Every traveler should strive to learn how to pack lightly for trips. It is a skill that greatly benefits travelers. Every time you travel, try to figure out how to pack less ‘stuff’ with less weight. Less belongings to watch out for translates into less worries while you’re traveling. Less weight makes moving your luggage easier and often cheaper. It has taken me years to learn the skill of how to pack lightly. There are still times when I take more than I truly need. It’s a hard habit to break, but there are ways that you can do it. These ideas should help you learn how to pack lightly for your next travel adventure.
First Step in Learning How To Pack Lightly: Make A List
Use a packing list. You can find lots of packing lists online that will start you off on the right path. I found a one page checklist at OneBag.com that I like. Modify the packing list to include the items that you need when you travel. One important tip to remember: once you have made a packing list, stick to it! Don’t pick up extra items and pack them. That’s how travelers end up over-packing.
Second Step in Learning How To Pack Lightly: Watch The Weight
Watch the weight of the items you pack. Lightweight travel clothing, travel appliances, luggage, and many other travel items are available to help you do this. Along with packing lighter weight items, look for items with less bulk. Pack lightweight clothing that coordinates to reduce the amount of outfits needed for a trip. Mix and match as much as possible. It helps to keep your color schemes to two colors. Also, pack clothing that can be washed and dried overnight. This also reduces the need to pack extra clothing. You can find men’s and women’s lightweight travel clothing at Packing Light.net, ExOfficio.com, and The Territory Ahead. There are 100’s of stores that carry lightweight travel clothing.
Lightweight travel appliances can significantly reduce your luggage weight. Look for dual-voltage appliances that are light and compact.
When shopping for new luggage, be sure to look for lightweight brands. Having lightweight and wheeled luggage can make a huge difference for travelers. It is easier to handle; reduces baggage fees; and will reduce strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. You can find a nice selection of lightweight luggage online. LuggageOnline.com and Target.com carries a variety of brands.
Third Step in Learning How To Pack Lightly: Rules To Remember
Consider these rules from reidsguide.com on how to pack lightly:
” * If it doesn’t all fit in one carry-on sized pack and daypack, you’ve over packed.
* If you can’t lift it over your head and hold it there for 10 seconds, you’ve over packed.
* If you can’t shoulder your load and walk five times around the block without breaking a sweat, you’ve over packed.”
Fourth Step in Learning How To Pack Lightly: Mail It!
Mail home the souvenirs that you pick up for family and friends. Or, if you want to keep the souvenirs with you, mail home your dirty laundry.
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