How to Pack Light Every Time

Bringing only a carry-on might avoid baggage fees, but it’s not that easy to pack light every time. Though some travelers are happy checking a bag or two, most women want to lighten their load. If you’re looking for guidelines on how to squeeze everything into a single carry-on even for long trips, keep on reading for our tricks.

Opt for double duty clothes that can make you stylish at the same time functional.

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If you’re not sure how to pack for your destinations with multiple climates, double duty clothes can be your best pick. Go for tops, bottoms, jackets, and coats that will make your trip fashionable at the same time functional. However, choose your carry-on wisely and make sure that it has enough pockets and compartments to help keep you organized, and that it’s as roomy as possible without exceeding your airline’s size requirements.

The secret to dealing with multiple climates is layering.

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Keep your heavy layers to a minimum as you can wear the same sweater as long as you keep changing the lighter shirt closest to your skin. And be sure to bring your jacket on the plane with you so you don’t have to stuff it into your suitcase. Like fashion blogger Blair Eadie, think of wearing your button-down shirt with your overalls and coat, or wear it with your favorite sweater and blazer.

Think of a little black dress for formal affairs.

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If you’re going to spend a week on a cruise ship, you might find shorts, bathing suits, and tank tops easy enough to pack, but a gown for a formal night is a bit challenging. Though you may skip formal night and head to the buffet or order room service, if getting dressed up for formal night is as much a part of your dream cruise, think of a little black dress. If there are a couple of formal nights on your cruise, save space by wearing the same dress twice with different scarves, shawls, jewelry, or other accessories. Also, choose shoes that can also go with other less formal outfits at dinner the rest of the week.

Consider mailing some of your clothes home so you don’t have to lug it around for the rest of the trip.

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If your trip starts in a wintry climate and ends in a tropical one, you may mail your cold weather gear at home. This can get expensive depending on where you are in the world, but if you have several weeks left in your trip, lightening of your load could be worth the price. Also, think of bringing along older clothes that you don’t mind donating or leaving behind along the way. By heeding our tricks, you’ll be able to pack light every time and make your trip a moment to remember.

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