ARE YOU READY TO TRAVEL LIGHT? CHECK IT HERE!
Master the Art of Travelling Light!
UPDATED: 30 MAY 2021
With just a smaller rucksack on your back during the trip you are not necessarily dependent on getting to your hotel first, before starting to explore a new place. You may well do some sightseeing on the way. In this way you will easily be able to ‘save’ half of another sightseeing day – since you will not have to come back again later for this experience.
You will be able to save valuable time – allowing you to squeeze in a few additional things to see and do as well! Especially, if you are only staying at this location for a few days, travelling as light as possible with all its advantages is really worth considering when packing. With a minimum of baggage you can get the most out of your ‘limited’ time. You will see and experience a max – and make the most of your stay!
How to Pack & Travel Light – Lightweight Luggage Only!
To travel with the right amount of luggage you will need to select your suitcase or backpack with care, such that it precisely fits your needs. Carrying just sufficient luggage – and not more – will give you the ultimate freedom and as much flexibility as you can wish. This applies in any case – whether you are off for the short city break or for the longer backpacker trip.
Selecting the right piece of luggage to take with you on your trip will depend on the nature of the trip and your needs. The backpacker trip on another continent will naturally require other things than the summer beach holidays, the city break or the local mountain hiking trip. In each case you will need to make up your mind whether it is a trolley suitcase, a small backpack, an XL backpack – or some other kind of travel bag that will suit you best for that particular trip.
If only taking with you what you can carry and keep with you all the time, you will minimise the risk of losing your luggage on the way. You will not risk it being delayed because it doesn’t get on the right plane, or that it even completely disappears – maybe forever!
You don’t need to set aside time for baggage check-in in the airport – and you don’t need to waste time waiting for and retrieving your luggage at your destination.
Packing & Travelling Light – Travel With Lightweight Luggage Only!
If you feel tempted to try travelling light the next time you set out on a trip, you will firstly need to decide on which type of baggage is apt for you. What suits your needs best – suitcase or rucksack? What you choose may even be kind of a religion to you! Secondly, what is the preferred size of it – how big or small should it be? Keep in mind that you want to travel light and STICK TO IT!
The chosen size of your suitcase or backpack will now determine how much you can bring with you on your trip. Nevertheless, you can still do a bit of magic and include a few more things than you maybe first think – by exchanging some of your usual things for lightweight versions!
1. Pack light – only bring the clothing you know you absolutely will need. If you plan on washing during your trip, you really don’t need to pack a lot of clothes.
2. Ensure that you bring just enough clothes to cover the variations in climate at the destination. As an example bring just one thick jumper for cold weather and a lightweight rain poncho for rainy weather. They can then be layered, if necessary.
3. A trick can be to put on your ‘thickest’ clothes and ‘heaviest’ shoes when travelling, such that they won’t take up room and weight in your travel bag.
4. Put all liquid products you want to take in tiny containers (everything from sun screen to mosquito repellent). In that way you are allowed to keep them in your hand luggage on the flight – and they will not take up much room.
5. Exchange usual products for as many lightweight products as possible at all. An example is to buy and pack a light microfiber towel which weighs maybe only 100 g and takes up very little room (as well as dries in only 10 minutes).
Going on a cruise in the Mediterranean with only a 10-kilo trolley suitcase each was a dream! Packing our carry-ons with precisely what was needed for an 8-day cruise in the Mediterranean was way better than we could have imaged! The obvious advantages were:
- In Venice we were able to board the cruise ship right away. We didn’t have to line up together with the 2,500 other passengers to check our luggage in. At check-in the crew asked twice if that was really all we had! At this moment we realised how fortunate we could consider ourselves not having any checked luggage. Some passengers waited several hours in line before they were allowed aboard!
- Inside the cabin we only spent minutes unpacking – and had lots of room for our stuff in the closet and drawers. Our small carry-ons fitted excellently under the bed. We had no suitcases or other bags annoying us on the cabin floor during the cruise.
Packing & Travelling Light, Pack Lightweight Luggage Only!
It was very fast to get through and out of Narita Airport when we arrived, and very easy to carry our stuff through the streets of Tokyo.
- Within 45 minutes we had both cleared customs, gone through immigration, exchanged our Japan Rail Pass vouchers for JR Passes, made reservations at the Narita JR East Travel Service Center for all planned train connections while in Japan and boarded the Narita Express to Tokyo!
- In Tokyo and other cities it was trouble-free to walk in the crowded streets – not to mention going by public transport in the rush hour!
Throwing ourselves into a South America 7-country roundtrip with only a 28L laptop backpack each, gave us all the flexibility we could wish. Only carrying our ‘lightweight’ bags gave us the opportunity to ‘squeeze in’ quite a few places along the way that we would never have been able to cover if we had been burdenen by heavier luggage. It was also a matter of safety. Therefore, the main advantages were:
- We had the freedom to explore at all moments during our trip – without having to get rid of our stuff before going ‘sightseeing’ in a new city!
- Another advantage of packing light was that we could keep our backpacks close to us all the time when travelling (on buses and other public transport) – reducing the risk of theft of ‘unattended’ luggage.