We’ve collected our favorite tricks and encourage you to try these out on your next trip! Whether you're new to the light-packing game or a seasoned pro, we'd love to hear your feedback. Share your thoughts and tips with us @loandsons

1. Cut down on unnecessary bag features

"I have two children so there are a lot of items we can't travel without. I need to cut down on the weight of my bag where I can so I use a travel bag with minimal hardware and no extra features. If I’m going on a road trip or don’t need to carry my bag long distances, I’ll choose a bag without messenger strap or suitcase handle sleeve. The classic Catalina is my go-to bag for these types of trips." -Nhung, Marketing Director and Road Trip Expert

2. Bring items that transition from day to night 

"I travel with a bag that can adjust to meet any occasion. My favorite such bag is the Pearl -- I can wear it as a crossbody during the day and convert it to a wristlet at a nice dinner or for cocktails. I'll also adjust it to a short shoulder bag to add more variety to my outfits. Anything to get the most looks and options with the least amount of items!" -Molly, Marketing Manager and Wabi-Sabi Wanna-Be 

3. Travel with multi-purpose products

"One of my favorite ways to travel light is to use cosmetics that multitask. I love color sticks that can be used on eyes, cheeks, & lips, & easy-to-apply items like tinted moisturizer (with SPF) means you don’t have to pack brushes! Also, having a minimalist makeup bag definitely cuts down on the amount of time it takes to get ready. Who wants to spend a ton of time primping when there are sights to see?" -Megan, Customer Experience Associate and Makeup Maven

4. Follow the 5-4-3-2-1 rule

"Apart from limiting any trip to what I can bring on board and never checking anything in, I use the 5-4-3-2-1 rule when packing. That means for any trip I limit myself to 5 tops, 4 bottoms, 3 accessories, 2 shoes, 1 swimsuit. If I plan to bring a dress/cover-up, it needs to substitute an item from my total count. The rule challenges you to bring only essentials and make sure your items work together to be mix-matched throughout your travels. And because rules are meant to be broken, I usually allow myself one cheat item!" -Ewa, Creative Producer and Airfare Magician 

5. Don’t bring what you can find at your destination

"As I’m packing, I plan what I can buy or find while I’m at my destination. For example, the hotels or Airbnb will have shampoo and conditioner. I also like to purchase a toothbrush and razors once I’m there." -Lindy, Human Resources and mother of Anna, the most organized 15 year old ever