Posted on January 19, 2017 in Transportation
How much packing is overpacking?
The more often one travels, the more he or she grasps the art (and necessity) of packing light. It’s a skill that is slowly mastered—much like recreating the perfect pumpkin spice latte from scratch—so we’ll save you the time, hassle and regret that often comes from an overpacked bag.
If you need to pack for a long trip, Shofur makes it easy. Unlike airlines that will nickel-and-dime you for each additional piece of luggage, Shofur allows two full-sized pieces of luggage in addition to a carry-on bag, no charge.
Here are four tips to lighten your load. Take it from us, we know a thing or two about traveling.
Make a list
I know what you’re thinking, “A list? Do people still have time for those?” It may seem tedious, but creating a packing list is one of the most practical ways to help yourself differentiate between what’s actually needed and what’s not. Without this, it’s much easier to fill your bag with items you know deep down you won’t use but have convinced yourself you will (put that extra outfit down right now.). We’ve all been there.
As you pack, cross off each item on the list and resist the urge to add more. Not only will this help you to pack lighter but it will also silence the voice in the back of your head whispering, “You forgot something.”
Here is a helpful template that will make this task a breeze.
Leave your “just-in-case”
The unknown aspect of traveling stirs in us a desire to prepare for the worst, but when it comes to packing, the “what if” game will get you in trouble. Although it’s tempting, try not to pack in preparation for the worse-case scenario. If you find yourself throwing something into your bag “just-in-case,” leave it out. The chances of something going wrong are slim and, if they do, you’ll most likely be able to find what you need close by.
Space is precious, don’t waste it with full-size containers of shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, etc. Instead, make a quick run to the store and grab travel-sized bottles of all your necessary toiletries or containers you can decant them into. In addition to saving space, you’ll also end up decreasing the weight of your luggage by a few pounds.
Keep it simple
The easier your clothing is to match, the less of it you’ll have to bring. Bright colors and patterns are fun, but stick to neutral colors that are versatile and mix well with one another (black, white, navy, khaki). Follow this piece of advice and your outfit options will be seemingly unlimited. Less clothing, more choices—doesn’t that sound nice?
Roll, don’t fold
Rolling your clothes up like a taquito will allow you to maximize your space potential. If done correctly, your clothes won’t wrinkle as much because you’re not creasing them. For max efficiency, roll up entire outfits together in one bundle.