There are many reasons to travel light – it makes for stress free holiday, you don’t need anyone’s help with your luggage, you are a more flexible holidayer and you don’t have to pay for extra baggage at the airport. Also packing and unpacking takes so much less time! So what makes for a lighter holiday? Here are some helpful tips.
1. Start with a lightweight bag
These days they make bags with tough but really lightweight materials. These can be little more expensive, but ultimately a light, flexible bag may be well worth your while. Pick a bag that is light and not bulky; preferably with a collapsible compartment that will allow you to expand it when required.
2. Make a check list
What are you really going to need? What things can you buy from your destination so that you don’t have to lug them? So make a list of things you think you will need and then subtract 50% of it!
3. Pack according to the weather
There is no point in carrying warm clothing if you’re traveling to a tropical destination with warm climate. Check the weather forecasts beforehand and pack accordingly. If it’s going to be rainy, you would be better advised to carry a compact waterproof jacket so that you aren’t stuck with a bunch of wet clothes and nothing to wear.
4. Bring low maintenance clothing
Quick dry clothing, wash and wear clothing that needs no ironing and dark or neutral colored clothing is better when you’re traveling. Dark clothing needs washing less frequently; neutral clothes and shoes go with many more things.
5. Think mix and match, think layers
Rather than whole outfits, pack separates that you can mix and match. This will give you many more outfit options. Also layering an outfit helps you create different looks and lets you dress appropriately for a warm or cool day.
6. Ease up on the accessories
Do you really need the extra handbag? Do you really need more than one pair of shoes? As for the electronics, why do you need to carry a laptop, and your eBook reader and a cell phone? Can you even charge all of your gadgets where you’re going?
7. Think miniature
Get small packages of soap, shampoo and moisturizer. Airlines don’t allow you to carry large packs in carry-on baggage anyway.
8. Remember you will shop
When you pack, remember to either carry a small folding bag or leave some space for mementos and all the other inevitable shopping.