5 Tips on How To Travel Light
With a trip to Spain coming up in just a couple days, I’m literally giddy at the thought of visiting beautiful cities, immersing myself in the local culture, and engaging in a gastronomical journey! It’s a 10 day trip, action-packed with visits to several different cities in Spain. With all that we have planned, carrying a light suitcase will be immensely helpful in keeping us quick on our feet. There are a few things to consider, which affect how and what I pack.
- While we will be wearing clothes suitable for the hot weather, we have to be mindful of certain places which require covered, respectful attire (eg, churches and other places of worship)
- During the day, we will be walking a lot. During the night, we will be out dancing a lot
- We will be shopping a lot
Keeping these scenarios in mind, how do you travel light? As someone who travels abroad a fair amount, here are 5 tips that I have found to be useful time and again.
- Mix and match. It goes without saying. For instance, instead of packing three entirely different outfits for three different days, take a top that you can pair more than once with different bottoms (whether it’s shorts, a skirt, or your favorite pair of jeans). There is no shame in repeating an article of clothing during a trip as long as you can style it with other items in your suitcase to create new looks
- Bring versatile pieces of clothing. Take a dress that you can wear as a top during the day and then wear it as the dress itself when going out at night. Viola!
- Always travel with a scarf, cardigan or light sweater. This applies to even traveling in the summers. A cardigan (or any other layering piece) is your friend during long, chilly flights and in places you never thought of (eg, if visiting a church or other place of worship where you need to be covered up)
|One blouse that can be paired with 3 different bottoms and accessories to create different looks|
Aah, the age old question – how many pairs to take? I usually take at most 3 pairs of shoes, whether it’s for a short trip or a long one. This typically includes 2 pairs of comfortable shoes (flats or sneakers) and a pair of heels. For a trip where I intend to be a walking tourist, I don’t care how much more stylish heels look compared to flats. For me, it’s comfort above all else. And who says you have to sacrifice style for comfort? There are tons of cute flats that you can wear for the daytime! To transition to nighttime, take a kick ass pair of heels. And if possible, wear the bulkiest pair of shoes while traveling so that it doesn’t take up room in your suitcase!