Sometimes packing light isn’t all about making decision on what to take and what not to take. Sure, that does play a big part of it, but there are other factors that help you to know what to take and what not to take and think outside the box to be creative about saving space in your suitcase. Here are some tips we have compiled for you on packing light:

  1. Do Your Research. This is the number one thing because researching the weather will help you understand what types of clothing you will need. Specifically, search the weather one to two weeks before your travel so that you can understand if the weather is going to be unseasonably warm or cold. This way, you can plan to pack efficiently. Remember to take into consideration that some areas of Australia get cold at night, even when it is very warm during the day. Therefore, be sure to check the weather ranges for each day. If you aren’t going to be outside late at night, remember that you might not need a jacket; but if you are camping or staying out late, then you should take one.
  2. Plan Your Daily Itinerary. If you plan out your itinerary for each day, you can then know what you will need to wear, and most importantly, what you won’t need to bring as well.
  3. Plan What You Will Wear Each Day. Once you know what the weather will be like for the duration of your trip and when you know what you are doing each day, if you plan out what to wear each day and see what clothing items you can have do double duty, this will help you be most efficient.
  4. Choose Clothing Items that Mix or Match. You will have a better chance of being able to reuse more clothing articles and pack less if you choose outfits that mix and match. If you stick with the same color scheme, then that helps your minimalistic efforts and will also reduce the amount of shoes you would need.
  5. Don’t Bring Things “Just-in-Case”. If you have a habit of bringing things “just-in-case”, chances are you won’t need them. When you plan your activities, then you will know what you don’t have to bring “just-in-case”.
  6. Pack Less Shoes. Shoes and boots take up a lot of room in your suitcase. Try to narrow it down to two or three shoes at most including the ones you are wearing the day you travel. That means at most two pairs of shoes in your suitcase. Try to choose the smallest pairs of shoes to pack and wear the larger ones the day of travel.
  7. Choose Portable Size Personal Care Items. It may be extra money, but investing in some travel size personal items will definitely save you a lot of room. Smaller sizes are available in just about every type of toiletry item and bathroom essentials. Here is a list for you to use as a check list:
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrush
    • Dental floss
    • Collapsible brush
    • Sunscreen
    • Makeup
    • Antiperspirant / deodorant
    • Lotions
    • Hair care products
  8. Minimize Your Electronics and Gadgets. Try not to over pack your electronics. Bring a small laptop, your phone, and chargers. Adapters might be necessary but you can most likely find adapters where you are going.

So what shouldn’t you bring? One tip I saw said to forego bringing a wallet. It can be a magnet for pickpockets. Instead, they suggested to put your money, your credit cards, house key, and passport in your passport folder. Then, all of your essentials are in one place. Be sure to keep it secure. What else should you leave home?

  • Your full key ring and keys.
  • A travel guide book (you can use your phone)
  • Books (you can use your phone)
  • Umbrellas