9 Tips for Quick Trips: How (and Why) to Pack Light
I’ll pack a Tide pen (if I remember), but honestly, I’m okay with taking the risk of spilled merlot or getting splashed by a mud puddle. It probably won’t happen, but if it does, I’ll weigh the cost of hotel laundry service against my sink washing options.
Ease & Speed: Sprinting for the gate, stuffing your bags in the trunk of a cab or navigating subways and railways are much easier if you’re not loaded like a pack mule. For short trips (i.e. long weekends) traveling light means traveling fast. You can get where you’re going and start having fun.
Your Mileage May Vary
If you must carry medical or baby supplies, minimalista packing may not work for you. A child in diapers sucks up packing space pretty damn fast. Although traveling with small humans is a definite game changer, “buy it there” might be an option. Diapers and wipes take up tons of space. If you’re a mom and your trip is more than three days, odds are you’ll be drawn toward Target like a homing pigeon.
It’s Your Trip If you need three “just in case” outfits, eyeliner for all occasions and back-up reading material for a weekend getaway, then take it. I’m all about challenging myself to get outside my comfort level, but for many of us, our comfort level is … well, comfortable, and maybe we don’t want to rock the boat. Here’s a rundown of what I packed for a four-day, three-night get-a-way:
- Bags —backpack & cross-body purse
- Jeans, 1 pair
- T-shirts, 4
- Reversible skirt, 1
- Running clothes (shorts, shirt, sports bra, socks, shoes)
- Windbreaker & umbrella
- Flip flops
- Plastic grocery bags (the kind the store gives you when you suck and forget to take your eco-friendly bags —use for dirty/wet clothes)
I had plenty of room to spare, which I used to bring back some crap I don’t need … err … things to memorialize my trip that will be ever-so-useful. A word about snacks —I make it a point not to travel places where they don’t have food. If my kids are with me, I’ll take a few things to increase our odds of getting to where we need to be without meltdowns, but for hubs and I, I limit it to a few munchies. I like Pringles, jerky or trail mix for snack packin’. This stuff doesn’t get squished and hey … Pringles just rock.
Minimalista packing has taken some getting used to. I once was that girl who took two checked bags for a week-long trip. This works for me and allows me to have a little bit more of a “live the simple life” outlook than I do in my day-to-day. I hope you’ve found something you can use … or at least make fun of. Have a great packing tip? Let’s hear it!
Jill writes about adoption and other random stuff at http://www.rippedjeansandbifocals.com.