Packing light does not mean that you should sacrifice your travel style of comfort. But you should rethink about travel packing. You can think about what is necessary to bring during your travel. If your bag is heavy, you will have to face a lot of issues while traveling, and if you are using a suitcase, then you will even have more problems because you have to lift your suitcase dozens of times during the tour. You also have to pay more baggage fees too.
Before I will let you know about some tips of Light Pack Travel, Let ma introduce the benefits of it.
Benefits of Packing Light
- There are a lot of benefits of packing light for your travel. Few of them are:
- No fee of baggage checking if you can achieve the Holy Grail’ carry-on only.’
- Not any hefty luggage porting fee to your room
- Not any excess baggage fees
- No airport trolley fees
- Quick to pack at home and your destinations
- You can go somewhere to a new route to your destination (I stopped for lunch in Japan with my luggage, easier with carry-on only)
- Less hassle during the multi-destination trips
- Less risk of bodily injury due to moving the weight around
Packing Light Tips
I have learned the many advantages of bringing a carry-on for my tour for even more than two weeks. These tips for packing light will help you out.
Use Right Bag
The first thing you should care about is your travel bag. Are you using any kind of backpack or using a suitcase etc. If you don’t choose the right pocket, you can’t pack that well.
The best and smart way of packing light is by using a small bag. You will reduce the temptation of adding more things in a bad, and hence you will prioritize what to pack and what not to.
Most of the carry-bags have a capacity of around 40 liters. It is perfect for a shorter trip, but even if you are planning for a nomadic journey, I consider it pretty well. Well, I have traveled with 40 liters inadequate for about one and a half years without any significant issues.
I mostly use a 45-liter carry-on backpack for my travel. There are many benefits of using it, i.e., you can put it anywhere, even under your seat or inside your locker; it don’t cause pain in your body, etc. And there are many features in backpacks that usually don’t’ come with suitcases.
Pack Only Essential Things
One of the big mistakes the first-time is traveler makes them pack too much. And a lot of first-time travelers wish that they should have packed half as they did. So what you need to do is think about every item and then eliminate everything you don’t need. The tips are to keep the necessary things and reduce every comfortable thing.
It is effortless to pack for many week’s worth of clothing items, but you should only pack clothes worth of 1-week usage. The tips are to pick some versatile and favorite outfits with a simple color palette. It will let you match your clothing every time quickly.
Pack in Layers
When you are traveling, always pack in layers and not bulk. Only one heavy jacket will eat up very much space in your bag so that there will be no space for anything else. Packing in multiple layers takes very little space.
Imagine you are in a city where weather change quickly, there are warm mornings and chilly afternoons. So how will you pack for that day?
I often wear a t-shirt in the morning, and in the evening I also wear a light jacket.
So the tips are to bring two t-shirts and a jacket. And try to keep wearing your jacket and never pack it. And if the weather is hot, you can buy a cheap coat nearby, and you can donate it after use.
Bring Lights Pair of Shoes
One of the biggest reasons why people can’t pack light is Shoes. Here are some simple no-brainer tips for you:
Bring only two pairs of shoes.
Pack the smaller pair. And it should be light and flat.
Wear a bulkier pair of shoes.
Light Packing List
Light packing is all about learning and thinking about what you need and letting go of anything else. And always remember to bring only clothes of one week as you can wash your clothes and reuse them for many weeks. The essential packing list is:
Passport/ Photo ID
Phone and Charger
Credit/Debit Cards and some Cash
- 2 long sleeve shirts (optional for cold weather)
- 2 short sleeve shirts
- 1 jacket (optional for cold weather)
- 1 pair of shorts or pants
- 1 pair of convertible pants
- 1 pair of shoes
- 2 pairs of socks
- 2 pairs of underwear
- 1 belt
- 1 toothbrush
- 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap [used as a body wash, shampoo, and even toothpaste]
- 1 bar of deodorant