4 top tips for budget travel packing

Helping your packing run smoothly…

A lot goes into planning your next trip. From finding accommodations to securing the right activities, you need to make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish. That means planning the right packing list to suit your budget. 

We all wish we could travel on a luxurious budget, but that’s not the reality for most travellers today. Luckily, there are a lot of affordable options to make travel easier than ever for everyone to afford. Keep reading for a guide to creating a budget travel packing list. 

1. Make a list of essentials

Your first step is to create a list of must-have travel items. Be honest with yourself about what you really do or don’t need. You should have a set of clothes for every day of your trip, as well as a back-up pair just in case. But realize you can most definitely wear clothes again if you need to!

Be honest about your activities. Do you really need hiking gear if you aren’t actually going hiking? Will you be going out at night or to special events? You can’t go wrong with bringing two pairs of shoes. One for everyday walking around and one for more fancy occasions. The last rule of thumb is if you don’t wear it at home, you won’t wear it when you travel.

2. Consider how you’ll pack

How will you be packing for your trip? Are you using just a carry-on for the plane or do you have a full set of luggage? If you’re packing for an extended trip, you might want to look into shipping options to keep costs and excess baggage low. How you pack is just as important as what you pack. Though you’re travelling on a budget, it’s always worth investing in high-quality packing equipment that will make it easier for you to store what you need and stay organised. Packing cubes can completely transform the way you pack your clothes, for instance. 

3. Add disposables to your packing list

When you’re calculating the cost of your trip, you should include more than the price of the flight. Also, calculate the cost of any disposable products you plan to bring with you. Bringing disposable toiletries or items will ensure you’ve got extra space for things like souvenirs on the way home. Leave your toiletries behind when you’re through with your trip (except any essentials you might need on the plane) and consider donating unneeded clothing to local charities in your destination. 

4. Practise packing before your trip

Have you ever started packing for a trip the night before only to realize you don’t have nearly as much room as you thought? This is why it’s important to practise packing in advance. Start your packing a few days before you’re scheduled to leave so you can adjust if necessary. Begin by packing your must-have essentials. Then, take stuff out you don’t really need. You’ll be surprised by how minimal your packing really needs to be when you’re focused on saving space. Do you really need that extra pair of dress shoes? Probably not! 

Budget travel packing with confidence

Preparing for a trip is stressful enough without worrying about packing the right things! When it comes to travel, less really is more. When you’re seeing the world, what really matters is your experiences, not your material objects.

Use these tips above to pack for your next trip with confidence. 

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Stephanie is the founder of Military Travel Mama; she is the wife of a military professional and mother to two children. Follow her blog for more about military life, military discounts, family trips, healthy eating, and parenthood.