5 Tips for Packing Light

The more you travel, the more you learn about the tricks to packing a good suitcase and at our PHL Airport parking company, we have a few favorite tips to offer that can lighten your load and make your vacation much more enjoyable:

Mix-and-Match

The majority of your suitcase is going to be clothing, right? So why pack a slew of different outfits when you can pack a few staple clothing items instead? Choosing pieces that you can mix and match to create several outfits to cut down on the amount of clothing you bring. Try packing a few items in one color scheme that you can interchange. Pack a jacket that can be worn with something casual or something dressy. Choose shoes that you’ll wear with more than one outfit.

Choose a Smaller Bag

It’s inevitable – you choose a bigger suitcase, you’re going to fill up that suitcase, so do yourself a favor and choose a smaller suitcase instead. It will help you narrow down your packing to what you really need instead of what you think you need. Plus, a smaller suitcase is always easier to carry around than a bigger suitcase.

Buy Toiletries There

Even just a few 3.5-ounce bottles can take up more room than you want (and can make your bag heavier), so instead of buying your travel-sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, and more, wait until you get to your destination and buy them there. You won’t have to worry about sorting through them at security and if you use them up during your trip, you won’t have to worry about bringing them back with you.

Wear Your Bulkiest Items

You only have so much room in your suitcase, so why take up most of it with a puffy jacket or your favorite pair of rain boots? Instead, set aside your bulkiest items and wear them during your flight or your road trip. You’ll free up space in your bag for other important things.

Revisit, Revisit, Revisit

If you’re a last-minute packer, it’s easy to just toss in what you think you’ll need and go, but that also means it’s easy to overpack. Next time you take a trip, try laying out your belongings a few days early and each day, revisit your choices and ask yourself: “Will I really need/wear that?” By the time your travel day comes, you’ll have narrowed down your pile to only the essentials and you’ll thank yourself later when you’re not overwhelmed by a suitcase filled with stuff you won’t use.