Saving money is all about packing right and light. First, I have several packing lists – one for clothing, one for a vacation that includes cooking and one for cruises. Then I select a color theme, so that all can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits.
First you want to know your airlines regulations – do you have to pay for checked luggage, what are the dimensions and weight limit that you are allowed? Not knowing this can cost you money. So packing within the rules always helps my wallet and it’s the way clothing can be mixed and matched to make more outfits out of less. For example, the red sweater can go over an outfit and/or be a top. The black pants can be casual with a golf shirt and can be dressed up with a blouse for an evening. Everything in my suitcase does double duty and that way I can carry less.
If I buy souvenirs / gifts, I have two different ways to do this. If we are in the US, I stop at a post office and use a flat rate mailing box and ship the items home, so that I don’t have to do a lot added carrying. We did this while in Alaska and shipped items home before we boarded the cruise ship. If I know I am going to be buying gifts, I pack a small collapsible suitcase inside my suitcase and then I have an additional suitcase to carry those new items home.
My actual clothing packing involves the color theme. I select pieces with these colors so that all can go together to make multiple outfits. Those black pants can be paired with a t-shirt by day for exploring and at night with a dressier top for dinner. A beach cover up can get from the pool in the day to an evening with the right accessories. That’s how I can pack in one suitcase even for two week trips.
All this starts with planning what you will be doing and buying before you leave for vacation.