How To Choose The Right Backpack and Pack Light?

How To Choose The Right Backpack and Pack Light?

The more you travel, the more you’ll hone your skills at being able to pack light. It is mostly because at one point you’ve realised that travelling with a lesser or a lighter load makes you concentrate more on the destination and less on your belongings. If you are becoming more of a frequent backpacker than a seasonal tourist, you will understand it is all the more important. Let us go through some useful tips that will help you pack light yet still ensure you have all you need on your next journey.

1. Deciding What You Actually Need

What To Pack
Where you plan to go will determine what you need to carry. You could be packing for beach getaways or heading on a winter road trip. Your destination will determine the essentials you need to take. For example, being by the water means you will need lots of sunscreen, beachwear, and towels. To save space, you could buy sunscreen and towels at your destination and take a sarong that you can wear in many different ways.
If travelling during winter, you will need to take a good thick jacket, a pair of sturdy boots, and blankets to keep you warm. These items can be very bulky. Therefore, you could travel in your jacket and boots, leaving more room in your luggage for other things you need on your holiday.

2. Choosing the right luggage

Hand Luggage
You may be considering the best rolling duffel bags or be thinking of checking in your luggage, but you can actually travel with lightweight luggage or even just a laptop backpack. This will help you reduce what you are carrying to ensure you are not weighed down throughout your journey.
If you opt for a backpack it will not only help you travel more but also make it easy to carry your belongings everywhere you go. You will need to consider your height and weight when determining which backpack is the most suitable to ensure it is not too large or heavy for you to carry. A lot of backpacks also have straps which can be adjusted to ensure it fits correctly on your back too. Keep to just the essentials are there will be no reason it will slow you down and you are less likely to get tired lugging it around.
One of the best ways to make your airport experience less stressful is to pack less and pack light and travel with only hand luggage when possible. Remember to check the website of the airline you are flying with to ensure the dimensions of your carry on fits in with their guidelines.

3. Pack layers, not bulky items

Bulky Clothes
The best way to pack is to pack layers and not bulky items. If you add multiple thin layers in your backpack, it makes more space. This way of packing is essential for winter travel when you need to carry more. Try to add thermals that don’t weigh a lot but keep you warm. During the summer or when travelling to a hot destination, carry clothes that can be easily washed and reused. Another suggestion is to buy your summer essentials like hats, sunscreens and sunglasses at your destination. Most importantly, be ready to dispose of things so that you don’t have to carry them to your next destination, or back home, if you really don’t need them. 

4. Prioritising your belongings

Holiday Packing
If you are a digital nomad or in our case a blogger, you will have to carry a laptop, a tablet or a notebook everywhere you go. You will also need additional equipment so they may need to take priority in your luggage. It also advisable that you carry a first aid kit in case of a minor medical mishap. Of course, clothes are essential but just pack what you need not what you think you’ll need. That also includes accessories, makeup etc. 
There’s also no need to carry big bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc when you can buy them when you arrive at your final destination. If you do use a particular brand that you know you’ll not get while travelling, decant small amounts into travel containers and pack those instead. These are simple hacks that can make your journey way better as they let you carry a lighter backpack.

5. Exploring more

Explore more
The moment you think you can’t do without something just simply look around you and you’ll realise that the basics are enough. Instead of worrying about things you need think about the things you have – the ability to explore, meet new people and have a great time. Unless you are travelling to remote places across the world or going into dense jungles, you will have almost anything you need. This again gets you back to the first point where we stated that your destination will determine what you need to carry.
We believe that you can always cut down on luggage if you are keen on doing so. Take up the challenge and we bet you will not regret the decision.

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  1. Zac
    January 23, 2018 / 10:10 am

    Love this! Picking the right backpack is so important ?

    • March 31, 2018 / 3:54 pm

      It really is, we’ve had our fair share of terrible ones, we are FINALLY happy with the ones we currently have! 🙂

  2. February 5, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    If you want to travel light to Italy, you can’t go wrong with my pocket phrase book, Conversational Italian for Travelers, Just the Important Phrases. It has all the phrases you need to enjoy your trip to Italy with tips on how to make your own phrases and get to know the Italians. Available on Amazon and my website, Lots of free audio and travel tips on the website as well!

    • March 31, 2018 / 3:01 pm

      We have our copy, ready and waiting for our two trips to Italy this year! We can’t wait to use it 🙂