Travelling is all about adventure, spontaneity, and creating unforgettable memories. But nothing can weigh you down and cost you extra at the airport like a heavy suitcase. Packing light is the key to a stress-free and enjoyable trip and luckily we are here to give you the top tips for travelling. Here’s how to reduce the amount you are packing and make the most of your travels without breaking your bank account or your back!



1. Choose the Right Luggage


It might sound obvious but you'll fill whatever bag you choose to bring, so you can instantly reduce your load by simply choosing a smaller bag! Opt for a carry-on suitcase or a sturdy backpack (around 50/60L). Airlines often have different size restrictions for carry-on luggage, so check these before you start packing but a lightweight, durable bag with multiple compartments can make organising so much easier and reduce the size of the bag you have to take! We LOVE a backpack for travelling. It means you don't have to drag anything along the sand, worry about being able to throw it on a boat or have to protect the wheels from braking (which they ALWAYS seem to do!)



2. Plan Your Outfits


Think in terms of outfits rather than individual items. Choose versatile pieces that you can mix and match. Stick to a basic color palette so everything coordinates well. Also we have said it before and we'll say it again...don't bring lots of white clothes! Honestly it's a waste of space in your bag and you will come back with a bag full of grey-ish items. It's also worth remembering that you will never be too far away from a laundrette or somewhere you can give your clothes a little wash so don't stress about being fresh!


For example:

Tops: 3-4 tops that can be dressed up or down.

Bottoms: 2-3 pairs of pants/shorts.

Layers: A light jacket or jumper/sweater for cooler evenings.

Shoes: One comfortable pair for walking and one pair for evenings out.



3. Embrace Minimalism


Be ruthless with what you pack. If you’re unsure about an item, you probably won’t need it. If you have never worn an outift at home you probably won't be reaching for it on your travels so don't pack it! Remember to pack clothes you will be comfortable in AND something that you won't mind loosing or getting ruined! Also buying something small you forgot is always going to be an option, a 7/11 or a convienence stores will always have the essentials.




4. Roll, Don’t Fold


Rolling your clothes instead of folding them saves space and minimizes wrinkles. Use packing cubes to organize rolled clothes - even better if you can get the compression ones too! This technique also makes it easier to find items without unpacking your entire bag. Having a cube full or t-shirts, bottoms, swimwear ect makes getting dressed in the morning so so much easier.




5. Limit Toiletries


Travel-sized toiletries are your best friend. Decant your favorite products into small containers. Many accommodations provide basic toiletries, so consider skipping items like shampoo and soap. Also, think about solid toiletries like bar soap and shampoo bars to save space and avoid liquid restrictions.


6. Pack Dual-Purpose Items


Look for items that serve multiple purposes. A sarong, for example, can be used as a beach towel, a scarf, a blanket, or even an impromptu curtain. Multi-purpose shoes, like those that are suitable for both hiking and casual outings, can also save space.



7. Leave Room for Souvenirs

You’ll likely want to bring back souvenirs or new items you purchase during your trip. Leave a little extra space in your bag, or bring a lightweight, foldable tote for these extras.


Quick Packing Checklist:


Clothing: 3-4 tops, 2-3 bottoms, 1 jacket/sweater, 1-2 pairs of shoes, underwear + socks


Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, travel-sized shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, personal hygiene items


Electronics: Phone, charger, portable battery pack, camera (optional), universal power adapter


Miscellaneous: Travel documents, snacks, multi-purpose items (sarong, versatile shoes)


Extras: Small first aid kit, medications, sunglasses, hat



Final Tips:


- Check the Weather: Research the climate of your destination and pack accordingly.

- Be Realistic: Pack for the trip you’re going on, not for every possible scenario.

- Stay Organized: Use packing cubes or compression bags to keep everything tidy.


By mastering the art of packing light, you’ll find your travels to be more flexible and enjoyable. Remember, the goal is to experience your destination without the burden of excess baggage. Happy travels!







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