Part of planning for your holidays to wherever it might be is figuring out what you should pack for your trip. This is especially important if you decide to travel in a plane because most planes charge for extra baggage and you more than likely want to save money wherever you can when planning for your vacation. Here are a few tips to help you learn how to travel light no matter where you might be traveling to.

One of the first things you should do to learn how to travel light is make a list of all the absolutely necessary things you can’t live without. You need to include just the things that you use each and every day of the week. If it’s something that say you haven’t used in a week or two, where is the need to pack it? Simply buy whatever it is when you get to your destination, if you suddenly decide you need it.

You may not want to bring your camera equipment, say what? Seriously, you might consider just investing in some of the disposable ones that you can buy just about anywhere instead of having to take up extra space with your camera and also having to worry about the possibility of losing your camera or even having it stolen.

Try to limit yourself to just two pairs of shoes, one pair you wear on the plane and one pair packed in your suitcase. Also make sure to have clothing that can be mixed and matched. This way you will have less clothes to pack but you will still have variety in what you wear.

Make sure to research where you are going. Check out all of the amenities that are offered. By knowing what is offered will help you better pack for the trip. If they offer hair dryers, there’s no need for you to pack one yourself. If they have irons and ironing boards, no need to pack an iron. So make sure that you know about all the amenities before you make any packing decisions.

Another thing you might consider doing is to purchase undergarments that are inexpensive and you can afford to throw away. This will give you more room in your suitcase on the return trip for any things you may have purchased while on vacation.

Consider taking smaller varieties of your favorite soaps and shampoos by going to any drug store or dollar stores that offer up a variety of different travel size items. You can get several of each of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, hand lotions, toothpaste, etc. There will be a lot more room for you to pack other things if you use the travel size items for your trip. You can also make sure to utilize the small samples they give you in your hotel room as well.

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