The Dos And Don’ts of Packing Light


If you’re going away and want to have a hassle-free trip, one of the best things you can do is pack as light as possible. You’ll have an easier time in the airport this way, and that awkward in between time where you have to wait to check in and after you have checked out (when there’s lots of waiting around before you fly).

Don’t Take Multiples With You

Taking multiple items with you shouldn’t be necessary if you pick these items carefully. Pick one jacket, for instance, one pair of fancy shoes, and so on. Try to pack a bit of a capsule wardrobe so that your color scheme can work with anything you have decided to include. One of the best ways to stay stylish and save space is wearing a bodysuit.

Do Leave Valuable Stuff At Home

It’s a bad idea to carry around valuable items with you. The last thing you want is to do is lose a valuable piece of jewellery – your insurance may cover it, but it can’t replace the sentimentality of that item. Leaving valuable things at home will give you peace of mind when your case is on the plane and in any luggage storage locations, too.

Don’t Freak Out About Forgetting Something

If you forget something – bar your passport – you can always purchase it when you land. It’s not a massive deal, and fretting over it is likely going to ruin your trip. Just live in the moment and put things into perspective. It probably won’t impact your trip that much at all.

Do Roll Up Items To Save Space

Rolling up items can help you to save space and fit a little more in your case. Some people also like to put things in their shoes! There are other packing techniques you can use to save space, too.

Don’t Forget You Can Wear Things More Than Once

When people pack they usually pack multiple outfits a day, not considering that they can actually wear certain items more than once. You only really need a handful of outfits for a week, rather than a couple of outfits for every day.

Do Make a List Of The Most Important Items

When it comes to important items, medications are probably the most important thing to consider. You may not be able to find medication once you land, and this could ruin your trip. Deodorant is actually one of those strange items that varies greatly from country to country, so it’s best just to have your own. You will be able to purchase some on arrival, but it might not be something you like.

Don’t Pack Last Minute

Packing last minute can lead to rushing and making silly mistakes. Nobody really means to pack at the last minute, but it happens. Try to plan ahead and you should have a far easier time packing things and making sure you have everything you need. You can also make a list to make sure you have everything you need, and to ensure you don’t forget anything when you leave.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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