7 Top Tips for Traveling Light ...

Alison

7 Top Tips for Traveling Light ...
7 Top Tips for Traveling Light ...

Traveling light can be a real challenge, yet it makes a lot of sense. If your airline charges for hold baggage, you can save quite a bit of cash by carrying only a cabin bag. Plus a lighter bag means a lighter load for you to carry or pull! If you´re checking in bags, traveling light on the outward journey also means that you have spare room to bring back holiday purchases! So follow these tips for traveling light …

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Versatility

The key to traveling light is to pack versatile garments that can be used for different outfits. You might have a dress that you love, but if it has a very distinctive pattern then you won´t be able to give it different looks. Pack items that can be used for different occasions, and easily changed with a scarf or a belt. Also choose clothes that can be worn with other items in your case.

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Makeup Mountain?

You´re on holiday, not in the middle of a photoshoot. So why would you need to take your entire makeup bag? Keep it simple and just take a few key items, such as tinted moisturiser, waterproof mascara and lipgloss. Better still, have your eyelashes tinted before you go – then you won´t even need to pack mascara!

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Layer Clothes

This is one of the sneakiest tips for traveling light, and one that quite a few people try when they travel with hand luggage. Put on as many layers as you can bear while you´re actually travelling, and you won´t need to pack as much in your bag. However, this tip is probably best avoided during hot weather, unless you want to feel like you´re in a mobile sauna!

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What if …

There is one big advantage to traveling light: you will almost certainly find that you don´t need or use half of what you thought you would. So don´t pack all sorts of things ´just in case´. Your arms and back will thank you for not forcing them to work too hard!

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Mini Me

When it comes to saving space, miniature versions of toiletries are your friend. The only full-size product you are likely to need is sun cream, if you are visiting a warm or hot country. Otherwise, many manufacturers offer travel-sized versions of shampoo, shower gel and soap; there are also some lovely kits designed to save you space in your case.

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They Have Shops There Too …

If, once you arrive, you decide that you really need a particular item, then there´s no need to fret and wish that you´d packed it after all. Unless you´re traveling to the back of beyond, you can easily pick up just about anything you need at your destination. I´m not normally an advocate of buying cheap, disposable items, but this is one occasion where it can make sense.

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Priorities

Traveling light is easier when you remember that few things are actually genuinely necessary. Medication, passport, cash, credit cards, a camera and a change of clothes are what is most needed. Anything else is just window-dressing. So first pack what you most need; after that, don´t just fill up the space because it´s there, but think hard about what you are really going to use.

Most of us pack far more than we need or use, and end up wishing that we´d left most of it at home. So even if you´re not one of those people who can pack everything you need for a two-week trip into a bag the size of a cellphone, it´s worth following these tips for traveling light; you may need to be a bit ruthless but will it really spoil your trip if you leave a certain outfit at home? Of course it won´t! Have you any wonderful tips for traveling light?

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