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A Guide to Minimalist Vacation Packing

Picture of Esme Benjamin
Wellness Editor
Updated: 11 April 2018

With so many airlines charging for checked luggage these days, perfecting your carry-on strategy is vital. Rolling underwear and stuffing it in shoes is for amateurs—these tips will help you save precious inches and pounds without leaving any of the essentials behind.

Invest in smart luggage

The slew of new companies specializing in smart carry-on designs might make you reconsider the battered luggage you’ve been carting around for years. Lo & Sons creates light-weight weekenders and overnight bags with zip-sectioned compartments, while Away’s wheel-y even has an in-built phone charger so you never run out of juice on the go.

Compression is key

Instead of following the “roll, don’t fold” rule, stock up on compression bags. Fill one, seal it, then press to force air out the valves, smooshing your vacation wardrobe to around half its usual size.

Be selective about clothing

Be ruthless when you curate outfits for the trip. Fill your case with easy-to-wear, layerable separates like T-shirts, shorts, jeans, shirts, and skirts, that you can mix and match to create a new ensemble every day, rather than dresses you’ll probably only wear once (ladies).

Organize your toiletries

When it comes to toiletries and make-up, minitures are your friend. Decant your essentials into smaller bottles, and consider omitting shampoo, conditioner and soap if you’re staying in a hotel that’ll provide them free of charge. Better still, get on the waitlist for a GoBout—the leak-proof liquids organizer that stores four or five toiletries in one handy pod.

Go digital

As lovely as it is to have pages to physically thumb through, books are heavy, bulky additions to your luggage. Download literature on the Kindle app, magazines on the Texture app, and swap your travel guide for the Culture Trip app to free up space.