5 Things to Have on a Trip (That will Help You Pack Light!)

I travel a lot and for the most part, have mastered the art of packing light. (I even wrote about it for The Knot this past summer!) It’s hard not to throw in a ton of outfits (because you love your clothes so much and we never really know what situation will occur), the reality is that with careful planning, sticking to a color code, and wearing your heaviest items on the plane, you can pack easily for a week in a carry on bag. However, I can’t make that happen without these five items!

Downy Wrinkle Releaser

Thought I try to pack things that won’t wrinkle easily, sometimes I need a garment for a work event or wedding that will wrinkle no matter what. Downy Wrinkle Releaser is literally a miracle product. I don’t travel without it. An added bonus is that it makes your clothes smell fresh if you’re wearing them more than once!

Shout Wipe and Go

These wipes remove stains quickly. (I’ve gotten out blood, wine, and ketchup with them) and they’re tiny. I actually keep these in my purse regularly for food mishaps at the office. Again, if you intend to wear a item more than once, these are a must have!

The Laundress Wash and Stain Bar

Though I don’t typically need something like this for a long weekend, if I’m traveling out of the country or for over a week in a hotel, this is a must for washing items that might need to be cleaned. In fact in a warmer climate, this is perfect for hand washing bathing suits and other items for multiple wear and hanging outside to dry.

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

This is a personal must have for me because I watch to many TV shows that show all of the germs at airplanes and hotels. I feel a like my clothes and items are a little cleaner if I’ve wiped down surfaces with these wipes.

Packing Cubes & Baggies

I’m actually new to packing cubes, but they make a big difference! You can fit more into your suitcase by organizing like items in these. I tend to keep underwear and socks rolled neatly in ziploc baggies. You can squeeze the air out of them and they will lay flat in your suitcase.

I’d love to hear what tips you have for packing light! Comment on this post OR tweet them to me at @juliakayporter.