It’s easiest to dump your closet into your suitcase before your holiday, but it’s time you smartened up. Packing need not always be such an ordeal. Follow these tips to pack light and wisely.
To avoid taking unnecessary clothes and too many pairs of shoes, decide on a colour scheme for your wardrobe. Choose clothes and shoes that you can easily mix-and-match to prevent repetitions. If you plan to walk around a lot, remember to carry flip-flops, low wedges or shoes. Don’t forget to throw in some fashionable attire if you’re likely to go wining and dining.
Be weather smart: if you’re heading to a tropical destination, pack cool cottons rather than sticky synthetics. If you’re off to a beach, take dresses, bathing suits and flat sandals. If you’re on a winter holiday, layer up and wear your bulky jacket during travel to save valuable suitcase space.
Carry scarves, jewellery, or hair bands that compliment your outfits. These weigh less and add an extra sparkle to your wardrobe, even if it is limited.
An extra luggage bag
If your destination is known for its shopping, be assured that you will end up splurging on something or the other. Carry an extra foldable bag for those knick-knacks, last-minute purchases and unexpected bargains.
A handy bag
If a big chunk of your holiday will be spent in sightseeing, carry a small backpack or sling bag to carry water, maps, your wallet and other essentials. It’ll be much more comfortable than your regular handbag. What to avoid Most Indian airlines have a weight limit for baggage, so it’s wise to take stock of how much you’re carrying and are likely to add on your return journey. If you’re staying at a hotel, you can safely skip cosmetics, towels and utilities like iron and hairdryer. Ditch heavy guidebooks for nifty online guides and apps that you can access on your phone or tablet.