Spring quarter is the perfect time to travel: the sun is out, weekends are long and an exotic vacation is well deserved after a long winter! For short trips, you may want to pack light. Bringing just a carry-on suitcase will save you the hassle of having to check bags in and having to worry about airlines losing your luggage. Here are some of my best tips to fit everything you will need in a small amount of space.
1. Mix And Match
With limited space, less is more. Bring items of clothing that can be mixed and matched. I find four tops and three bottoms sufficient for a week-long trip, and I often take two pairs of shoes: one comfortable pair for days involving lots of walking and one dressier pair for dinners or more formal events. Try to find a bag that can double as both a day and an evening bag – for instance, a crossbody bag with a detachable strap, which can be worn on the shoulder in the daytime and as a clutch at night.
2. Roll vs. Fold
To roll or to fold? Well, both. Thicker garments such as coats, knits and jumpers are best folded, while thinner items like tops and trousers can be rolled to conserve space. If you have dresses or special pieces you want to keep crease-free, place them into individual garment bags, fold them in half and put them on top of everything else!
3. Wear Your Bulkiest Items
Planning on taking boots or coats on your trip? Wear them as part of your plane outfit. That way, you won’t have to worry about them taking up excessive space in your carry-on. You can also wear hats and other oddly-shaped things to avoid having to fit them in your suitcase.
4. Fill Gaps With Socks And Underwear
Save socks and underwear to pack last – you can stuff them wherever you see small gaps in your luggage. Fill the insides of your shoes and bags to keep their shape and economise space.
5. Beauty Samples
Travelling with just a carry-on means you won’t be able to pack liquids over 100ml in your toiletries. But you can still fit everything you need in a quart-sized bag – samples will be your best friend! Save skincare, shampoo and conditioner samples you get from buying beauty products, and pack them instead of full-sized bottles. If you want to bring your regular skincare products but they don’t come in a travel size, you can decant them into small bottles before packing them.
Hopefully you will find some of these tips helpful for minimalist packing! The next time you travel, you won’t have to worry about taking large, bulky suitcases with you – you can breeze through the airport with just a carry-on instead!