6 Tips for packing light on vacation

I just got back from a spectacular vacation to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man.

As much as I would love to tell you about my vacation, that’s not the intent of this post (although you can check out my Instagram feed to see some of my photos). Rather, I’m here to share some tips for packing light. It’s kind of my thing.

While packing light isn’t for everyone and isn’t right for every type of vacation, it can be liberating if you’re used to bringing big suitcases and heavy bags. Here are some tips to help you pack for a one or two-week vacation with just a carry-on bag.

1: Put Cosmetics and Liquids In Tiny Containers

I save tiny sample-size containers when I’m done using them. These are perfect for storing all kinds of liquids and cosmetics like hair gel, face cream, lotion, foundation, sunscreen, etc.

Tips for packing light (cosmetics)

2: Roll Your Clothes

This is an old trick but it works! I always roll my clothes up as tight as possible (see photo below). I am able to get several pairs of pants and shirts in my backpack using this method.

Tips for packing light (clothes)

3: Wear Your Bulkiest Items On The Plane

When you wear your heaviest or bulkiest items in transit, you don’t have to fit them into your luggage. I always plan on wearing heavier items – like jeans, boots, coat, sweater, etc. – on the plane.

4: Wear Clothes More Than Once

Believe it or not, you will survive wearing your clothes more than once on vacation! Plan for one outfit for every two days. If you’re gone one week, you should pack three outfits (plus your traveling outfit) . If you feel like your clothes are getting dirty, wash them out in your hotel sink using shampoo.

5: Pack Versatile Knits

Stretchy knits (think leggings, yoga pants, t-shirts, etc.) are lightweight and easy to pack. Choose coordinating colors to mix and match outfits.

6: Bring Two Pairs Of Shoes

Shoes take up a lot of room in luggage. Limit yourself to bringing two pairs of shoes (one casual and one dressier), and make absolute sure that they are both comfortable to wear!

Money Saving Tip: Avoid the ubiquitous pre-trip shopping spree.

In preparation for vacation, many people buy a bunch of new clothes, shoes, cosmetics, etc. This is costly and most likely unnecessary. Chances are, you have everything you need for your trip in your closet right now.

Cliffs of Moher in Ireland

 The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland – Notice how happy I look. This is because I packed light!

Do you have a fear of flying? Me too! Although I’ve learned to deal with it in an effort to travel as much as possible. Check out my post, How I deal with my fear of flying.

Do you have any vacation packing tips? Are there certain items that you can’t go on vacation without? Please share your ideas below!