For years, every time I planned a trip, I envisioned myself arriving at my destination looking fashionable, with just a small suitcase in hand. And every time, I ended up lugging around a huge, overstuffed bag. I’ve since learned to travel light without compromising on style.
Only pack clothing you’re sure to wear. That chiffon leopard print skirt you uncovered at the back of your closet might not be your best bet. If you haven’t worn something for several months, there’s very little chance you’ll suddenly feel the urge to include it in your outfit during your two-week trip…
Select pieces that are neutral or part of the same colour palette. Being able to mix and match as many tops and bottoms as possible is ideal for creating a variety of looks.
Choose pieces you can layer on top of each other. This lets you switch up your outfits, and easily adapt to different weather conditions.
Avoid clothes that crease easily. This way, you’ll be looking sharp at all times without wasting precious time ironing.
Use accessories to add texture and colour to your outfits. A colourful or printed scarf is an easy way to liven up your look. It also uses up very little space in your luggage, and can easily be stored in a purse. I always slip two or three in my suitcase to jazz up my more basic looks.
Bring two or three simple pieces of jewellery. We often wear the same jewellery every day, so why take 20 different options on a trip? Wear a few timeless pieces on the plane. It’s also a good idea to pack one pair of shiny earrings or a statement necklace to pair with your dressier outfits.
Stick to two pairs of shoes. A winning combo: one pair of comfortable yet stylish sneakers, and another pair of classic shoes or booties that can also be worn with a cleaner look if needed. Ideally, both pairs would be comfortable enough to walk in all day long.
Simplify your skincare routine. To lighten up your beauty bag, choose just one moisturizer to use as both a day and night cream.
Trade in your regular makeup remover for all-in-one wipes. They’ll eliminate the need to pack a leak-prone bottle and a separate stack of cotton discs.
Favour cream-based eye shadows and blushes. Nobody wants to open their makeup bag and find their favourite eye palette crumbled to pieces. Avoid this situation entirely by choosing creamy formulas. Plus, you can use your fingers to apply them, which means you can leave your makeup brushes at home!
Slip a brightly-coloured lipstick into your makeup bag. This beauty must-have will brighten up your entire look without weighing down your luggage.
Choose a small suitcase. Even if you’re leaving for several weeks, selecting a smaller bag will force you to make smart choices while packing.
Use compression bags. Available in several sizes, these ingenious bags take the air out of your clothes and considerably reduce their volume. You can also use them to organize your wardrobe by separating your tops from your underwear, for example.