How to pack light for travel

24 Nov 2021

This week we have travel on our minds. It's almost Thanksgiving, Christmas and for the Aussies and New Zealanders, summer holidays (and less border restrictions - yay!). That means lots of travel for people!

So if you've ever wondered how people travel with carry-on only, this will give you some great tips. 

Show Notes:

What are the benefits to being able to pack lightly or take less when you travel?
- Cost less - no checked baggage, no airport trolley hire, smaller hire car
- No lost luggage either- you’re in control of your stuff!
- No waiting at the baggage carousel
- Less likely anything in your bag will break
- Less to carry or lug around
- Easier to manoeuvre around high density areas/ accommodation without elevators
- Can fully unpack when you get to your destination if you want to
- Less likely to lose/ misplace items when you have less to manage
- Easy to repack
- Less washing when you get home

How do we do it?
- Choose the size of your case/ bag to match your purpose NOT to match how much stuff you have to take.
- Choose a bag that will work for you and the type of travel/ commuting/ location
- Don’t pack in a hurry
- Plan and pack to a list - write the list first of what you need and tick items off as you put them in.
- Use folding techniques to make the most of your space
- If you’re really tight on space, use compression packing cubes or vacuum storage bags to take the air out of your clothes- but BEWARE of creases at the other end
- Use a thin cloth bag (drawstring wash-bag for example) to prevent things touching each other (ie dirty shoes) or put things in zip-locked bags if you’re worried about leakage.
- Fill your shoes - inside boots and trainers is the perfect place to pack socks, underwear etc - there should be no cavities or hollow spaces in the bag- fill every inch
- Don't pack your heaviest items - wear them on the plane.
- Consider not packing toiletries and just buying in location on arrival, and thats only IF your hotel/ accommodation doesn't provide them.
- Look at the stuff you regularly carry (in purse/ wallet etc) and check if you need it during your trip.

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