Got a spring break booked? Here’s how to pack lightly and efficiently for an easy and enjoyable holiday.
Our top tips for travelling light this spring
Whether you’re jetting off long-haul for some much-needed downtime or heading on a sight-seeing city break to explore somewhere new, packing light can be a lot easier said than done. You might be a smartly dressed gent with a pair of shoes for every evening dinner or you may struggle closing your suitcase due to the amount of sports and activewear you think you might need for a holiday full of leisure. However, packing light is definitely the answer when it comes to a short break over spring, from avoiding airport check-in queues to travelling around freely and easily, we show you how to be super-minimalistic on your next holiday.
When it comes to packing, wardrobe staples and key pieces to base your outfit around ensure you don’t pack any unnecessary pieces that, let’s face it, aren’t going to get worn. With this in mind, ensure that you pack items in colours to match everything to begin the foundations of each outfit. For example, a black t-shirt, that can be worn with chinos as much as it can be paired with ripped jeans or even patterned shorts, is a useful item. In the same way, a smartly tailored blazer can be dressed down with jeans and trainers or up with formal trousers and a pair of boat shoes, depending on the occasion – another staple for the suitcase. By planning your outfits in this way, you are ensuring that you’re going to wear every single item in your suitcase, even some things twice, but just in a different way.
A smart, hand luggage holdall should be enough if you adhere to the packing rituals mentioned above. Of course, if you are travelling long haul and a suitcase is definitely needed, ensure to make a light-weight easy-to-manoeuvre choice, for ease of travel through airports and your chosen destination. The best way to mini-break is to roll (not fold) clothing into a small, hand-luggage sized suitcase, bringing only the essential toiletries, a small, travel sized aftershave and toothbrush. You should also limit your shoe collection to two pairs maximum, with one pair being a comfortable, trainer style, ideal for daytime walking, and the other being a little more refined, for evening dinners. When you’re cruising past the airport check in queue or skipping through arrivals without the trauma of the baggage carousel, you’ll have us to thank.
Pack lightly (literally)
Packing good quality, lightweight clothing will mean you don’t have an unnecessarily heavy suitcase but at the same time, won’t be stuck for clothes to wear and outfits to style. If you’re heading somewhere colder than the UK for your spring break and need to pack a coat, go for a lightweight puffer style jacket that can easily be squashed into your luggage. With regards to high-necked cable knits, heavy jeans and thick socks – wear them to travel to save on your luggage allowance. Lightweight fabrics also apply to underwear. Easy to pack and super comfortable to wear, packing micro modal fabrics won’t add any significant weight to your baggage and will also move naturally with your body. Underwear made this way is the perfect choice for comfort when travelling long haul, and ease of wear when staying active on holiday.
Be tech Savvy
Packing your iPad or tablet is the quick and easy way to store tickets, boarding passes, booking confirmations and anything else that you might need to ensure your trip is plain sailing. As well as this, you can also download books and movies to keep you occupied during travel, connecting to wifi at airports to Tripadvisor your up and coming destination, finding styles to suit you with a spot of online shopping or even getting your head down and checking into the office to answer a few urgent emails. Slip your iPad and charger into the front pocket of your travel bag for super-efficient, yet lightweight, travel.