Traveling Light - Even In The Wintertime

Getting ready for a vacation is an exciting time. It's understandable why you may tend to over pack. You're excited and want to be sure you have everything you need. The problem is there are usually limitations on the amount of luggage you can take on airplanes without having to pay exorbitant fees. Not only are you limited to the number of suitcases per person, but also to each suitcase's weight. In addition, you don't want your luggage so heavy that you can't manage it on your own.

There are a number of things you can do to ensure that you're traveling light, even in the wintertime.

Plan Your Outfits

You can start off by making a list of items you want to take on your trip. Then go over the list and cross off anything that isn't necessary.

Think about layering clothing:

  • A few lightweight shirts or blouses will serve as undergarments and indoor wear.
  • Sweaters are versatile. A different shirt under a sweater makes for a new look.
  • Ladies, you can use pantyhose as a layer under your jeans or other pants.

By layering, you will probably be able to leave your bulky coat at home. When possible, bring a lightweight jacket such as a hoodie or windbreaker.

Make use of each article of clothing in as many outfits as you are able. Shoes are especially bulky. Wear one of your heavier pairs of shoes and pack only those you are sure you will need.


The only electronic that is a must is your cell phone. If you have a smartphone, this one small piece of equipment functions as a communication and entertainment device, a camera, an alarm clock, and an Internet source.

Whenever possible leave your laptop at home. Bring a tablet instead, which will better fit in a carry on or personal item. 

Handy Hints

Pack clothing that is machine washable. You will likely have access to a washer and dryer. Wrinkle-free clothing is perfect for travel. Rolling clothes instead of folding them helps prevent wrinkles and saves space in your suitcase.

Pack as few toiletry items as you can. Sometimes it's better to purchase a bottle of shampoo than to carry it back and forth in your suitcase. Think about items that you can buy or may be supplied by your hotel, and don't pack them.

Wear your jacket onto the plane or tie it around your waist. This saves precious space in your suitcase. It also provides you with a jacket should you need it on the plane, and the jacket doesn't count as a carry-on item.

Packing light does take some planning, but it can be done and it will make your life easier while traveling. When you work with a travel agency, like Rainbow Travel, ask for additional tips to cut down your luggage.