You work hard for those precious vacation days; you’ve done your research, and found the ideal vacation spot. There’s nothing worse than lugging a heavy bag to find out you’ve over-packed with all of the wrong things. By packing light you’ll be able to save money on luggage fees at the airport and stow your bag in any overhead bin. With airlines charging more and more for checked luggage, it’s becoming increasingly hard to find a place to store your bag in-flight. By packing light and keeping only the essentials, you’ll have a much easier way to travel.
Here are our top tips for travelling light:
FIND THE PERFECT CARRY-ON BAG
If you’re using an old suitcase, it may be time to invest in some new, lightweight luggage. Luggage Manufacturers today are using new and ultra-lightweight materials to create highly functional that super nimble solutions for carry-on travellers. Most wheeled luggage will weigh 5 pounds or less, while a backpack can weight as little as 2 pounds. Our choice: skip the lines and opt for a convertible carry-on backpack. Most designs incorporate a separate laptop pocket that will allow you to breeze through airport security by allowing you pull out your electronics without disturbing the contents of your luggage.
ROLL YOUR CLOTHES
Tightly rolling clothes into compact pieces allows for much tighter packing that fits more items into your bag. It also cuts down on creases but makes some items into wrinkly messes and lets you fit substantially more into your carry-on bag. Rolling can be used on small items, especially those made of synthetic fabrics, such as nylon, that are less likely to wrinkle than natural fabrics, such as cotton.
PACK FOR VERSATILITY
When choosing your outfits to pack, make sure you choose generic items that mix with everything. You’ll have the versatility to wear your clothes in various combinations. Pick the best bathing suit for your body, and use it as another item in your interchangeable vacation wardrobe. If its business travel, make sure you have outfits that can transition easily from a work setting to dinner. You’ll have much more versatility and save a tonne of weight by re-using outfits.
USE PACKING CUBES
Packing Cubes are invaluable organizers that will sort out all of your essentials, making all of your items super accessible and easy to find. The use of these organizing pouches also increases the likelihood that your belongings will remain well kept and very tidy. They also allow you to separate your clean clothes from any soiled items, and help you to keep the inside of your luggage fresh and clean.