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How to Travel Light Without Sacrificing Style

Traveling can be stressful. Getting there early enough, enduring delays, and having less-than-ideal fellow travelers can all be profoundly stressful—don’t add an overweight bag on top of all of that. Besides, checked bags can be lost, carrying too much can impede ease of travel, and no one wants to lug around a big suitcase after checking out of their hotel.

We have a few key tips to help you pack light, dress well, and travel like a professional.

Never Check A Bag

How often has this happened to you? You’re standing at baggage claim for way too long waiting for a bag that never comes. Then, you realize your bag never made it onto your connection, and now you’re stuck without that shirt and tie you packed specifically for your big meeting.

There is too much room for error when it comes to checking a bag. And then a checked bag can be cumbersome to transport between the airport, a train, a subway car, and to your destination. Opt for a sleek carry-on to pack up only the essentials. Quality over quantity is the name of the game while trying to travel light.

Curate a Capsule Wardrobe

All the most stylish people depend on one simple trick: developing a capsule wardrobe. Minimalists, maximalists, and everyone in between can benefit from a curated capsule wardrobe.

Here is how to curate one:

Create a Canvas

When carefully curating your men’s designer clothing, think basic, clean, and quality. Pair classic button-downs with well-fitted trousers in colors and patterns that speak to you. Don’t be afraid to play with patterns and colors, but never choose a piece that can’t be worn with more than one other piece of clothing.

Let the Accessories Speak

Never underestimate the value of well-chosen accessories. A tie, belt, and wristwatch can transform an outfit from one style to another. Lean into accessories that reflect your personality and individual style. Think of unique pieces from your travels, sentimental things, or just something you think looks great. Style really lies in the ways in which you make an outfit your own.

Don’t Forget the Essentials

Maybe you have a specific hygiene routine. Identify which objects you absolutely need to bring with you and make everything else fit in around that.

A capsule wardrobe does not need to be boring, devoid of personality, or restrictive. When you think of the pieces as being building blocks for a variety of different outfits you can begin to see the endless possibilities in just a few key items.

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Round Out Your Routine

So, we’ve established that we’re not going to check a bag, which means we have to simplify our hygiene routines to ensure any liquids meet travel restrictions. Identify which hygiene products you cannot live without—whether they be skincare, cologne, or lotion. Prioritize those and collect the rest along your travels. Hotels often provide basic hygiene products, and if you’re not picky about your shampoo, body wash, or toothpaste it can be economical and convenient to lean on those complimentary products.

Plan Well and Early

Over-preparation can feel cumbersome, but it will allow you the most freedom while traveling. Tips should extend to each part of planning your trip.

Make a List

Make a list of everything you’re bringing with you. This can be especially helpful when you’re jumping from one location to another. Having this list allows you to understand exactly what you have with you, and cuts down on the risk of leaving something behind.

Utilize Tools For Convenience

Some well-chosen mobile phone accessories, helpful apps, and innovative packing accessories can mean the difference when trying to pack light and smart.

Choose a Comfortable Bag

Bag design is usually a matter of preference. Some travelers like a backpack, some a duffel, and some a well-designed roller bag. Opt for whichever design is the easiest for you to tote around. When choosing a bag, consider what a worst-case scenario would be while traveling. Is it having to squish onto a crowded subway car? Or being left without a seat on a long train ride? Whatever it is, ask yourself which bag would be most convenient in those circumstances.

Planning ahead is the best way to ensure that you are traveling in the smartest and most efficient manner possible. Little things, like which bag to use and mobile phone accessories for convenience, can mean a world of difference when you come up against any stresses in your travels.

Lean Into Resources

There are resources available to you when you travel. Call a hotel to check if they offer any sort of dry cleaning or laundering service. Make sure your room has a proper iron for getting any packing wrinkles out of your clothing. Investing slightly in hotel laundering services can help you save big in the long term with both your money and your effort by not having to pay for extra baggage. Investing in little conveniences can be the best way to streamline the packing process.

Travel With Style, Not With Dead Weight

Being a professional at travel, packing, and style with a capsule wardrobe can make you the envy of any burdened passengers you see along the way. And it doesn’t need to be hard. All it takes to travel light and dress well at the same time is some strategic planning, smart utilization of resources, and good shopping skills. Traveling can be a stressful experience; there is absolutely no reason to add on extra weight. These tips can make your travels, and your life, a lot easier to manage.

Tess DiNapoli

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