If the Supreme Creator of the universe had wanted us to take everything we own from our closets for a weekend flight, he would have insisted the airlines provide free seats for pack mules. The truth is our bodies are not made for dragging all that luggage through an airport. If you have ever been to one of the larger ones, such as McCarran International in Las Vegas, where you have to take trains just to navigate around the premises you know that taking the “just in case I need it” items does nothing at all for your back and shoulders. There are ways you can travel light but be fully prepared for any circumstance that may arise. Check out these tips!
The first thing to do is find carry-on luggage that is both lightweight and durable. It helps to have zipper compartments for various stowage considerations. Internal and external tie-down or buckle-down straps help to compress the contents of the bag. Bags with built-in wheels are highly convenient but keep in mind that this is additional weight. You have to make your own decision regarding the balance of all these factors.
The next step is choosing your clothing. It will work best if you choose a primary color scheme and a secondary compatible color. Your accessories should match, so that you can pull together several different looks with the few items you have in your bag. If you are not going to have time to iron, take synthetic, wrinkle-free items – these are lighter than natural fabrics anyway and they dry quickly after washing.
The same goes for shoes; take a couple pairs that can trade off with a casual look or a more glamorous event. If you need heavier, comfortable shoes, wear them while you are traveling.
Take a look at your toiletries and decide what you can live without for a couple days. If you know you can’t survive without your curling iron, purchase a small, lightweight model for traveling. Hair and skin care products are usually available in travel size containers. For security reasons liquids and gels must be in not larger than 4 oz bottles and contained in zip lock bags.
Rather than pack a toiletry bag, drop everything into the zip lock. It takes less space and can be tucked into a spot between layers of clothing. Don’t be tempted to stuff extra items in the side pockets of your luggage. Most airlines don’t allow your carry-on bag to be over 22 pounds, but call them to be sure. Think about carrying this much weight on your shoulder for a hike across the airport. You may have to exchange some items or leave a few out if you can’t carry your luggage.