Simplify Your Wardrobe
Everything in your suitcase needs to be worth its weight. You’re shooting to pack one week’s worth of clothing. If you’re not going to wear it once a week, then it has to stay home. There will be a few items you won’t wear constantly that you’ll want for certain weather conditions, but those should be kept to the absolute minimum.
Pick clothing that can do double duty — yoga pants that you can walk around in, chunky sweatshirts that can be neck pillows, plain shirts that can dress up or down. Go monochrome or simply patterned and eschew graphics; it’ll make it easier to look neat and put together if you’re not working around a giant Coca-Cola logo. Bring clothes you love wearing and feel good in, so you won’t mind wearing them day after day, but not clothes you can’t bear to lose; heavy rotation means heavy wear and tear, and you might have to say goodbye to a t-shirt or two.
Take Your Cues From Outdoorsy Types
Outdoorsmen also know that weather protection can save your holiday. Know your destination’s climate and prioritize space in your suitcase for the right clothing for it. A rainjacket or good warm socks can make or break a day on the road.
Put Everything in a Pile and Then Leave Half of It Behind
There will be your “nonnegotiables,” like medications, contact lenses, equipment you need to work, underwear, etc. Those can be in one pile. Add to that pile anything you’ll need for activities you have planned — swimsuits for beaches, safety gear for hikes or outdoor sports, camera equipment for tours, etc. The rest should be subjected to rigorous “do I REALLY need this?” interrogation.
It’ll be difficult to get four months’ worth of toiletries through the 100 mL rule for liquids, so you should be planning to replenish those supplies on the road — bring only what you need to get you through the first two or three weeks, instead of trying to supply the whole trip. Bring bar soap instead of shower gel; some brands, like Dr. Bronner’s, can also be used as laundry detergent.
Have a Reality Check
Plan to Lighten the Load
Lauryn Mac is not only the author of this blog for Groupit Travel, but she is also a writer, photographer and traveler extraordinaire! She is busy following her own packing advice since she is leaving tonight for a 4-month travel adventure to Oceania and Southeast Asia as a solo traveler. You can follow her adventure here and on social media where she will be blogging, vlogging, and sharing photos exclusively for Groupit Travel. #justgolauryn #roadlaurrior