I travel pretty often for work and fun. I have made it my mission to get better at packing only what I need but still keeping it stylish. I hate to be on vacation and think of a bag or pair of shoes that would go perfect and I don't have them. My number 1 solution to that is pair up entire outfits, accessories and all before I leave. This way they are packed and ready to go with out any missing "favorite" parts.
Here are some other useful tips I have come up with to really keep it tight and under weight. Your vacation peace of mind will thank you for it.
Start with the right suitcase, lightweight is essential. I just spied the iFly Candy Collection its lightweight and super affordable.
Use packing cubes, these will keep you organized and make more space.
Strategically pack shoes in shoes bags, these can be heavy and take up room. I pick 2 pairs of heels that work for night, a pair of cute sneakers that I wear on the airplane and 2-4 pairs of flats/sandals for day.
Pack a toiletry roll out bag with a hook to hang it. You can fit all the must-haves in smaller versions, from moisturizer to relieve airplane dryness to a multipurpose stick for your eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Pack a foldable duffle bag, because somehow it’s always impossible to fit everything in your bag when you’re ready to come home.
Make your carry on a multi-purpose bag. Use a large tote bag that can double as a beach bag and a carry all bag through out the day.
Wear a small belt bag or cross body bag for easy access at the airport.
Wear your heaviest items on the airplane. Sneakers, a light sweater for cool nights and a denim jacket around the waist.