Travel buffs are usually more excited about their destinations than the comfort of the trip.
Now, before you start packing, determine how long you’d be away and the kind of trip (business or pleasure) it’d be. If business, is it a formal, semi-formal or ‘really’ business affair? If personal, would you be travelling with friends or family?
For a hassle-free and light travel experience, here are some packing tips:
1. Use one bag
Get a bag, box or trunk that can hold almost everything in place without so much of a struggle. Of course, it might look a bit bulky but keep things as organized as possible. Toiletries, foot wears, clothes, makeup/cosmetics and gadgets should each be arranged separately in different parts of the bag. The trick to doing this effectively is dropping things you know you won’t really need.
2. Write out a list
The foolproof to packing light for a trips is to actually write out a list of what you would need for each day. Go through your planned schedule and see when you will need a change of clothes, shoes or anything else. Plan your outfits for each of these days and pack for only that. Also consider adding in layers so you can wear repeat outfits more than once.
3. Take just what you need
It is very tempting to take so many clothes and shoes, especially if your a fashion addict. But as much as possible, resist the temptation. If it’s a casual trip, how about you take just a few t-shirts, pairs of shorts, and a shoe or two? You can wear the heavier jeans and jackets when journeying for your trip. This way, you’d have more space in our bag.
4. Start packing early
One of the reasons why most people don’t pack light for their trips:that they start late. Packing at, say, on eve of departure makes it even harder and not well-thought out. You either too tired or excited to pack wisely. The trick is to start packing, or at least planning what to take, a few days before you leave.
5. You can do your laundry over there
There is really no need packing so many clothes as you can do your laundry while on the trip. Most hostels and guest houses in many countries have a laundry service and you can wash your clothes no matter where you are in the world. Never pack more than necessary.
6. Take things with multiple functions
Take items that can be used for multiple purpose. For instance, a jacket that works for jeans as well as corporate trousers or sandals that can serve as walking shoes.
If you want to travel light, you are going to need to learn how to draw the line between “need” and “want.”
Did you find these travelling tips helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments section!