How to Avoid Overpacking

It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a week, a month or even a year, knowing what to pack can be the hardest part about your travels. If you forget something, the chances are you’ll be able to pick it up in your destination. But you’d rather be spending your money on souvineers and activities right? There’s nothing worse than leaving home with a full bag and not having room for anything else. Its very easy to get carried away into overpacking but I have three very simple tips that will make a huge difference.


1. Stick to 2-3 colours

When you pack clothing make sure you choose between 2-3 colours that compliment eachother but that you can also mix and match. For example, in the past I chose blue and purple as my base colours. I also stuck to that rule with accessories and packed a purple scarf which I could wear it with my purple shirts as well as my blue shirts for different looks. By sticking to 2-3 colours you can actually pack less as everything you take can be mixed and matched.


2. Black basics

Some may think black is boring but when you travel it is incredibly versatile. The idea is that essentially every top you pack will go with a black pair of bottoms. For my most recent trip I have a pair of black Kathmandu pants I wear on hikes and in cooler weather, and also a pair of black denim shorts. I can wear any top with my Kathmandu pants and be ready to be active, or I can pair any top with my denim shorts for a more casual look. By packing black basics you will also be packing less. From personal experience I have found that people are less likely to notice you wearing the same black shorts 4 days in a row compared to that bright blue skirt that only goes with one other shirt you packed.


3. Layers

Travelling in the cooler months? No worries! Try and avoid packing several thick, bulky jackets and instead pack multiple cardigans and long sleeve shirts. Not only are they smaller and easier to squeeze into small places, but they will keep you warmer than just one big coat. Layering clothing is an effective way to keep yourself warm in cold weather as your body heat is trapped between each item of clothing you wear. Thus keeping yourself warm and saving room for souvineers!


Clothing takes up the most room in your luggage so its important to pack smart and not pack everything you think you need. The hardest part about packing is not knowing for certain what the weather is going to be like in your destination. You’ll have an idea but may not know for sure. When I travelled to Europe in winter I packed a snow jacket thinking it was going to be freezing and instead it was the mildest winter in 15 years. Sometimes you just never know. If you want to read more about my packing mistakes check out My 7 Packing Mistakes. If you have any tips to share to prevent from overpacking please comment below!


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