Here are some of my tips for packing light when you travel and avoiding those long lines to check in your suitcase.
I like to pack light. Most of the time, I just bring a small suitcase that I can carry on board rather than checking it in. I bring the exact amount of outfits I’ll need, plus one spare set just in case. I’ll also plan my outfits ahead of time (check the weather forecast where I’m going ) and also pack my suitcase by outfit so I don’t have to dig for the clothes I want. I try to be utilitarian and pack clothes that I can incorporate into multiple outfits, such as a pair of jeans I can wear twice or three times and outwear that matches several outfits. It’s a lot easier to accomplish this if you use a neutral color scheme. I like wearing black, white, beige, tan, etc. For shoes, I limit it to two or three pairs max (that’s including the pair I wear on flight), and try to avoid bulky shoes.
Cosmetics + Skincare Products
I live off makeup samples when I’m on vacation. One reason is that it’s so much lighter to carry, and the other is because I would be devastated if I shattered a $50 eyeshadow palette or cracked a bottle of perfume in my suitcase. You know how much that stuff costs… Prior to my trip, I’ll sometimes stop by Sephora and ask for samples of makeup I often use, like eyeshadow primer, my favorite perfumes, etc. Other things that I can’t ask for samples of, such as eyeshadow palettes or eyeliner, I will bring the most compact ones I own. I usually bring my Naked Basics palette.
For skincare items, if possible, I will put it in smaller cosmetics containers that you can buy at places like Daiso or drugstores. If I don’t have to carry the full size product, I won’t.
And that’s about it! With these methods, I end up with a lightweight suitcase and plenty of extra room in case I do some shopping while on vacation, so there’s no struggle trying to figure out how to bring all my new purchases back home.