If you’re new to the travel game, this trick is something I’ve used to make my trips less stressful. Whether abroad or within the United States you may find this to be useful. There are plenty of tricks to know, but this one is toward the top of the list.
Packing less. That’s right. Less clothing. You’re going on a two to three-week trip? Pack even lighter. If you’re staying at an Airbnb (or hostel) it will be listed if the place has a washer (but beware that in some places, you’ll have to air dry your clothing). Even if they don’t, laundromats are just as easy to find as they’re all over major cities.
I feel like there are some misconceptions out there about how much clothing you need to take when traveling. For the most part, if you’re traveling, use the “less is more” adage. If you’re traveling from the United States to Europe or Asia, most airlines will allow you a checked bag. But for smaller airlines, such as Ryanair or Easy Jet, you will need to pay to have that bag checked. And while it may not sound like a big deal if you’re flying to 2 or 3 countries, you’re looking at paying upwards of $150 for just a checked bag. Plus you will have the added stress of getting to the baggage if you have a connecting flight.
Using a backpack is a great way to make sure you don’t overpack. I have been using this backpack that has worked well for my trips: https://www.amazon.com/OutdoorMaster-Hiking-Backpack-50L-Compartment/dp/B019Z9U1T6/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1541724080&sr=8-5&keywords=travel+backpack+for+men. It may not seem like a lot of room for a two-week trip but it’ll work. I used it on my last trip to Walt Disney World. How does this work? Simply roll your clothes instead of folding them then pack in the backpack. This works perfectly.
One thing to remember is that although you may find the weather warmer and want shorts, the locals may not feel that way, so jeans are always a great option if you’re wanting to blend in more. Taking a couple pairs of jeans, a few shirts and around a weeks’ worth of undergarments will suffice. Wearing jeans a few times and shirts couple times without washing them (provided they are clean and don’t smell!) will save you plenty of money in the long run and will make your trip much more enjoyable