Tips for traveling light

All my essentials packed

I am traveling to Mozambique this weekend for business.

My weekend will be jam-packed with meetings, events, meet & greets and traveling. Therefore packing light and relying on hand luggage is essential.

Why would you want to pack light? For one, the less you pack, the less you carry! And you can save on additional costs for heavy luggage, as well as eliminate the risk of baggage being stolen if you only take hand luggage.

Also, if you’re late for your flight, or if you have a connecting flight, then only having hand luggage can save you a ton of time.

Here are a couple of tips you can follow in case you also need to travel light in the future.

Step one: Only take hand luggage. Repeat after me: “I will only take hand luggage” The first time I did this, I almost cried.

Only pack the necessities. Do you really need your white sneakers AND your off-white sneakers? And do you really need that extra puffer jacket? The answer is probably no.

What clothes I’m packing:

  • 1 pair of jeans (which I will wear to the airport)
  • 2 t-shirts: 1 x black & 1 x white
  • 1 denim short
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 gray jersey
  • 1 neat black dress for business dinner
  • underwear
  • 1 x PJ pants and 2 x PJ shirt
  • 1 x hat
  • Vellies, Flipflops and neat sandals for business dinner

The goal here is to stick to neutrals and ensure everything works together, not against each other, There’s no use in packing a Purple t-shirt and yellow shorts. They don’t go together.

Toiletries:

My body wash. peaceful sleep, silver shampoo and other essentials

I bought a travel express set so my toiletries can be in my hand luggage (remember – nothing can be over 100ml)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Face Wash
  • Makeup remover
  • Foundation
  • Mascara
  • Cotton wipes
  • Peaceful sleep (the roll-on ones)

Jewelry:

  • Brown leather watch
  • Pearl earrings
  • Wedding ring

Other:

Backpack essentials: laptop, puffer jacket, earphones
  • (In a backpack:) Laptop
  • Phone charger
  • plug adapter
  • notebook & pen
  • Book to read
  • Earphones
  • Wallet
  • Documents (Itinerary, passport, tickets, driver information, etc)
  • A small leather sling bag for traveling day to day
  • Sunglasses
  • Round brush

I’m not taking my hair straightener, or dryer, I use the hotel’s dryer and a round brush to blow-dry my hair. It’s only for 2 days!

Only 2 pairs of shoes along with my closed shoes I’ll be wearing on the flight

Tips:

  • Mix & match. A capsule wardrobe is goals even at home, so with a busy trip like this one is the best opportunity to live it out. Pack your basics and ensure that everything goes together. I am packing only whites, grays, and blacks.
  • I will be sleeping in Mozambique for 2 nights. so I will re-wear my PJ pants
  • I like taking my own pillowcase, so I will pack my clothes in the pillowcase and put it in my suitcase.
  • Make sure your toiletries are sealed so they do not pop on the plain and run on your clothes. A cool tip is to put plastic-wrap under the lids or put all of it in zip-locked bags. (I prefer the zip-locks, you can easily reuse it again)
  • Wear heavy stuff. Like your jeans, jersey and closed shoes. The lighter stuff like shorts and flip-flops can be packed.

We often overpack for those ‘just-in-case’ scenarios, but it is rarely necessary. If you happen to run out of clothing you can also buy something from there, or rinse clothing you have already worn.

Share your travel tips in the comments below, and happy travels!

Packed & Ready!

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