Pack Light When Traveling

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Proper clothes are very important when traveling – especially on long trips and packing light. The more you can hand-wash before going to bed and have it dry by the next morning, the less you need to pack. I suggest you go with easy care fabric garments.

Underwear is one of the most important things in your bag. There are many easy-care fabric underwear brands that come in all styles and colors. I can only speak for the ExOfficio Give & Go underwear for women. I can tell you that I’ve had them for five years now and they still look and feel great. For men, Lapasa Boxer Briefs Travel Underwear. Both ExOfficio and Lapasa, are great choices. And, since they dry so fast you won’t need to purchase too many.

Another piece of important underwear, at least for women, are bras. Believe it or not, there is an anti-theft pocket bra. The best part of all is that it’s a wire-free bra! There’s no beating that! I recommend The Travel Bra which you can get in beige or black. The passport pocket can be a little uncomfortable but it’s just a matter of getting accustomed to having that extra pocket dangling from your bra. Other than the extra pocket, the rest is comfortable.


Socks are just as important as underwear. If you’re like me, whose feet tend to swell, then you will need compression socks. Those puppies can really swell up when flying 5+ hours. You can find compression socks in black, white or beige for those who prefer to match their socks with their clothes. When you reach your destination and while on the ground, I recommend Dry Overnight Travel Socks. The name speaks for itself, wash your socks before going to bed and have them ready to wear in the morning. They are also available in different styles, color, and sizes. Just don’t forget to take your travel size laundry detergent.


My husband uses a travel blazer that looks great with jeans or decent slacks. It has special pockets to protect your passport and other valuables and is also water-repellent. There are different brands, styles, and colors. Throughout these past 5 years, I realized that jeans are not my favorite when traveling. I find that I’m most comfortable with leggings. They are not bulky, so they don’t take much space in your luggage, they’re soft and easy to move in. Plus, they come in a variety of colors and fabrics making it easy to combine. And, they look great with boots, heels, sneakers, sandals or whatever you wish to wear on your feet. I found a few travel leggings, but any leggings will do. One of the things that have come in quite handy while traveling are our wind-breaker jackets. They are light-weight and fit in my travel purse since it folds snug and thin. It also comes with an attached hood for those rainy days. Let’s face it, after spending time and money organizing a trip abroad, the last thing you want is to have to stay indoors because it’s raining or walk around with an umbrella limiting your free hands.


When it comes to shoes, I’m not a sneakers wearer and with my flat feet, I need good support. I have always traveled with Sketchers walking shoes. I have a pair of gray, black and beige color Sketchers, which I combine with the clothes I’m wearing. They always look great and I can wear them with or without socks. And, they are not bulky either. But that’s just me. The important thing is that you travel with whatever footwear makes you comfortable. Just keep in mind that you will probably be walking a lot.


None of these things are necessary for traveling. But, when you want to make the best out of your travels and enjoy your trip without worries, having these items come in handy. Don’t go out running to purchase all these things. Do it a little at a time. See what’s most important to you and what will make your trip more comfortable. Every trip will teach you a lesson of what’s best for you when traveling. I didn’t get them all at once. As I traveled and discovered that having a certain item would have been great, I then researched and got it for my next trip.

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