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Master the Art of Smart Packing: 3 Tips to Avoid Overpacking on Your Next Holiday

We all recognise the struggle of juggling a busy schedule while planning for a well-deserved holiday abroad. The excitement of exploring new destinations can often lead to an overpacking frenzy. Instead of working out how many evening and day outfits we need, we pick random items out of the wardrobe and go into a mode of 'might need', 'will regret if I don't have' and 'just in case'.

According to a recent study of 2000 women, we tend to pack nearly double the number of clothing items we actually need for a week-long trip! It's time to break this habit and embrace smart packing strategies that ensure you have everything essential without lugging around unnecessary baggage "just in case."

1. Plan Versatile Outfits:

The key to efficient packing lies in creating versatile outfits that can be mixed and matched effortlessly. Before you start filling your suitcase, lay out all the clothing items you think you'll need and evaluate how well they can be paired together. Opt for neutral colors and classic styles that can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. Aim for pieces that can serve multiple purposes, such as a chic sundress that can also work as a beach cover-up or a blouse that looks great with both skirts and trousers.

2. Embrace the Rule of Three:

The "Rule of Three" is a handy concept to remember while packing. Limit yourself to bringing no more than three items in each category: tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, and accessories. Yes, just three! This will force you to prioritise the essentials and avoid duplicates or excessive choices. For instance, pack three tops that can be matched with three bottoms, and you'll have nine outfit options for just six items.

3. Prioritise Comfortable Footwear:

While it's tempting to pack multiple pairs of shoes for every possible scenario, the truth is that shoes can quickly consume a significant portion of your suitcase space. To prevent overpacking in the footwear department, prioritise comfort and versatility. Choose one or two pairs of shoes that can handle various activities and match most of your outfits.

For example, a pair of stylish yet comfortable walking shoes or sandals can serve you well during sightseeing tours and casual outings. If you anticipate a more formal event, opt for a versatile pair of dressy flats or low-heeled shoes that can be dressed up or down. By sticking to practical and comfortable footwear options, you'll free up space in your suitcase and save yourself from unnecessary weight when navigating through your travels.

Bonus tip: Wear your bulkiest shoes while traveling to and from your destination to maximise suitcase space and ensure you're packing efficiently.

Remember, packing light doesn't mean sacrificing style or comfort. By following these three simple tips, you can strike the perfect balance between having everything you need and avoiding an overstuffed suitcase. So, before your next adventure, take a few extra minutes to plan your outfits thoughtfully. Your future self will thank you as you breeze through airports without the burden of unnecessary baggage.

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