If you’re planning a Easter Weekend getaway, it’s time to start thinking about the task every traveler dreads: packing !
Most people struggle between two extremes — either they pack too little or way too much. But there is a middle ground, and you can make it through a three-day weekend without incurring additional luggage fees or feeling like you have nothing to wear.
Follow these five simple tips to avoid any future baggage mishaps and make packing for your next three-day vacation a breeze.
No more squished-in clothes, no more sitting on your suitcase struggling to get that zipper closed. But with a bigger bag, you’ll find that instead of packing the same amount as before, the extra space gives you license to edit less and bring more.
So next time you go away, particularly for a weekend, choose a bag that is carry-on size or slightly larger. This will ensure that you don’t needlessly over-pack and will virtually guarantee no extra handling fees. And, even if you’re not flying, you won’t have to worry about lugging around an unwieldy suitcase.
If you only follow one tip on this list, follow this one: Pack your favourite things. When you go into your closet each day, how many of those items do you actually wear? Probably only about 10 to 15 per cent.
We all have standbys that we love to wear, feel good in and reach for again and again. So, when you’re going away, why not pack the items that are already on heavy rotation in your closet? Now’s not the time to bring that pretty, yet uncomfortable skirt that you’ve never worn or those gorgeous shoes that you love but hate how much they hurt your feet. If it’s not in your regular rotation, don’t pack it. It will needlessly take up space and you’ll come home with it the same way you left with it — unworn.
Rule of three
For women, deciding what to bring often gets more complicated when it comes to shoes. Shoes take up a lot of space and, let’s face it, we have shoes for just about every outfit. As a general rule of thumb, don’t bring more than three pairs of shoes. Wear one pair when you travel (try a comfortable, yet dressy flat) and pack a pair of heels and a pair of running shoes (if you plan on working out while away). If you’re taking the weekend off your workout routine, add another pair of casual shoes to the mix.
To save space, bring items that can be worn more than once. A pair of jeans can be worn with flats or heels and all you have to do is switch in a different top for a totally different look. Toss in a versatile sweater that you can have handy in case temperatures are chillier than expected. Also, bring clothing in neutral colours (such as black, white, tan or grey) to make mixing and matching easier.
A simple way to create unique looks without adding lots of bulk to your suitcase is to pack a few small items of jewelry. Toss in a couple of statement necklaces or some bangles that go with everything so you can take your outfits from day to night.