10 Tips for Packing Light


Get Over Your Shoe Obsession

When Imelda Marcos, the wife of luxury-loving Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, fled the country with him in 1986, she reportedly left behind 2,700 pairs of shoes [source: Morrow]. There's a lesson in this: If she can do it, so can you. Each pair of dress shoes adds 1.5 pounds (0.6 kilograms) of weight to your luggage, and that adds up if you insist on taking a different pair to match every outfit. So limit yourself to packing no more than two pairs [source: Flam]. If you need dress shoes on your trip, wear them to the airport and squeeze a second pair of lightweight running or walking shoes into your bag. New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist Matt Gross gets by even more austerely -- he wears a pair of black trail-running sneakers and he packs a pair of flip-flops [source: Gross].