Hauling multiple bags and heavy luggage around with you while on vacation or business trip is not fun. So how do you pack light with sufficient things for the duration of your journey?
Here are 6 hints from the experts:
01. Tiffany Huggins: If possible, travel with carry-on only. Check and pack light for the weather a couple of days prior to your trip. Factor in what you will be wearing on the plane, then complement these attires with the heaviest clothes that you’ll be carrying such as boots, hat, and jacket —in essence, wear the bulkiest items in transit, therefore, you don’t have to put these items in your carry-on.
02. Rick Steves: Pack Light. You’ll walk with your luggage more than you think you will. Before flying, give yourself a test. Pack up completely, go into your hometown, and practice being a tourist for an hour. Fully loaded, you should enjoy window-shopping. If you can’t, stagger home and thin things out.
03. Lauren Barth: Pack Light. Becoming a more minimalist packer provides a respite from all of our consumerist habits. Plus, it’ll make getting dressed in the morning an absolute breeze.
04. Jeremy Scott Foster: Without a bag to check, you can make the quickest of exits from planes and airports, bypassing everybody else who is stuck waiting for their luggage to appear. Without a big bag to lug around, you are also able to maneuver trains, buses, taxis, and other forms of transport with extreme ease.
05. Brooke Schoenman: Take Multipurpose Items: Plenty of items on the travel market are designed to give travelers more bang for their buck by being used in more than one way. Take for instance the sarong, which can easily become a scarf, a towel, a hair wrap, a pillow case or a picnic blanket. The classic zip-off pants are not the best looking but do help when packing light. Some of these pants will convert to capris and then to shorts and are often made of a special fabric that is quick drying and packed with sun protection.
06. Deborah L. Jacobs: Layer to change your look. This approach gives you more outfits and the flexibility to adjust for weather changes–for example if your trip takes you to various climate zones, or you run into a heat wave or cold snap. For example, one long-sleeve button-down shirt, two camisoles, two tank tops and a cardigan can be combined in multiple ways.
Article by: Natalie Jansen, L’ EcoResorts