I have always been a heavy packer. I remember going on a three day tour in Bohol and bringing in a shitload of clothes, only to use a third of what I brought all throughout the trip. I also went to Boracay on that same year, only to realize that I was geared with a week’s worth of clothes for a three day trip. What a bummer.
Despite the fact that I have been travelling a lot since college, moving back and forth from my hometown up north to our campus in Laguna, I never really understood what packing “light” means. I hated baggage, sure, but I also didn’t know how to lessen the clothes that I’m bringing. It wasn’t until Mark and I’s trip to Cagbalete that I realized that I know how to pack light, I just kept on letting anxiousness take over.
Anyway, the trigger was actually pretty simple. We decided to have a rule that we would only bring one backpack per person for everything that we’ll need for the trip. That would actually include my bulky and trusty DSLR, my clothes, toiletries, towel, and everything else. At first, I found it hard to eliminate the clothes, but once I got the hang of it, I realized that it wasn’t as hard as I think it was. In fact, I was able to travel on a small backpack on my succeeding trips after that. I know most of us find packing a challenge, but here are some of the things that I learned from my previous experiences, which I hope would be useful for you guys as well!
Tip #1: Know what’s ahead of you.
One of the main things that would determine your baggage would definitely be your activities. List down what you plan to do on your trip and assign clothes for each activity. Know the weather as well and account all the needed items per day. If you would only bring what’s needed, it would be easier for you to eliminate unnecessary items. I bet you won’t be using that cute overalls on your surfing trip, hun.
Tip #2: Sachets are your best friend.
You don’t need that big ass bottle of lotion for a three day trip to the beach! If you are to pack, bring ample amount of the smaller versions of toiletries that you’ll be using. Ditch the bottles and stick to sachets as these would give you plenty more space for clothes. That three precious inches on your bag can still fit a shirt or two. Trust me.
Tip #3: Fold them properly.
There are various folding techniques found on the internet, depending on the type of bag that you’re using. I personally like rolling my shirts, as I feel like it’s the most efficient. Here’s one of the best tutorials that I’ve seen when it comes to packing, although it’s more for suitcases more than any thing else.
Tip #4: Know your gear and compartmentalize.
It is best to know all the zips and compartments on your bag when you’re packing for a trip. That hidden zipper can be a nice place to hold your ipad or other gadgets. That front compartment can be useful for your toiletries. Strategically plan on how you’ll fit your other knicknacks on those zips and pockets, and you can miraculously fit everything inside a small bag. Believe and it will happen (lol). In case you’re not sure your bag can fit everything in, maybe it’s time to give it a go and invest on a bag that would make you happy. Zalora has a nice selection of Jansport Bags that you might actually be interested with!
Tip #5: For the girls, only bring make up that you’ll be using.
We all have our make up kits and pouches where we keep everything together, but you don’t have to let that bulky set take over on your whole bag. Again, bring what’s only necessary. Honey, you won’t be using those 20 shades of lipstick on your pouch, or those three different palette of eyeshadows for just quick getaway. Ditch the extra baggage and stick only to those that you swear you’ll be using.
BONUS: Free Downloadable Thing-y!
If you feel like applying these “tips” and you’re being a little OC, I’ve created a free downloadable checklist / guide that you can print out! Just click the link below:
How about you? How do you pack light? Share it below and let me know! I’d love to learn more tips, especially if you’re preparing for bigger and longer trips! Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Zalora. All thoughts, words and opinions on this post are solely my own.