Learning how to pack lighter will save you money in airports. Make transporting luggage around hotels, road trips, and the streets easier. Plus it leaves for more space to bring souvenirs back home, or to accumulate articles of local clothes while traveling.
As someone who’s been traveling for the better part of the last six years, living out of a guitar case and backpack, here are five tips to cut down your luggage.
You Don’t Need That Many Clothes
This is the golden rule when you want to pack lighter. A lot of rookie travelers and infrequent vacationers will pack half their wardrobe when going away for a week. Now I’m not saying you can’t have a change of clothes, you really don’t need to bring a day and night outfit, for every calendar day on your vacation.
Don’t skimp on the underwear, but you really don’t need more than two shirts, and one pair of pants for going out at night while away. You shouldn’t need more than four shirts unless you’ll be dealing with extreme temperatures, in which indoor and outdoor clothes are a serious consideration. If that’s the case. Invest in a good jacket that’s wind, and waterproof.
If its a hot climate, workout clothes will be your best friend. They dry fast, stay cool, and don’t look terribly tacky. plus they can be rolled into a tiny ball making packing extra’s easy.
Don’t skimp on underwear or socks, but don’t go overboard on nice shirts, or pants. If its two weeks or less, you really don’t need more than four pairs of clothes.
Deodorant Is Your Best Friend
Deodorant is a great way to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Most people think changing frequently will keep you smelling friendly. And yes fellas, sometimes you really do need to swap your shirt. However, instead of changing your shirt every day, you should consider investing in a good stick of deodorant. It’ll keep you smelling fresh for days and extend the use of clothing. Allowing you to save in space, weight, and effort hauling your luggage around. When people want to pack lighter, they often forget this necessary advice. Grab your clothe’s a best friend here.
Buy An E-Reader
I LOVE reading. Books are my favourit kind of trophie, and becoming smarter everyday is such a rewarding feeling. However books can be heavy and space consuming. This is more aimed at frequent travelers, who are opting to adopt a nomadic life and fly frequently. The e-reader gives you access to a digital libary, so you have variety, and weighs A LOT less than regular books. Plus they have built in lights so you can read in the dark.
If you vacation for two weeks a year, and that’s the only time you fly, this may not be a big deal, but if you fly more than twice on average per month, the E-reader will add an incredible level of organization to your life. My favorite way to pack lighter by far!
Minimize The Beauty Products
You’re traveling, not heading to a pageant. yes its important to take care of ourselves, but the spirit of travel is to live in the moment. A bottle of moisturizer, and sunblock is often all you need unless you have a medical condition. While its nice to want to be dolled up for the photos, and exotic people you’ll meet at the bars and clubs. The reality is you’ll be a sweaty, hung over mess running from adventure to adventure. Don’t waste time doing your make-up in the morning. Love the skin you’re in and let the fun you’re having do the glowing for you.
Bring Two Pairs of FootWear MAX
Unless you intend on working, doing a specific sport or have a medical condition. Bringing two pairs of footwear is more than enough. Even one pair will get you through the trip, but if you plan on doing off track adventures through the day, and hitting the clubs at night and want location appropriate shoes then fine.
And only because the bush, or running will ruin dress shoes.
If you don’t plan on working or doing sports, then you really don’t need two pairs of shoes, and if you have three, you’ve brought too many. Simple.