November and December are some of the busiest travel months because of the holidays! Packing can sometimes be a very stressful thing, especially if you can only pack a carry on bag.

Today I want to share with you the 5 tips I have learned over the years that have made packing a lot less stressful!

5 Tips to Avoid Overpacking


1. Make a packing list. This rule helps me SO much every time I travel. I always make a list of the days I will be gone, and what I will need to wear each day. When you write things down, you have a much better chance of not leaving anything important at home. If I don’t write PHONE CHARGER on my list, I usually forget it at home!! (Does this happen to anyone else?!) When you make a list of everything you need/want to bring, you can cross things off that aren’t 100% necessities.

2. Mix and match your clothes. This rule is key when trying to pack a small suitcase/trying to stay under the 50 lb. limit. I always pack basic shirts, sweaters, pants, etc. that will all go together. If I bring 3 shirts that would only look good with 3 different skirts, that would be a huge waste of space in my suitcase, and chances are I wouldn’t even wear those 3 outfits! Bring things that are versatile enough where you can mix all of your shirts with your sweaters and jeans. This also makes it much easier to get ready in the morning when you know that any outfit you put on will look good together!

3. If you haven’t worn it recently, don’t bring it. This is a rule to live by! When you are searching through your closet while packing, don’t add a shirt to your suitcase that you’ve never worn/have not worn in the past 3 months. If you haven’t worn it recently, what makes you think you will want to wear it on vacation? Don’t take up extra space in your suitcase by adding “I MIGHT where this” clothing.

4. Choose cosmetics wisely. This can sometimes be the most difficult rule for me to follow. Cosmetics can end up taking up a lot of room in your suitcase, so it’s important to only bring the things you will absolutely need. I always limit myself to bringing only one eyeshadow palette. Rather than bringing many single eyeshadows, it makes it easier to have all of my eye makeup in one place. It’s also vital that you bring all of your toiletries in travel sizes. Sephora and Nordstrom sell a lot of the daily products I use in travel sizes, so I always pick them up when I am at the mall. If you can, try not to bring a full sized bottle of anything (shampoo, conditioner, face wash, hair detangler). If you have a product that you can’t live without, buy a small travel sized container from Target and add your product to the container. Bringing small toiletries and limiting the makeup you bring will cut down on suitcase space. You will also feel much more organized when you have less products to rummage through!

5. Limit your shoes. Okay, I lied before when I said choosing my cosmetics was the hardest rule for me to follow. THIS is actually the hardest rule to follow, but it is the most important one. Shoes are heavy and they take up SO much room in your suitcase. Try to create all of the outfits you will be packing with two pairs of shoes in mind. Don’t forget, you will be wearing a pair of shoes while you travel, so you will have 3 pairs total. I always wear my heaviest shoes/boots at the airport to cut down on the weight of my suitcase. If you can limit yourself to only packing 2 pairs of shoes, your suitcase should be good to go!

If you follow these 5 tips, you should have a suitcase that is underweight and easy to zip up! If you’re anything like me then you probably do a little shopping while you’re away, so keep that in mind when you are packing! You will be coming home with more than you originally packed, so instead of packing that extra pair of shoes, leave them out so you can bring some new goodies home to your closet!

Let me know if you have any life saving packing tips that I left out. Thanks for stopping by!



4 Comments on How to Avoid Overpacking

  1. Bronwyn
    November 4, 2016 at 8:42 am (1 year ago)

    Over packing is such a struggle for me! I’m getting better, but this tips were great! ????

  2. Kimmie
    November 4, 2016 at 9:43 am (1 year ago)

    I’m glad you liked the tips Bronwyn! Hopefully they will be helpful next time you pack 🙂 Have a great weekend! xo, Kimmie

  3. Josie Waller
    November 4, 2016 at 4:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Last rule…bring your best friend to actually pack it all in???? Love all of the tips especially the one about not bringing clothes you haven’t wore recently!

  4. Kimmie
    November 5, 2016 at 8:42 am (1 year ago)

    Oh no I completely forgot to add that rule in!!! 😉 It’s 100% true though! Love you!! xo, Kimmie

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