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9 Hacks For Minimalistic Packing – And Traveling Light.

Posted on 28 February 2018 by admin (0)


While traveling you might have seen people on airports, train stations, bus stops, and thought to yourself; why some carry light bags while others are loaded with multiple carry bags and still seem to need more? You might have also wondered, are they carrying different stuff from each other? Maybe you are confused with this dilemma that is it possible to travel light. Don’t worry, I have good news for you, it is not a rocket science and it can be done. So are you ready to get rid of overstuffed suitcases and travel light? Well, all you need to do is take simple actions and you can come up with a functional packing system that allows you to experience the freedom of traveling light.

The simple rule you need to follow when trying to achieve light packing is: “Keep the things you need and get rid of the ones you think you want but can actually survive without them.” Let’s get started:

Selecting the right bag:

The selection of carrying bag should be made according to the place you are visiting. Rolling suitcases are good for cities with paved roads and where your luggage will spend most of the time in the back of the taxi or your hotel room. While backpacks are really practical for places with crowded buses and dirty streets. Dress for the occasion, but choose the bag for the destination.

Your wallet needs to lose weight:

No, there aren’t any dieting plans that your wallet needs to follow. All you have to do is clean it. Get rid of old receipts, currencies from previous travels, any business cards, any additional things such local grocery points cards, and extra credit cards that you won’t be needing on this current trip. Consider getting a neck wallet which you can use to securely carry money, bank cards, and travel documents with ease.

Tablet is better than a laptop:

You ask why? Well, because its lighter (reduced weight), small (covers less space) and yet offers the same functionality as that of a laptop. You can access your email, social networks and search for better local deals from the palm of your hands.

Ditch Books:

When I say books, I mean all the reading materials you need either for pleasure or travel guides etc.

No, I don’t mean to get rid of them, get rid of the printed versions. And download the digital copies to your tablet; EBooks and PDFs. Your tablet can carry all your books for you and yet you don’t have to carry any extra weight.

Get a better tablet bag:

Getting a custom tablet bag instead of the default one can be very beneficial. It offers extra space for carrying your documents, phone, and cards along with your tablet. Its lockable zipper allows you to walk securely through crowded metros.

Buy toiletries locally:

It’s better not to carry any toiletries and buy them locally after reaching your destination. It allows you to travel light while offering you the opportunity to experience local culture by using their products. If you are worried you might run out of toilet products then its best to carry the minimum quantities that will give you enough time to get more from the local place.

Selecting the right shoes:

As they say, “You can wear anything as long as you put a nice pair of shoes with it”, make your selection as per your destination; for example, wear your heavy shoes if your destination is a cold place and for warm places, get comfortable but stylish looking shoes.

Failing to meet destination shoe requirement can sometimes be a great pain. For example, heels are not good for cobblestone streets.

Bringing the right clothes:

The bag choice had to be made as per the destination, but the clothes must be chosen as per the occasion. If you are traveling for a work dinner one dress/dress-shirt is enough instead of bringing three and a single swimsuit is enough for a beach day.

Also, don’t forget to roll your clothes, this doesn’t reduce any weight but it sure does save you a lot of space and as a result, you can carry a small bag, instead of a big suitcase.

Embrace your natural hair.

Don’t carry hair dryers, curlers, and straighteners along with their chargers.

That’s just useless weight and hinders you from enjoying your trip. Don’t worry about the hair too much and just wash them by night during your trip and they will be dry by morning.

Voila! there you have it. Simple and easy to follow steps that will help you to travel light, not carry over-weight luggage, and have fun on your trip to the fullest.