During a job interview, I was once asked, “If you were going on vacation to Ireland, what would you pack and when would you start packing.”My answer was normal for how I used to pack – I’d make a list of everything I need about two weeks ahead of time and double it and then I’d probably add more

Since embracing simple living, I’ve realized that the way I pack could totally be improved upon. So for the last several years, I’ve been practicing packing lightly, not only for myself, but my four kids as well (my husband already had this down).

Here’s what I’ve learned about traveling lightly, whether it’s for one or six:

 KNOW YOUR STYLE

Since finding my style a few years ago, I’ve been able to simplify to a capsule wardrobe.

LAY IT OUT IN ADVANCE

Before you go, lay everything you plan on taking on your bed or floor so you can get a visual of it all.

PLAN FOR SOUVENIRS

If you know you’re going to bring things back, plan for them. Maybe you’ll need to bring less clothing so you can fit them in your bag.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

PACK VERSATILE SHOES

…I’ve found that I can usually get away with just a pair of comfy walking shoes, sandals if it’s warm and my running shoes.

EXAMINE NORMAL DAILY HABITS

BUY OR BORROW WHEN YOU’RE THERE

All it takes is a little planning (even less than before in my case) so you’re sure to have the stuff that’s too expensive/impossible to replace and letting go of the “what if and just in case” mentality.

Source: The art of packing lightly | The Art of Simple