Travel Tips

The Art of Packing Light

Sunday, October 16, 2011Ryan Mach

Visit a new destination. Reconnect with an old friend. Or simply get away from the city and enjoy a nice trip down South or up Noth. These are few of the things we look forward to when travelling. Travelling is indeed fun but packing isn't and can be a huge hassle. Unfortunately, packing is part of travelling. You need backpacks and suitcases for your clothes and other essential belongings.

Some people find it hard to travel light. I'm actually one of those people. I always end up having a hard time carrying my heavy luggage. When you have a bulky bag on your back, you'll find it hard to maneuver through a crowded terminal. Packing light is a technique that you'll eventually master over time. It's also an essential habit that will prevent you from experiencing stress and inconvenience on your next trip. Having a taut, light suitcase or backpack can save you a few bucks in airfare because you don't need to pay to have it checked-in.

Here are a few tips that can help you in packing efficiently:

1. When deciding on which clothes you need on your trip, it's important to consider the weather you're likely to experience. There are websites that let you determine the weather conditions for the number of days you'll be spending on your trip. You should be able to figure out how many and what kinds of clothes you need to pack based on weather predictions and the types of activities you plan to do.

For example, if you're going to the beach, you know you'll need more than one pair of swim suit. You don't really need your boots if you're going to Boracay, and you need a jacket or two if you have Baguio or Sagada for a destination.

2. Review your selections by taking into account the duration of your trip. Bring important items as much as possible and eliminate duplicate stuff. Having a few clothing options is good but unnecessary. Pick your favorite one and move on.

3. Once you have all your selections ready, you can start packing. Tightly fold all of the bulky items like jackets and jeans and place them on the very bottom. The idea is to allow the items on top of them to weight them down, thereby deflating them and providing more space.

4. Undershirts, boxers, socks or tank tops can be folded several times and can be placed between the various stacks of clothing in your suitcase. They can act as buffers between other folded items and the material of the suitcase.

5. Don't bring an extra pair of shoes if you don't really need one. Slippers are a much ideal choice for a footwear when travelling. But if you really need an extra pair, you can place them on top of one another and make sure that you alternate the heel to toe.

6. Bring a small bag for your toiletries. It's a good idea to buy travel or mini versions of your favorite toiletries. Liquid items are allowed in carry-on as long as they don't exceed the required weight.

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