The Secret to Becoming a Light Packer Is 54321

If you’re like me and packing gives you anxiety, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re also like me and have been known to overpack, you’ve also come to the right place. My packing process has always started with a very detailed list and ends with several hours of actually putting things in suitcases. I’ve never been able to streamline my routine and end up second-guessing every outfit I write on my list and basically starting over. Needless to say, I’m always on the hunt for packing hacks that will actually work. While I usually plan to pack the exact amount of pieces I’ll need for a trip, I rarely pack things that can be re-worn, and my shoe and accessory count is typically more suitable for a trip that’s twice the length.

Becoming a light packer has always seemed like a pipe dream to me, but I recently came across a simple hack that holds the key to actually being a light packer—hence the title of this story. It’s as simple as 54321. (Upon further investigation, I found that it’s already viral on Pinterest.) Now, if you’re a serial over-packer, this might take some getting used to, but it will change the way you pack.

The 54321 packing method means that all you need are five tops, four bottoms, three dresses, three pairs of shoes, two swimsuits, two bags, and one of each of a few miscellaneous accessories. Obviously, the actual items will vary depending on what season it is and where you’re going, but the general number of items should remain the same. The key to succeeding at this method is choosing versatile items that can be re-worn and mixed and matched, so I advise choosing your items accordingly.

Keep scrolling for our version of the visual aid and to shop pieces to pack for each category this summer.