As you know I love to travel. It does not matter if I am staying with friends or attending an event in the UK or going abroad I always enjoy the experience. There is something special, and exciting, about travel. Every journey feels like an adventure. It really is great waking up in the morning knowing you will be sleeping somewhere different that night.
However, as with many things in life, there are also drawbacks to travelling. For most of us packing is a hassle. We are worried about forgetting something important, fitting everything in and the state our clothes will be in when we unpack. So, to help you with those worries I have put together this short post about travelling light.
Why travel light?
Once you get used to doing it, minimising the amount of luggage you take with you makes a lot of sense. It means you do not have to haul a large, heavy case around with you.
If you are flying packing light will save you time and money. There is no need to waste time waiting at the luggage carousel, and you do not have to waste money putting your cases in the hold.
How to pack light
OK, so that is three good reasons for cutting down on the amount of stuff you take with you when you travel. Now, you just need to know how to pack light, without running the risk of leaving anything important behind.
Make a detailed packing list
The first step is to think about what you are planning to do while you are away and use your itinerary to help you to write out a detailed packing list. You just think about the activity you are planning to do, and ask yourself what items of clothing, personal items and electronics you need then note them down.
Now, I know that sounds like a lot of work, but trust me, it is essential. The first time you make a detailed packing list it will take you about 45 minutes. However, from that point on it should take you far less time. This is because, for each trip, all you have to do is to slightly edit your initial list.
Pack multifunctional clothes
As much as possible you need to pack items of clothing that can be worn for more than one activity. For example shorts, like the ones you can find here, can be worn for cycling, for days sightseeing, or on the beach. Another example is a dress that can be adapted and worn in several different ways.
Co-ordinate your colours
The more you co-ordinate your holiday wardrobe the less you will need to take with you.
Fitting everything in your bag
You need to buy a case, or bag, that is small enough to take as hand luggage and learn some new packing techniques. By following simple tips like packing heavier items at the bottom and rolling softer clothing, instead of folding them, you will be able to fit a week’s clothes into a single piece of hand luggage.