Have you ever come home from vacation, unpacked your bag, and realized you didn’t use half your stuff? Think about all that extra weight you lugged along the whole trip! There is something incredibly satisfying about packing exactly what you need – nothing extra, nothing missing. Here are 8 easy tips to help you strike that delicate balance and pack lighter on your next vacation.
1. Pack the Right Bag
Start out on the right foot by choosing the absolute smallest bag that you will be comfortable carrying. A small bag puts a definitive cap on the amount of stuff you can bring, which ensures you’ll bring less and prevents you from coming home bogged down with souvenirs. If your planned vacation includes day trips, make sure you also bring a comfortable day pack that squishes down small until you need it – then put it to work carrying only what you need on your day’s adventure.