I love packing. Hate unpacking, but love packing. I like to make a game out of it too. How much can I fit into a very limited space. I never take more than two bags with me when I travel. Even if I am traveling for a week (rarely do I travel for anything longer than 7 days), I try not to take anything I don’t need.
For one, I dislike carrying tons of luggage up to my hotel room. Even if there are elevators. Two, I absolutely loathe having to make more than one trip. I know a lot of people feel the same way, so I decided to write down exactly how to pack light for a trip.
Really it comes down to what you NEED. If your trip is planned sufficiently ahead of time, there should be no question of what you need, especially if you’ve also accounted for what/if scenarios. This is always step one in my packing. I make a checklist of everything I MIGHT need. Then, I go back through. If the scenario is more unlikely to happen than likely, I don’t take that item if it’s only purpose would serve that scenario. Like a heavy coat in Florida. The chance I’d need it is more unlikely than likely, so we can leave it behind.
I will write up a mock list on what I would normally take to Universal Studios Orlando for a week-long trip.
Some of these items will technically fit into the other categories, but I consider them basics, because it’s not even a question whether or not you should pack them.
This includes things like:
This is where you have to start planning ahead. What will the temperature be this time of year? What is the climate? Will it be hurricane season or tropical storm season, etc? You also need to know what type of activities you’ll be engaging in and what you will need to wear for those. Take only what you will need. For example, there’s no need to take 3 dress shirts if you’re only planning one fancy dinner.
- 4 T-Shirts
- 4 Tank Tops
- 1 Sweatshirt
- 7 Pairs of Shorts
- 1 Pair of Jeans
- 1 Pair of Sneakers
- 1 Pair of Flip-Flops
- 3 Pairs of Leggings
- 2 Pajama Shirts (Which for me are just baggy t-shirts)
- 1 Bathing Suit
This is enough outfits for 6 full days in the parks, one outfit to change into upon our arrival, sleep clothes, and an outfit for the journey back. We drive, so I wear comfy clothes in the car. The flip-flops are solely for the water rides they have in the theme parks.
Here I only take what I know I will use. I try not to take handfuls of makeup I know I won’t use, or that I know the hotel provides. I don’t take shampoo or conditioner or soap. They provide all of that at the hotels. It works just as well as the stuff from the store. Sometimes, the resort’s stuff is nicer. Here’s what I usually take:
- Pads/Tampons (just in case)
- One eye shadow palette
- Setting Spray
- Contact Case and Solution/Spare Glasses
- Make-Up Wipes
These are things that may not all be necessary but I like to fit into my luggage anyway. These are all things I will use throughout a day in the park, however. So I don’t count them out as essentials.
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand Lotion
- Small Snacks (both for the car ride and to take into the park)
- Reusable Water Bottle
- Phone Charger
- Portable Phone Charger
Now that you’ve seen how I do it. Try it yourself. I take one suitcase and one bag that I keep in the seat with me. And that’s it. I can easily carry it to the car, to the hotel room, and back to the car in one trip. And if I want to buy souvenirs, I will have plenty of room in the car to tote them home. Usually, we’ve got a car full of people, and not a lot of room leftover for our luggage.
Take what you need, leave what you don’t.