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Five ways to Travel Light

12th April 2018  

1. Carry the right bag

When it comes to packing, people tend to fill whatever space they have. By choosing to travel in a carry on sized bag you’ll find yourself packing more efficiently and traveling lighter. The easiest way to avoid heavy bags, luggage fees on airlines and the hassle of dragging bags around is to choose a carry on sized backpack

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2. Pack "Must Have," Not "Just In Case"

Packing light requires sacrifices. You can’t bring clothes for every possible situation. You should only bring what you wear on the average day. Pack with the Pareto Principle, aka the 80/20 Principle, in mind. Applying the Pareto Principle to packing means that wear. Bring your core wardrobe that you wear over-and-over at home.

Those clothes will cover more than 80% of the situations you will encounter on the road.

Pack "must have", not "just in case"


3. Pack for One Week

If you’re traveling for two weeks, or a month, or a year, or permanently, break your packing list down into a more manageable chunk: one week. Packing for every possible contingency on a long trip is impossible. Instead, pack for one average week. A week is a manageable amount of time. You can easily visualize one week of clothes. A year of clothes would be your entire closet. If you’re traveling for longer than a week or two, you will need to do laundry. Pack accordingly. On short trips, hand washes your basics like socks, t-shirts, and underwear in the sink between laundry cycles.

Pack for one week


4. Pack layers, not bulk

When traveling in cold weather or across multiple climates, layers. Packing multiple thin layers takes up less space and offers more flexibility than packing bulky items like sweaters and coats.One heavy sweater will eat up so much space in your bag that you’ll never fit everything else you need. If traveling in very cold, wintry weather, wear an ultra light down jacket and/or a fleece jacket. Most importantly, don’t pack your jacket. Wear it if your whole trip will be cold. Otherwise, pick up a cheap jacket as the weather changes. Then sell or donate it when you’re done.

Pack in layers, not bulk


5. Pack the lightest pair of shoes

Shoes are the most common reason that people can’t pack light. This hurdle trips up lots of people, men included. Here are the no-brainer rules to follow:

 

  • Bring no more than two pairs of shoes, including the ones you’re wearing.
  • Wear the bulkier pair, typically sneakers or boots.
  • Pack the smaller pair. They must be flat and light. Think sandals, flats, boat shoes, or espadrilles.

Pack the lightest pair of shoes



We always travel light and hope you do too now.#WhyDoBoring