I am taking a tropical vacation in the near future.
I haven’t flown on a plane in a VERY LONG time and have forgotten most of the travel basics. One of the things I know I forgot is how to pack light and have the right stuff. The reason I know this is because I never really knew how to pack that way in the first place 😊!
I am always looking for helpful travel tips and came across this NYT article the other day: How to Pack a Suitcase.
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 a harried vacation with countless detours to local drugstores and a streamlined one with everything you need at your fingertips.Shivani Vora and Michelle Higgins, New York Times
The article has 6 tips:
- The bigger the suitcase – the more you pack (DUH!)
- Do the clothing countdown – more on this below
- Lay out your clothes and then EDIT ruthlessly
- Fill every inch of space – I swear by packing cubes
- Keep liquids in easy reach
- Never unpack your toiletries
Here’s more on the ‘clothing countdown’ on packing for a week’s worth of travel:
- 5 sets of underwear
- 4 tops
- 3 bottoms
- 2 pairs of shoes (I’m also adding fit flops to make 3)
- 1 hat
I will be gone 7 days, so these are good starting points. I don’t think I will have easy access to washing facilities so I am bringing more underwear and more tops. I also tend to get pretty ‘moist’ when I am in the humid tropics and re-wearing tops is probably not a good idea. My extra tops are wicking workout tops so they are light and won’t take up much space.
I also cheat a bit because I don’t plan on including my travel clothes in the count 😊.
For 2022, I am revising the 5-4-3-2-1 packing mantra for travel by adding a +2 – COVID 19 Rapid Antigen tests and KN95 masks.
He who would travel happily must travel light.Antoine de Saint-Exupéry