1.) Be minimalist
When traveling for a longer period of time, it’s very easy to overpack. So, my advice is to pack as little as possible. I made this mistake the first time I traveled and ended up carrying around a bunch of things I never ended up using/wearing. Only bring the things that are absolutely necessary.
2.) Stick to a neutral color palette
This can help a lot when minimizing what you pack. I travel with a lot of white, black and gray, with the occasional beige. This makes creating different outfits a million times easier. I was really worried about not looking like a tourist until I came to my senses and realized that I just am.
3.) Packing cubes, I love my packing cubes.
I picked up this tip on Pinterest and various other travel bloggers websites. These bags help you organize your clothes, and create more space in your suitcase. On top of that, they make packing up every few days way easier. These are the ones I ordered on Amazon and they were AMAZING.
4.) Stop, Drop and Roll your clothes
This was also another tip I found on Pinterest. Along with packing cubes. I rolled every single article of clothing I had, into the packing cubes. This saves SO much space, and makes it easier to grab clothes without making a mess of your suitcase.
5.) Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
Shoes were the hardest thing for me to determine. However, from experience I learned that comfort is key. I brought one pair of heels and I didn’t wear them once, and they took up a ton of room in my suitcase. If you’re traveling, chances are you will always be on the go, and running around in heels is not ideal. I brought running shoes, sandals, and slip ons. I brought one pair of sandals that could be dressed up or casual!
6.) Narrow down your electronics
I brought my Macbook on my entire trip to Europe and it was hard for me. While this was a vacation, I still needed to back up a lot of my photos and videos to my computers cloud to avoid losing them. I managed to carry everything I needed in my Northface backpack and narrowed it down to the essentials: my iPhone, laptop, camera, and camera accessories. I brought only the necessary chargers and all of these things stayed in my bag when I was traveling. I liked to keep my electronics in my backpack so that they were always with me. Just a safety precaution to avoid having my things stolen.
7.) Traveling with liquids
3-ounce containers or smaller of liquids, gels, creams, pastes & aerosols
All liquids, gels, creams, pastes & aerosols carried onto a plane by passengers must be in containers that are 3-ounces or smaller in size.
1 quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag holding all 3-ounce or smaller containers
All 3-ounce containers of liquid, gel, cream or paste must fit into a single quart-size, clear plastic, zip-top bag, which limits the amount each passenger can bring.
1 bag per traveler allowed to be carried onto the airplane
Each passenger can carry only one quart-size bag on to the plane. The bag will be placed in a security bin for easier x-ray screening at security checkpoints.
8.) Last but not least, SUITCASE!
I recommend the Away Carry-On it comes with a a built-in battery, 360-degree Hinomoto double-wheel spinners, YKK zippers and TSA-approved lock, so that no one (other than the TSA) can snoop through your stuff. It is compact, stylish, and meets all airline carry on size requirements.