If you’re an avid traveler, then you know just how hard it is to manage travel while carrying around heavy luggage with you. There are a lot of inconveniences that come with heavy luggage, so you should try and learn how to pack lighter.
There are many benefits to packing light. One benefit is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring what type of outfit you’re going to wear for your travel. Secondly, you won’t have to deal with all that hassle while you’re at the airport.
Another benefit is that anything you need is easy access anytime, especially when you’re on the move or even while you’re on the plane. You will also avoid losing your things if there are any delays or cancellations that affect the safety of your checked-in luggage. Lastly, it also gives you enough space for your souvenirs to bring home with you.
Given all these benefits, packing light continues to be a challenge for a lot of us, especially for long-term travel. Therefore, before you even start traveling, you should practice how to travel light. On that note, here are different ways you can pack light even if you’re going on a long-term vacation.
1. Create a checklist
Creating a checklist before you start packing everything essential will help you avoid the guesswork involved with your travel. Some people who wing their packing tend to overthink about the items that they need to bring with them when they’re traveling. What ends up happening is if they think they might need it, they pack it.
With a checklist, you don’t have to think about whether or not you need it. You already have a reference to what you need to pack. Plus, it will allow you to pack faster since you already know what you’ve packed in your luggage and what you haven’t yet.
2. Bring travel-sized items
Another way you can reduce the weight of your luggage is by bringing travel-sized items with you. If you’re bringing your own toiletries then you should repackage them and put them into bottles or travel-sized containers. It’s a big space-saver. Plus, you don’t need to have to worry about whether you’re complying with the airport rules with them.
If you’re worried about not having enough to last you for the whole trip, then you don’t need to worry that much. After all, you can always purchase one at your destination instead. You can always refill your containers.
You can even get travel-sized containers from some of the free samples that you get once in a while. Don’t throw these containers away once you’re done with them. Instead, keep them in your bathroom and then you can simply throw them in your carry-on once you start packing for your trip.
3. Don’t pack “just in case” items
The biggest reason why people overpack is that they’re thinking too much about the items they should pack just in case. These just in case items mean that you could bring them with you should the need arise, but the likelihood isn’t high enough for them to be a priority.
If they’re really a priority then you would definitely want to pack them in your luggage. If they’re just in case, then you should not include them in your packing checklist. Should you need them with you, you can always buy it once you’re at your trip destination.
The best way to avoid packing just in case items is by having a clear itinerary. If you jam-pack your travel itinerary, then you don’t have to worry about your just-in-case.
4. Pack multi-purpose items
A simple hack that will make it easier for you to travel for a long-term vacation with light luggage is by packing multi-purpose items with you. Since these items offer many purposes, you won’t have to pack another item to fulfill certain tasks for you.
There are a lot of clothing items that are multi-purpose out there that you might want to try. For example, there are scarves that can transform into different tops which will be helpful if you want to have different outfits without packing a lot of things.
There are also wallets that can also hold your passport with it and your phone so that you don’t have to get them separated. However, you have to be really careful about where you keep them since all of your valuables will be together.
5. Limit your wardrobe
A lot of people love traveling because of the many outfits that they can showcase for their travel photos. The problem with that is unless you’re doing this for a living, it’s going to take a lot of luggage space to be able to have a different outfit for every sight that you see while you are traveling.
For that reason, you should learn how to limit your wardrobe. What you should do is be smart about your outfit planning. For example, you should have easy to pair outfits by having basic fashion staples so that it’s easy to pack and switch and pair.
When it comes to your footwear, there’s hardly any need to go beyond two pairs of footwear for your travel needs. Make sure that you base your wardrobe on your itinerary so that you’re wearing comfortable clothing.
6. Wash your clothes
If you’re going to be traveling for a long time, then it’s worth it to rent out lodging that has a washer and dryer. Should you not find lodging that does that, you can always look for laundry facilities around. This will help you reduce the number of clothes that you bring with you.
Plus, if you ever end up making a mess out of your clothes, you will be safe because you can always clean them out as necessary.
7. Avoid last-minute packing
Last-minute packing makes it easier for your brain to panic and think about your just-in-case items as well as your what-ifs. Therefore, you should avoid last-minute packing as much as possible or you’re going to end up packing more than you should.
If you want to be safe, then you should pack your things about a week before your travel. Then, you have to check back on everything that you’ve packed with you.
8. Choose the right bag
One way to restrict yourself from packing a lot of things is by buying the right bag that has enough space for essentials but not enough for overpacking. Buying large suitcases is going to make you want to fill up the extra space. Therefore, going small to medium with your bag is the way to go.
Packing light for your long-term vacation might seem like an impossibility but it isn’t. As long as you follow some of these steps above, you should be going the right way and soon you won’t be burdened by your own baggage while traveling.
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