When travel writer & blogger Brenda Pomponio told her friends she wanted to pack light for her two-month overseas holiday, with her husband and 2 two kids, no-one believed it was possible.
She was thrilled to prove them all wrong, and she did it with Zoomlite packing cubes. “We did pack light, especially when you consider we travelled to three completely different countries, with three varying weather conditions. However, with careful planning and some considerations, we managed to pack three medium sized suitcases for all four of us. Our two-month adventure to Italy, Scotland and Denmark included a total of six flights, ten train rides and more taxi and bus rides that I can count. It was important to travel light.”
“Just prior to our adventure, I invested in two sets of packing cubes from Zoomlite. I am so glad I did. Not only did they make the actual initial packing so much easier but, once we were on holiday, the daily unpacking and re-packing was so much easier.”
Her key tips?
Carefully choose what you are bringing
“Clothes should be packed with outfits in mind. Don’t pack an item if you have nothing to wear it with. I also suggest limiting each family member to 2 pairs of shoes. Choose comfortable shoes that match your type of holiday adventure. The next step is to separate these items into categories of when you will need them. I placed our winter garments in a separate cube that we only opened once we were in Scotland. This was a great way to pack efficiently and reduce time searching through items.”
Limit bulky items
“I chose to roll our items when packing them in cubes: not only did this prevent creasing but it made them a breeze to find. Choose natural fibre clothing as this will keep you warmer in the cooler climates, but also breathe in the warmer climates, and will help reduce packing of bulky sweaters and jackets.”
Use your cubes for micro needs
“We began to use our packing cubes for micro needs. For example, I had packed medicine in one of the smaller cubes, so we knew exactly where all our first aid needs were. It was also handy to carry toiletry items like shampoo to the bathrooms when camping. The handles are great for hooking onto the back of the door.”
Think outside the suitcase
“When we were travelling through Scotland in a motorhome, the packing cubes were perfect for storing in the cabin, and the empty suitcases were packed away in the outer storage for the whole duration of the trip. Each member of the family had their own cube for their clothes and we shared cubes for daily essential items like phone cables, spare batteries, toiletries and we even allocated one to memorabilia like maps and tickets that we wanted to keep. This is where the practicality of our Zoomlite packing cubes really came into use.”
Brenda’s experience shows us that anything is possible with enough planning and the right packing cubes!