Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Traveling light can be challenging. Most of us have the tendency to over pack “in case of emergency.” But the truth is, those things rarely happen. So why not for once try to travel light? You may not believe it but you can actually have one bag and feel good about it! You’re still coming home after all so there’s no need to bring your entire closet with you.
Here are 3 simple tips to help you travel light:
Choose a small bag.
The bigger your bag, the more tempted you’ll be to fill it up. Start by choosing a bag that will fit in the plane’s compartment. Fill it up accordingly until you can gauge that it can fit with minimal or moderate shoving. According to Lonely Planet, if your clothes take up 1/3 of your bag then you’re bringing more than what you need.
Rule of 3’s
The rule of 3’s applies to any kind of trip. Pack three pairs of underwear, three pairs of socks, three shirts, and three trousers (two pairs of pants and one culturally appropriate pair of shorts). Go for cotton-poly blend clothes because they are light and easy to dry. You can add more if you’re going away for a long time. But the idea behind this rule is you wear one, wash one, and dry one.
The value added
When you decide to bring an item that you don’t really need but still want it, think of the multiple things it can do for you. For example, backpackers would recommend bringing frisbee because aside from the fun it gives, it can serve as a shield for breakable objects in your bag, a dry place to sit, a plate, a chopping board, and even a fan! Same goes for a sarong which can serve as a blanket, towel, bag, and a changing room even! So if the object you want is only good for one thing then you better leave it.
Don’t fall into the “what if” trap. If you have the basic travel goods, you’ll be fine. Why not try packing light on your next travel with these simple tips! You’ll be surprised to see how relaxing it can be with a light bag in tow.