Welcome to Day 1 of 30 Days to Packing a Better Bag! We’re excited to get into the hard packing tips, but before we can get there, we have to do a little setting of the mood. The first several days are going to be about planning in advance because planning leads to a better packer and to a better traveler overall.
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The goal of our 30 Days to Packing a Better Bag project is to help you become the packing master that you’ve always wanted to be. Do you often look at people with their teeny tiny bags, breezing in and out of the airplane or public transport without a hitch and think, “Why can’t that be me?”
Dream no longer, friends! Becoming the packer you always wanted doesn’t happen overnight; it takes practice and planning, and a little help from Her Packing List. So while we might not being able to flip the switch immediately, with our guide, we’re going to transform you in just 30 short days.
Packing Better: What Does It Mean?
Packing better means packing smaller, lighter and smarter. Smarter here is the key. What good is a carry-on only bag if you don’t have the proper clothing for cooler weather, or the proper accessories for a big hike? We’re not here to tell you that you need to travel with only a carry-on, but we are here to keep you from going overboard.
After all, traveling with too much “stuff” can lead to dramas at check-in… and very expensive ones if you aren’t prepared.
However, packing better is not just about airline restrictions or proving to others that you can manage living without the chain of things. It’s also about being in control on the road. As a woman, especially if we travel solo, we need to be self-reliant; that can’t be done very well if we can’t lift our own suitcase onto the train or up the stairs. It’s like being tied down in a situation that should make us feel free.
Along the same lines, packing smarter allows the traveling female the ability to better manage belongings on the road. That means fewer lost items when moving around, and hopefully fewer chances for sticky fingers to take advantage. Why? Because you have a smaller, lighter and better packed bag. It’s easier to keep tabs on when… you need to drop by the restroom, for example. Think about it: You can’t cart a giant suitcase into the stall with you.
Don’t worry. We’re here to help you on this journey.
Take Action: What Does Packing Better Mean to You?
Define what packing better means to you. What is the biggest benefit to yourself for packing better? Feel free to share it in the comments below.