10 Tips on How to Travel Light

Airline fare wars, spiking fuel surcharge, check-in baggage fees, lost luggages that never made it to the baggage claim or items that broke because the porters threw your luggage. Air travel has been rough for the last couple of years. Unless your trip requires carrying certain items, traveling light will ensure that you can avoid checking in a bag and will enable you to keep track of your own belongings.

Choose the right bag

Choose the right bag
Wheels or Backpack?

Several factors will determine your choice of bag:
  1. Check the largest size that the airline will allow as hand carry.
  2. Verify the weight allowance for hand carry bags. Make sure that the bulk of the weight comes from what is inside the bag and not the bag itself. Avoid heavy and bulky handles and opt for bags with straps.
  3. Multiple pockets keep things organized. This allows convenient access to travel paraphernalia and other stuff without unpacking or rummaging inside your bag.
  4. A nylon or synthetic bag that folds into a little pouch is a great backup in case you decide to buy souvenirs.
  5. If there is a need for another bag, a small backpack will suffice as an "everyday" bag.
Determine which items are necessary


Dry-Fit Shirts, Microfiber Towels and Travel Toothbrush are highly recommended

Do you really have to bring all your stuff? All you need is what will make you function for the entire trip. Travel like a backpacker and bring less. Plan what you will wear. Pick neutral colors so your outfits are easier to coordinate. Unless you are going on a fashion show, you do not need to bring your entire wardrobe. But I do suggest bringing an extra plastic bag to segregate your soiled clothes.

Weight matters. Not just because of the baggage allowance, but because you will be carrying this weight while moving from one place to another. Chances are, some of the things you need does not have to be brought back and is available at your destination either for sale or rent.

Dry-fit clothes occupy less space, weigh less, are highly durable, and are designed for frequent washing. Invest in microfiber towels which can dry your body completely. They dry up fast unlike conventional towels.

Do your laundry

Laundry Detergent
Laundry Detergent

Backpackers travel for months with just one bag and a few set of clothes. They can do this because they wash their clothes (or bring it to the laundry). Some even have a portable clothesline. If they can do it, why can’t you. Do your laundry once every 2 days because a huge load of laundry is quite discouraging after a long and tiring day going around.

Bring enough clean underwear

Disposable Underwear
Disposable Underwear

Bring just enough underwear that will be sufficient for the duration of your trip. An alternative (and more effective in my opinion) is to use disposable underwears. They occupy around a third of the space, weigh just like paper and feels comfortable just like the genuine one. A good thing about disposables is the fact that you do not have to bring them back, which gives you additional space for souvenirs.

Bring the proper footwear

Slip-on Shoes and sandals
Slip-on Shoes and sandals

Your footwear must match your clothes too. This does not mean that you have to bring several shoes. Bring two, just in case the other pair gets torn or hurt your feet. Or you can just bring an all-weather pair of shoes. If you do not have to wear a shoe, a good pair of sandals will do the trick. It gets rid of the extra weight and big space taken by another pair.

If you really want to travel light, extra shoes is not an option. This goes for most things: bring one really good quality item that will not fail you, and save the space/weight for other items.

Use less space when packing

Rolled Clothes
Rolled Clothes

Wrap clothes around large and delicate objects rather than folding your clothes. Stuff smaller items in other stuff that occupy so much space. Clothes can also be rolled into a tight cylinder to save space and minimize wrinkle. Check this link on how to roll clothes.

Wear your heaviest clothing such as jeans, shoes, sweatshirt/jacket to save on space. Pants that convert from long to short pants are very handy.

Manage your toiletries

Toiletries
Toiletries

Buy toiletries in miniature sizes, or transfer liquid contents into smaller travel bottles. You could save the small containers you get at hotels. Put toiletries that could leak in plastic bags. Or you can just buy them at your destination to avoid the hassle and security issues.

Check the weather and climate conditions

Weather Forecast
Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast on your destination. This will help you decide what type of clothes to bring. No need to bring that thick jacket for humid places. Instead, a hat will be more useful in warm destinations. A disposable raincoat also comes in handy. You may check Accuweather for weather forecasts 3 weeks in advance.

Do not bring all of your gadgets

Gadgets
Gadgets

We are all guilty of this (including me). However, if you can, try to minimize the number of electronic gadgets. We travel to disconnect from the stress of work, so why bring the work to your trip.

Pack smart

Secure

Keep the things you instantly need on the top of your bag or compartment that give you easy access and in another smaller bag. Do not put all your valuables in one bag, because you never know what may happen while you travel.

Keep your ID, money, credit cards in a security pouch or bag that is not easily slashed. I am not advertising but Pacsafe has a variety of bags to fit your traveling needs. I am using one and I don’t worry if a thief is already cutting through my bag.

Carry photocopies of your pertinent documents, passport, visas, credit card and identification card in a separate bag just in case you lose them. Additionally, you may scan them and save into a thumb drive or save them in your e-mail/Dropbox account.

I hope these tips will help you to travel light. If your bag feels heavy while you carry it out of your house, chances are you probably have packed too much stuff. Please feel free to add your own tips and enjoy your next trip!







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9 comments:

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