If you’re planning a vacation that involves you being on the move, you don’t want to have a large amount of luggage overburden you. Packing light is a great way to ensure you’ve got everything you need without carrying around too much with you. Even if you’re going for a long time, you can pack as lightly as you need and not go without too much.
The problem with too much luggage is that it’s awkward to have on you. Moving from hotel to hotel can be tiring, and you won’t easily be able to move around on public transport. A light load means you can keep everything close to you without risking it getting lost.
Hard-shell suitcases are a great investment for anyone who travels frequently and prefers to travel light. Not only they are typically lighter than soft-sided bags, but they are more durable and also offer greater protection for your belongings. And because they don’t have any external pockets or compartments, they provide a streamlined look that is perfect for carrying on a plane.
Make a list
Before you start packing, you should first make a list of all of the things that you cannot go without. This includes your documents, mobile device, and anything else you think you would need while you’re away. So long as you can boil your things down o the bare essentials, you can have an easier time prioritizing what gets packed and what gets left behind.
If you don’t make a list, it can be all too tempting to pick and choose from different things while you’re searching through your wardrobe. Stick to the list, and remember that you won’t need too many different pairs of clothes. Once you’ve got your essentials packed, you’re free to start adding anything else until you’re full.
A lot of the space taken up in your luggage could be due to poor layering techniques. It’s not good if you’re just trying to cram all your clothes into one bag. You need to roll them properly and fold them if you want them all to fit correctly. Getting your clothing items as small as possible before you put them into your bag is essential. You also want to layer them in a way that your fragile items aren’t going to get damaged when setting your bag down.
Picking appropriate clothing
Remember, wherever you’re going, you want clothes that are going to be suitable for your environment. Whether that’s warm coats, beach graphic tees, or good pairs of shoes – you need to be sure you’ll be comfortable while you’re away. As long as you have the essentials, you can pick up anything else while you’re there. Extra pairs of clothes can easily be bought on vacation, so take enough to carry with you until you get there.
Weigh your luggage
Don’t leave the weight of your luggage to chance at the airport. Weigh it before you set out, and repack if you need to. It’s better to make sure you’ve packed the first time properly.
Try carrying it around for a day
If you think you’ve done a good job packing, you can now try carrying it around with you for a while. Being on the move on vacation is the reason you’re trying to pack lightly, but what will that feel like? Find out now, and try carrying around your luggage for a day to see what it’s like.