I don’t know if it was the giant hang tag dangling from my neck, or the flight attendant escorting me to the plane by hand, but my first time traveling at the age of six was some what of an awkward experience now that I think back. Fast forward twenty year, (has it really been that long?) and I’m impatiently awaiting my next adventure but with a lot less awkwardness. The holiday celebration is starting early for me with a Halloween couples getaway (it should be a holiday anyway) to Cozumel, Mexico and the Grand Cayman Islands. People like me generally feel stressed when traveling even though I’ve done it for so long. However, this time I’m feeling more giddy like the night before Christmas.
What to Keep in Mind When Traveling Light
Every time I travel now, I try to conserve, pack light and worry less. In this post I’ll talk about a few tricks of the trade and how to travel light this holiday season. This time I was able to get my packing down to a weekender bag (old vintage penguin suitcase) and a large carry-on tote (from Everlane). One of the keys to traveling light is to find pieces in your closet that have the potential to create multiple looks. Think basics (motto jacket, white tee shirt, knit dress, wraps etc.) and pair them with fun accessories or statement pieces.
Here are my ethical style choices for my getaway:
Things I’ve left out that take up a lot of weight:
- Hair Dryer – Normally every hotel already has one. Leave this puppy behind and embrace a more natural you. Doesn’t your hair need a break anyway?
- Curling Iron & Straightener – Same goes for these two items. Instead opt for bobby pins to pin your hair into curls at night or go with a more natural wavy look.
- Shampoo & Conditioner – Pack small reusable containers instead of the large bottles or buying travel sizes.
- Shoes – This one is the hardest for me, because I love shoes so much. However, sticking to three shoes for an entire trip is well worth the piece of mind and endless wondering of which one goes best with what. I always bring a pair of flats, heels and boots or sneakers.
- Separates – Try to pack less bottom and top separates and bring a dress or two instead. This will lighten the load of your carry-on and make throwing on something a lot easier to think about.
In the past I’ve talked about packing light. For trips across country borders, references my previous post when I went to Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Packing light will not only give you a piece of mind, it will weigh less which generally equates to using less fuel. Imagine if everyone packed light! One of my mainstays for ethical packing is to always bring a reusable water bottle so that I limit my plastic waste. The best part about traveling light, is the fact that less equals more time to focus about the ones you love.