Tour Consultant Hannah knows what it takes to pack light—even when your tour is longer than two weeks.
Have you ever wanted to go on a multi-week tour but decided against it because packing seemed impossible? Have you ever wondered how you could ever pack enough clothes for a tour that lasts two weeks or longer? Well, I have the answers for you! I just came back from our 16-day Rural Landscapes of Ireland & Britain tour, and have a few tips to share so you can learn how to pack small for a big trip.
Invest in a good suitcase
Forget old, outdated luggage and pick up a suitcase that’s made of durable plastic and rolls on wheels, like this set on Amazon. These are much lighter and easier to cart around.
Categorize the necessities
Be realistic about how many pants, shirts, shoes and accessories you actually need. Before you pack it, ask yourself, “Do I see myself wearing this on tour?” If the answer is no, or even maybe, leave it at home. When you’re ready, take out everything you want to pack and lay it out. Then, try cutting that down by half. Voila! You have your final packing list.
Practice your rolling technique
Tightly rolling all your clothing, rather than folding, makes for more efficient use of space in your suitcase. This is how I pack my clothes no matter the length of the trip—it works like magic! If you don’t believe me, here’s an experiment to try: Pack your suitcase with all your clothes folded—then, take a picture. Next, roll up all your clothes and repack, and take another picture. Compare the two and see which gives you more room. (The answer should be easy!)
Try out the hotel laundry service
Almost all of our hotels offer same-day laundry service on tour, and it’s worth it for the convenience. Don’t be afraid to use it! Hotel laundry service will cut down on the amount of pieces you need to bring on tour, which in turn lets you bring home more souvenirs. (Just don’t forget the 50-pound weight limit on your luggage!)
Learn to layer
If you are traveling to a cooler climate like I did, wear your bulkiest items on the plane. Instead of packing heavy jackets, save space in your suitcase with thermal layers and thin sweaters. Layering will keep you warm but your suitcase light!
Pack neutral colors
Pack clothing in shades of blacks, whites and browns to ensure everything in your suitcase is easy to match. Make sure the pieces you bring can also pair or layer together, so you can mix and match to make more than one outfit.
Have you ever packed for a multi-week tour in a small suitcase? Share your tips in the comments!