The secret to travelling light

Do you always struggle with heavy luggage while travelling? Check out these useful tips on how to travel light.

Packing light can seem like an impossible task if you’re the kind of person who’s regularly paying excess baggage rates. Understandably, you may feel more secure if you literally pack everything when travelling. Especially, if you are someone who loves to have options regarding clothes.

However, travelling light gives you extra freedom and flexibility that you just don’t have with heavy luggage. You can move quickly through airports and train stations and it’s so much easier to take public transport with a small bag. You’ll save money by not having to check your bags on a plane and you can keep your luggage close when you’re on trains and buses.

You’re also less likely to lose things when you travel light because it’s easier to keep track of your belongings.

There are many benefits to travelling light so let’s here are some essential travel hacks that can help you travel lighter from now on:

1. Small suitcase or backpack

Instead of taking a big suitcase that often is overflowed with unnecessary stuff, go for a small suitcase, a cabin bag or a backpack.

2. Travel scale

It’s always better to be aware of your luggage’s weight before your arrival at the airport. Weighing your bag at the airport is a little too late if you’ve packed too much.

3. Packing List

Ever pulled out your big suitcase, thrown in your ‘must take’ items then realised you still have space. Pack the essentials only by using a packing list, if it’s not on the list, then it’s not going in.

4. Don’t pack shoes for every occasion

Shoes can often be the bulkiest items in our bags so never travel with more than 3 pairs. Wear your bulkiest pair on the plane and easy to carry pairs in your bag.

5. Minimise toiletries

If you’re staying in a hotel you can guarantee you’ll be provided with shampoo and shower gel so leave these at home. Also, buy your bulkier products when you’re there. Sun lotion, deodorant, mosquito repellent, shower gel, can be found even in the most remote locations.

6. Take an iPad/tablet

Cut down on tickets, books, magazines, a laptop, games, notepads, music, maps and travel guides and simply pack a tablet.

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