I have a done a great bit of traveling. I used work on the road, a life of going from hotel to hotel. Additionally, I have gone on a mission trip the plane is so small you and your luggage get weighed together. Yet true wisdom in some cases still eludes me on packing light. -Crystal J, MCCN Editor.
Thus, let’s take some direction from the Travel Dudes:
1. Determine a neutral color to work with. Whether it be black, brown, grey, or even Navy, the best way to pack light is to choose a neutral and build a travel wardrobe around that. (This includes shoes)
2. Choose complimentary items to go with them. Make sure that all of your tops work with all of your bottoms and that all of your bottoms go with your shoes. Whatever doesn’t match doesn’t make the cut!
3. Pack light layers. You should have base layers, mid weight pull overs, and something wind and water proof. You want to be able to shed or add layers as needed. (Don’t forget your fingers and toes: make sure you have enough (an appropriate) socks, and a lightweight pair of gloves!)
4. Make sure items are multifunctional. Don’t pack anything that is activity specific. If you can only wear it for one thing take it out of the bag! If you can bike in a pair of shorts, you should be able to hike in them as well.
5. Don’t pack anything you don’t want to loose. Your brand new jacket, grandmothers pearls, even a very nice wedding ring should be left at home. Replace the ring with a simple, non-sentimental, band. Don’t draw attention to yourself by wearing your nicest, fanciest, items.