3. Take quick-drying, adaptable clothing
Adaptable clothing that you can layer is the key to packing for a plane. Take a few high-quality items of clothing that serve multiple purposes rather than lots of single-use items. Not only is this better for the environment, but it’s also better for your packing list and budget. Investing in high-quality materials, such as merino wool, will mean you have go-to items when it comes to packing for a flight, rather than rushing to a discount store for clothes that may have been made with low-quality materials and under questionable and opaque factory standards.
If you’re going to be mixing outdoor activities with city-sightseeing, take hiking pants that also look quite smart for day-to-day wear. Rather than taking a very thick winter coat, take a lightweight, waterproof shell that you can use in bad weather, no matter what the temperature.
Likewise, choose clothing with quick-drying materials. You’ll be able to hang it overnight if it’s wet, and expect it to be dry by morning.
4. Limit your pairs of shoes
Choosing which shoes to take can be a challenge. Consider the activities you plan on doing over your travels and take a pair for:
- All occasions – simple and versatile for urban exploring, dinners out and whatever else your travels might throw at you
- Hiking – rugged and waterproof for the outdoors yet also stylish enough to wear out to a bar
- Casual activities – lightweight sandals that suit the beach, river activities and hot days
Remember to wear your heaviest shoes on the plane and when packing for carry-on only, strap your pair of sandals to the outside of your bag.