Would you like to escape the ordinary and take off for an international trip for a week, a month or a year? One of the challenges of extended travel is bringing enough clothing and personal items to feel comfortable and happy, without being overloaded with too much luggage, that can limit your travel choices. Traveling with a single backpack has many advantages. If you love shoes, you know you should match your shoes to your personal style as well as your activities. You probably also believe that you can never have enough shoes. However, those ideas can make packing for an extended trip difficult. Shoes often are bulky and can quickly dominate your luggage. Here are a few tips to help you pack light.
● Color Coordinate
Pack clothing that is easily mixed and matched by color. You can pack less pairs of shoes if they match multiple outfits. Bring casual “staple” clothing like blue or black jeans, khaki pants or shorts, solid color shirts, etc. Evaluate each item you pack to be sure that it looks good with multiple other items you are packing. Group items by color group, such as earthtones or cool colors. This will make choosing shoes that go with outfits easier.
● Strap heavy shoes or boots to the outside of your bag
If you are visiting a cold climate or are going to be doings some serious hiking, you will need boots. However, if you are traveling with just a backpack, these can take up a lot of room. Strap them to the outside of the bag to save space. You will be able to fit much more into your bag.
● Bring sandals
No matter what climate you are visiting, bring some stylish sandals. They are great for wearing for going out and playing tourist, for wearing on planes, trains or automobiles and even for going out to a nice dinner. They will look good with everything from shorts, to jeans to a little black dress. They also take up very little space in your luggage, so you can bring multiple pairs. A great place to buy sandals is Rue 21. They have great sales and selection.
● Bring shoes that you could live in
No matter what shoes you bring, make them comfortable enough to walk for miles. If you are traveling, chances are that you will be doing a lot of walking. Leave the fancy pumps at home and instead choose something like an athletic shoe that supports your feet and back and you could wear to have an adventure.
If you take your time to carefully plan out your clothing and shoe choices, you will save time, money and much effort on your trip. You will feel comfortable and ready for your next grand adventure.