Admit it, we're all over-packers. It's just way too tempting to bring your entire closet on a trip! Personally, I love to have options. What if I want to wear a skirt? Or a dress? Or shorts and a t-shirt? I have to be able to choose. I also have a hard time not bringing every single pair of shoes I own or every piece of jewelry down to the last earring. Over-packing just makes things too complicated, but then again, it could also be said that trying to pack light makes things even more complicated.
I've done a fair bit of traveling in my 17 years of life so far, and I've always, always over-packed for every single trip I've been on. I decided I didn't want to over-pack for my college tours/New York trip (read about it here and here), so I came up with some tips on how to pack lighter! Surprisingly enough, they worked! This girl is no longer an over-packer. Hopefully these will help you too!
This is what helped me the most: pick out an outfit for each day you'll be there. And I don't just mean the clothes. I mean everything: the jewelry, the shoes, even the underwear and socks! If you don't exactly know what you'll be doing each day, make some casual outfits, some fancier ones, and so on. I always pack two or three extra outfits just in case. I find that this helps a ton because haphazardly throwing in clothes is the easiest way to over-pack! Plus, you'll never have to think hard about your outfit since they'll already be made!
I've always found that bringing giant bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash can be such a hassle! Whenever I go on a trip, I head over to Target and pick up mini bottles of my shampoo and conditioner in the travel section. I also don't pack lotion because the hotel kind always works great! Save space with mini bottles and you'll avoid over-packing and a heavier suitcase for that matter.
Before putting something in your suitcase, ask yourself this question: do I really need to bring it? Then ask yourself the question again because if you're anything like me, you'll justify bringing it with some crazy reason unless you think twice about it. This rule goes for carry-ons too! I definitely always over-pack my carry-ons. I try to pile every book and magazine under the sun into my tiny carry-on when in reality all I need is one good book and my phone.
Do you guys have any packing tips?