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5 Secrets to Packing Light

Everyone desires to pack light. While some globetrotters are successful in doing so, others can’t help but bring everything. Packing small and light is highly essential for any traveler dedicated to embrace the chaos of travel. Packing light is a process, not a goal that can always get better.

We understand that packing involves deep, personal decisions for many. Each one of you will have your own personalized idea of comfort when it comes to packing or travelling. But know that by following these simple rules, you can discard size and weight when you travel. It may not always be the savior of your trip, but at least your sanity and spine will be spared.

Try to compact

Your bag or suitcase should function on the principle of black holes. Black holes are a region of space where nothing inside it can escape from it. Your bag needs to be dense like that. Remember that folded clothes are always smaller than a pile of bundled clothes. Fold it, roll it and store it. Your clothes mustn’t take more than one-third of your bag, otherwise, it’s a warning that you’re taking too much.

We aren’t savages, you know…

Your bag or suitcase should function on the principle of black holes. Black holes are a region of space where nothing inside it can escape from it. Your bag needs to be dense like that. Remember that folded clothes are always smaller than a pile of bundled clothes. Fold it, roll it and store it. Your clothes mustn’t take more than one-third of your bag, otherwise, it’s a warning that you’re taking too much.

Prioritize multi-functionality

Know that the value of each item in your bag increases proportionally with each new function. Give priority to the items that can serve multiple purposes such as:

  • Sandals that double as walking shoes
  • Sarongs that double as a towel, a changing room, a flowy dress, and a blanket. And most probably the most versatile piece of clothing in your bag.
  • A Frisbee that doubles as a plate, cutting board, fan and of course, the worldly friend-making toy.

Time to de-materialize

De-materialize certain objects and replace them instead with apps on your phone or tablet. The obvious object will be the camera of course, but also remember the travel guidebooks, maps, novels or magazines. Also, not taking physical books and maps allows you the opportunity to converse with other people and thus make connections.

You don’t need this. Or that. Definitely not that.

Let this be the packing mantra that you repeat to yourself as you pack. The unfamiliarity of travelling can make you want to surround yourself with accustomed items but the ‘what if’ game will do no good for your travelling or packing. On the slim chance, you find yourself needing the item you left behind, there’s a high probability that you can buy or borrow it.

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