10 STEPS TO AVOID OVERPACKING
To help simplify the packing process, we’ve created this 10 step packing guide to avoid overpacking. Make this your first stop
when planning your next trip. And don’t forget to download your free packing checklist!
I’m a Chronic Overpacker and Don’t Know How to Travel Carryon Only?
This is a common packing question and we can help you by breaking it down in the following steps. Follow these 10 steps to learn how!
First, thing’s first: don’t stress. Packing isn’t easy. Whether you’re going away for a weekend or a year long trip with a bit of time, planning, and careful product selection you can pack well for any trip. These tips can help you if you want to travel carry-on only or if you simply want to choose the best options for your destination in a regular size suitcase.
These are a few quick ideas on how to avoid overpacking.
Use one of these international packing lists to find clothing ideas to dress appropriately for your destination. If you don’t see your destination listed, post a question on TFG’s Facebook Page and browse through our regional packing lists.
You’ll use the most important concept to help you determine what you do and don’t need: a capsule wardrobe. If you feel extremely overwhelmed at the idea of moving abroad, review this packing course which shows you specific techniques to plan around limited clothing choices, varying climates, and other unexpected life situations.
Don’t overpack shoes. Choose ones that match all your clothing and pack no more than 2-4 pairs. Read this 10 step guide to packing the best travel shoes for any trip. Browse our top travel shoe suggestions based on the footwear most recommended by TFG’s readers.
If you haven’t already purchased your luggage, take a look at the top recommendations for:
- Suitcase Recommendations
- Carry-on Suitcases
- Rolling Duffle Bags
- Travel Backpacks
- Weekender Bags
- Toiletry Bags
One of the most important aspects about packing efficiently is using travel organizers. This is especially important because you want to make the most of your suitcase space.
Learn how to downsize your toiletries and try not to bring a lifetime supply of any product. For useful tips such as downsizing toiletries and choosing the best travel makeup, visit our Travel Beauty section.
Packing well depends on your research. Determine what activities you will do on your trip to help you pack only the clothing you will use.
Reference these 10 step guides on packing by trip length for additional tips:
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