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No matter your destination, traveling with a lighter load has many benefits. The most obvious is relieving your arms from lugging unnecessary weight, but it also affords you extra freedom and flexibility. Packing light makes it easy to use public transportation, and it frees you up to squeeze in one more adventure (even with bags in tow) before or after checking into a hotel. Plus, flying with only carry-on luggage often saves you baggage fees. The following four expert-approved tips will help you enjoy these benefits on your next adventure.
Write a packing list in advance of your departure. Travel expert Leslie Willmott described to The Washington Post her habit of noting on a calendar her destinations, corresponding weather forecasts and planned activities. She assembles outfits for these specific conditions, covering every expected incidence with as few items as possible.
Consider only expected events and not "what ifs." Rick Steves sums it up: "Don't pack for the worst-case scenario." You can't rule out a rare rain storm or surprise invitation to a black-tie gala, but you certainly don't need to pack for them. Write down only the essentials, then after arranging those items on your bed, perform a final, vigilant purge.
Wisely selecting clothing means you bring fewer items overall. Opt for neutral-colored garments that mix and match together. Instead of packing a "fancy" outfit for a night out, dress up a plain dress or pants-shirt combination with accessories. Avid travelers often recommend a sarong or pashmina, which functions as a blanket, cover-up, sheet, towel and headscarf all in one. FITS socks are a perfect example of multipurpose clothing, able to keep your feet warm on a chilly mountain trail, cool on the hotel treadmill and comfortable while strolling city streets.
Modern fabrics make it easy to pack light. From your suitcase itself to outerwear, you'll reduce weight and bulk by selecting high-tech materials. Look for light down-filled jackets, wrinkle-free shirts and stay-dry performance fabrics for outdoor activities. Sweaters and socks made of merino wool, such as FITS socks, are ideal for wearing more than once, as the fabric wicks moisture, eliminates odors and is naturally antimicrobial. Consider a single electronic item, such as a phone or small tablet, that functions as your camera, entertainment and communication device.
A great tip offered by Lonely Planet's master packer is to start with smaller bags, such as a carry-on-size suitcase, plus a medium-sized backpack. He references the tendency to fill bags large or small to the brim. Simply using smaller bags eliminates over-packing as an option, giving your luggage visible, cheat-proof parameters.
Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.
Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.
Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)
Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you.
To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart.
The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you.
Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:
Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot.
Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit.
Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.