Do you insist on taking ten pairs of shoes on a 3-day trip? Does every hair, face and body product in your bathroom make the suitcase cut? Are the zips on your luggage sets close to bursting while you struggle to close them?
If any of this rings a bell, it’s time to step away from the suitcase! While you may think that taking everything but the kitchen sink is completely necessary, we’re here to help you change your overpacking ways. Follow our 6 top tips on how to travel lightly and packing will soon become an absolute breeze!
Top Tips On How To Travel Lightly
It’s always the same; we begin packing with the greatest of intentions, vowing never to embarrass ourselves with our 10kg too heavy case at a busy check-in queue ever again! Unfortunately, the bulky hair styling tools, massive coat and freakishly big bottle of suncream always manage to sneak their way back in . . . somehow.
It’s time to finally make a change! Invest in just a few of these fantastic items and see that precious suitcase space appear before your very eyes.
1. Stick To A Packing List
This may seem a little military but stay with us. There’s a reason these handy packing lists have been designed – to help the overpackers amongst us rein it in! By limiting yourself before your clothes even touch your luggage, you’ll resist the need to pack excessively and include things that just aren’t needed. Think small and list only things that you require for the number of days you’re going for, as well as the climate and trip type. For example, if you’re going on a city break, fluffy towels and swimsuits probably won’t be necessary. Similarly, if you’re opting for a relaxing beach holiday in the blistering sun, your coats, jumpers and trousers can stay at home.
With sections to list your destination, predicted weather forecasts, as well as everything you’ll need to pack, you’ll be able to keep tabs on your packing list and be super prepared. Created by Knock Knock, this really fun pad will have you packing lighter than ever before.
This double sided A5 travel planner and checklist is the perfect solution to all of your packing woes. With a considerable amount of items listed and space to add any extras they may have missed, you’ll be able to document every last thing before you get on with your packing.
Your packing game will be strong with this packing list from Lonely Planet. Designed by the leading travel book publisher, this list is split into sections and complete with inspiring travel quotes.
2. Use A Smaller Suitcase
This is kind of obvious, as a smaller case means fewer clothes! Instead of going for the huge case you always reach for when going on holiday, why not buy a shiny new one, with a much smaller capacity. This is a great way to force yourself into being stricter with your packing and will definitely help you travel lighter. Not only will it be easy to carry and wheel around the airport, if you go for a cabin sized case, you’ll be able to dodge the chaos of luggage carousels and get on with your holiday sooner.
This great case from Merax is small enough to take in the cabin of a plane and comes in a variety of colours depending on what takes your fancy. Its hard shell and fully lined interior complete with multi-use organisational pockets will keep your belongings protected and in order.
Karabar are well-known for their stylish, lightweight luggage and this particular suitcase is no exception. Choose from a range of colours and benefit from a hard shell, multiple internal compartments and excellent manoeuvrability.
What’s not to love about a brightly coloured suitcase with pink lining? Maybe a built-in USB charger port, internal packing straps, compartments and mesh pockets! This nifty little case from Aerolite has plenty of room for all of your belongings, looks stylish and is super lightweight to boot.
3. Leave Your Books At Home
Everyone loves a good book on holiday, whether it’s to read by the pool, at lunch or on the beach. While our bookcases at home take their weight no problem, it’s a different story when we have to lug them around in hour luggage. Our solution is to invest in a Kindle, enabling you to take 100’s of books with you in a single slimline tablet. Kindles make travelling with books so much easier, not to mention lightweight.
Thinner, lighter and now waterproof – this kindle is perfect for travellers wanting to read books in-between quick dips in the sea.
Available in stylish gold and granite colours, these are a little pricier but come with so many excellent benefits. As well as being light and waterproof, they are designed to be ergonomically comfortable, so reading just got even more enjoyable!
Not only does this Fire tablet have a 10-hour battery life; with a built-in camera and the ability to watch movies, as well as download apps, it’ll keep you amused for ages.
4. Use Packing Cubes & Compression Bags
These handy travel accessories are great for getting as much as possible inside your case, by holding everything tightly together in organised compartments. Not only are these an absolute dream for anyone who loves things to be neat and tidy, but they are also fab at cramming in as much as humanly possible, without bursting your cases at the seams.
Available in 5 different colours, these handy pouches will help to create more space within your case by holding clothes, accessories and toiletries together in small segmented compartments. They are waterproof and easy to clean, making them fantastic for all kinds of journeys and destinations.
These packing cubes from Gonex come in a variety of sizes with handles. The company state that these handy cubes will make packing a breeze and cut down on the space needed for trips dramatically, so you’ll no longer overpack. Sounds like a winner to us!
Available in a fun floral, flamingo or geometric design, this great set of 6 packing cubes are a great addition for anyone wanting to travel a little lighter. Made from a quality tear-resistant material, these cubes are strong enough to protect your belongings but extremely light, meaning that no extra weight will be added to your case.
5. Use Travel Sized Accessories
It may be tempting to bring along every cream, lotion and hair styling tool, but it becomes a disaster in the packing department. Not only are you risking opening your case to a full-on shower gel explosion, but the bottles and electrics are more often than not, big and bulky, making lightweight packing extremely hard. Take a look at these items, which will help you bring along all of your beauty bits, in a slightly more compact way.
Lots of hotels have their own hair dryers for you to use, but let’s face it, they aren’t the best. Why not buy a smaller, travel sized one, so you can be sure that your hair won’t be left in a constant state of dampness! This BaByliss hairdryer still has great power but folds away nicely, making it great for those lightweight trips.
Instead of spending a fortune on loads of miniature sized products, that will probably get left behind in the villa bathroom, buy a set of these travel sized toiletry bottles and fill them with your own products. They’re super handy and reusable, so will be there the next time you’re jet-setting around the world. Complete with a useful little storage bag too; you’ll avoid any annoying spillages.
If the miniature toiletry bottles just won’t cut it, why not combine beauty with a packing compression cube? This useful changing toiletry bag will fit all of your bits and bobs in, while keeping them in a compressed space and preventing your belongings from getting covered in lotions. Available in four colours and with four different pockets, there’s room for all of the toiletries you could need.
6. Check The Weight
So, you’ve done everything you can to be the lightest traveller on the plane, but has it actually paid off? There’s only one way to find out – check the weight! Portable luggage scales are great, as you can take them along with you, wherever in the world you happen to be going. This means that you can double check your weight when you’re returning home, ensuring that any holiday purchases haven’t affected your lightweight luggage efforts.
With up to 50 kg measurement capacities and able to weigh in four different units, this vibrant, red portable scale is excellent for checking that your luggage is as light as it can be.
Avoid paying those pesky excess luggage charges with this handy luggage scale from Salter. The scale has a simple one-button reading system and easy to see digital LCD display, clearly showing the weight of your case. Salter is one of the number one brands for weighing scales, so you can be sure these will be extremely accurate.
If you’d prefer not to go down the digital route, why not opt for these weighing dial scales and ensure a completely accurate reading. Reviewers state that where digital ones have let them down, these Samsonite scales have been great.
Take The Weight Off Your Shoulders
. . . and your luggage! With these fab six tips, you’ll be travelling lightly in no time at all. It’s easy to do and will, without a doubt, make your journeys a whole lot easier. Whether you’re going for a weekend city break, big family holiday or travelling for a longer period of time, we’re sure you’ll be able to use some of these tips to your advantage.
Make excess luggage charges a thing of the past and implement some of these ideas when you’re packing for your next trip. We promise that you and your back will thank us for it!