when they go away, but you won’t wear all of those shoes, you won’t find a use for all those pairs of jeans, and you won’t be wearing all those different pieces of jewellery. Be realistic and only take what you’re positive you’ll wear. If your favourite piece of jewellery is your ChloBo charm bracelet that goes with every outfit, then just take that; if you think you’ll be spending most of your time each day at the beach, why do you have walking boots with you? Be ruthless with yourself.
Don’t take full sizes of anything when you don’t have to. You can buy travel-sized sun creams, tooth pastes and so on, but when it comes to things like shampoo, it’s better to pick up some bottles specifically for decanting these into. Not only will they help you cut down on weight on the way there, but they can be bought very cheaply and simply thrown away after use.
If you can’t find travel sizes, an alternative is to simply buy things while you’re there. There is likely to be a supermarket nearby, and most hotels stock the essentials for guests who have left things behind. You can even do this for things like beach bags or blow up rings for the pool; it may be more cost effective to buy these for very little money from a souvenir shop, and simply leave them behind when you come back.
You may think you’ll do work while you’re on holiday, or that you’ll spend hours curling your hair, but in reality, you won’t write a single email and your hair will permanently be clipped up because of the heat. Again, be realistic with yourself, and leave any unnecessary items like hairdryers and laptops at home.
If you have any other tips for how to streamline the packing process, don’t forget to leave them in the comments section.