12 More Ways to Travel Light

Quick tips on traveling light.

  1. Women: 3-4 pairs of footwear is all you need: a comfy sandal*, a sneaker, a neutral heel that can go with everything, and a casual flat/bootie. If you have footwear that can do double duty then you may be able to travel with just 3 pairs.

  2. Men: 2-3 pairs of footwear is all you need: a sneaker, a comfy sandal or casual shoe/boot, and/or dressy shoes. If a boot or casual shoe can be worn to a nice dinner, you may be able to travel with just 2 pairs.

  3. Wear your heaviest or biggest shoe the day you are traveling.

  4. Wear layers including a lightweight jacket when traveling.

  5. If going somewhere where it’s warm, wear your bathing suit under your clothes. Especially if you are arriving before check-in. You’re able to enjoy the premises while you wait without having to change. I tend to wear my bathing suit, shorts, and tank under my winter fleece top and jeans so I can strip them off when I arrive.

  6. If traveling in a group, avoid bringing the same items and share toiletries, especially if you’re sharing a room.

  7. Wear the same outfit on your return trip. One less outfit to pack!

  8. Pack extra socks if you’re having more of an adventure trip.

  9. Pack extra underwear.

  10. Make copies of your passport, ID, and any other important documents. Carry a copy, and email them to yourself and a loved one in case of an emergency.

  11. Besides cash, take 2 credit or bank cards with you, preferably the kind without any ATM bank fees. Have one as your main card to use and the other in case you lose it. That way you’re not stuck with a frozen card, or asking whoever you’re traveling with for money the rest of the trip.

  12. Bring a power pack for your phone.


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