We all know the many benefits of travelling light, from avoiding excess baggage fees to reducing the risk of pulling your arm out of socket but just how do you do it?
Planning to travel light and actually managing to reduce the weight from your previous trip are 2 entirely different things, use our tips below to help you make the difference and your next transit will be a little bit easier and carefree.
Top 5 Tips to Travel Light with Luggage
1. Use a packing list. This can help you to avoid carrying unnecessary items or quantities, try to remember what you took too much of on your last holiday and what items were completely unused. If you need further help with your packing list then try the Universal Packing List (as pictured below)
2. Use Lightweight Luggage. This sounds pretty obvious but you may be surprised at how many travellers are using heavier than necessary luggage and you may be one of them. The first thing to do is to weigh your current luggage, carry on and checked luggage. The weight of suitcases and luggage has been reduced significantly over the last decade and you may find that your large suitcase weighs over 6kg and your cabin case could weigh over 4kg which would have been quite normal 10 years ago. During this time the airlines have got stricter with weight allowances and the luggage manufacturers were forced into investing in lightweight technology which has produced several new materials and innovations.
If you are not ready to invest in a new lightweight but still want to be travelling light with your old case then have a look on the inside of the case and see if there are any removable parts you can leave behind, suit carriers, toiletry bags, coat hangers were all common accessories included in suitcases of the past.
3. Miniaturize. One of the biggest weight-reductions you can make is by not carrying full-size toiletries…shampoo, conditioner, cologne in regular bottles are all items you can decant into smaller bottles or travel sized bottles. If you have any perfume testers lying around then use those for your trip as a glass bottle can weigh as much as 300g, which is a significant amount of your weight allowance. Remember that most hotels will supply you with small bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower wash, so if you aren’t fussy over the brand of product you may be able to entirely forgo these items in your luggage.
4. The Shoe Problem. We all want to look our best on holiday and be able to accessorize our outfits with matching shoes but the fact is that shoes will usually take up the most weight of your luggage and travellers who have paid excess baggage fees are more likely to have taken a large amount of shoes. So how do you get around this problem without wearing mis-matched items? The answer is colour, for your daytime attire it isn’t hard choosing neutral colours where one pair of sandles will match all your outfits. For evening attire certain colours will co-ordinate well with others so a white dress, black dress or black/white dress will work equally as well with black or white shoes. Similarly shades of colour will match any shoes of that colour and can look distinctively different.
5. Take Throw Away Items. You may have managed to pack light for your trip out but what if you intend to purchase gifts and souvenirs whilst you are away? Your return trip luggage will then become heavier and possibly take you over your baggage allowance. A good way to solve this is by discarding some of your luggage whilst you are at your destination, most people will throw away most-used toiletries but you could also expand this by taking some well-worn clothes/shoes that are nearly ready for the charity shop and use them whilst you are exploring during the day, before you leave check with reception to see if they will donate them on your behalf to a local charity.