A lot of people are travelling for Thanksgiving, and Black Friday. Knowing my people, this can only lead to one thing: SHOPPING! And if you have to get on a plane with all of your newly purchased merchandise, your biggest fear is an overweight bag or too many items that won’t fit into your luggage. Packing may seem simple, but it is a science with rules that travelers often learn the hard way over thousands of miles on the road. Doing it strategically can be the difference between an additional bag fee and a smooth trip.
What You Need
Space saving bags. Not everyone has these so fear not. You know those “Ziploc” bags that clothes ship in online? Or even just freezer bags. Yeah those. They’re perfect for this. I have a ton from my summer order with Zaful and a few from a previous order last year. I used to only use them to hold liquids but when I saw this technique I was blown away and forever changed. You’ll be amazed at how many items you can fit into those things!
I’m not kidding. Last month I probably spent a little over $800 shopping. I got 8 new pairs of shoes, a ton of Autumn and Christmas decorations, a new stand mixer, toys for my niece and a ton of new clothes for work. But if anyone knows me, they know I don’t believe in spending a lot of money of clothes. The most I spent was $30 on a pair of pants and that was hard for me. I’ll be breaking down my new favourite clothing pieces next month, but I did get two or three new dresses, 6 new dress pants, 2 new pairs of jeans and at least 15-20 blouses. And EVERYTHING fit! My heaviest luggage was 48 lbs. After a brief celebration, I sauntered to security with my new yoga mat. So how did I do it?
Follow These Steps
Gather your clothes
Gather all the garments you may need on your trip, then edit down your choices so you don’t overpack—a common mistake. Put back at least half of the items you think you need. For my trip, I took two pairs of shoes, one jeans, one pyjama pant, one skirt and two shirts. THAT’S IT!
Tip: Pack double-duty garments, like t-shirts that moonlight as pajamas, and versatile shoes that go with every outfit. Go for transitional styles that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. For example, a basic graphic tee, pencil skirt and flats, easily transitioned from a day of shopping to a casual dinner with friends.
Roll your clothes
My best friend Tiana introduced me to this technique and I am forever grateful! Tightly roll softer, wrinkle-resistant garments, like T-shirts and cotton pants, and place them along the base of the bag. Jeans should be rolled, too. Squeeze as much as you can into one bag. She got about 20 shirts into one bag for me. This makes packing more compact and lighter. The vacuumed space savers are even better if you can get them. Place these on the bottom because shoes are heavy and will weigh your luggage down.
Ditch the bulk
Pick bulkier items to wear on the plane or in the car so they don’t take up precious luggage space. This includes scarves and jackets. Especially the ones that can tie around your waist.
Adding smaller items
Look for nooks and crannies to fill with smaller items, like bras and socks. You don’t want your underwear out in the open but you also don’t want to spend ten years looking for it. These things can go anywhere and add virtualy no weight.
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about this or offer tips of your own in the comment section below!