Packing light is probably one of the most important lessons that the last 8 years of traveling has taught me. It might be a bit of a challenge, but it takes a lot of unnecessary stress and keeps my trip almost worry-free.
So whether you’re travelling for business or leisure, it’s always important to pack light and right. Here’s a guide to help you maximize your packing space.
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Don’t just grab it and go – always allot enough time to assess the things you need to bring and have a packing checklist. This will prevent you from bringing things you can do without. If you’re in doubt, you can just leave it out. It can be your perfect excuse to shop around and discover new and exciting stuff anyway!
Tip: Pare down your list to keep the luggage at your desired weight. To save space, don’t pack all your toiletries. Bring only the bare necessities like your toothbrush and toothpaste, then buy the rest of your supplies at your destination.
You may either army roll your clothes or stuff smaller items like socks inside running shoes, but remember to try to evenly distribute the heavy items. Bulky items can be placed into the corners of your bag so they don’t take up a lot of room; while light items can be placed in the hollow spaces between the bulky ones.
Tip: You’ll also be surprised how much room you’ll save if you use compression packing bags. It removes excess air and allows you to fit large items into a smaller space.
You can minimize the bulk of your luggage by bringing less clothes, so aim to pack clothing that coordinates well with everything else and is appropriate for any kind of weather. Neutral colours are a good choice because they can be extremely versatile.
Tip: Make sure to bring a scarf too! It’s a must-have travel accessory. You can turn it into a piece of clothing that can protect you from the heat of the sun and the cold of winter. It can also be a mat, a towel, a blanket, an emergency bag or an alternative travel pillow.
There are a lot of luggage bags out there to choose from. When choosing which one to buy there are a few factors to consider that can help you trim down your choices, such as comfort, ease of carrying, efficiency of space, expandability, quality of materials and weight. Click on this link to help you find the right travel bag. Also check out our list of Top 5 Luxury Travel Accessories if you’re looking for something really outstanding for yourself or for a gift.
Tip: Instead of paying airline fees for overweight bag charges, why not send your extra luggage through shipping companies like World Baggage. Excess baggage services are cheaper, more convenient and less hassle.
What are your favourite packing light tricks? Leave us a comment below!