There’s nothing more uncomfortable when travelling than buckling under the weight of an oversized bag. Once you’ve set out on your travels, it’s not easy to shed excess weight, unless you want to start giving away your possessions. But of course, you want to make sure you’re prepared for any situation. Here are some tips on how to pack light while remaining ready for anything.
Firstly, baggage basics. If you want to travel light, the most sensible thing you can do is to pack clothes that lend themselves to layering. Thick jumpers take up too much space and add unnecessary weight to your luggage. Instead, include vest tops and long and short sleeved t-shirts, which will allow you to add or remove layers according to the temperature. You could also pack a few thin cardigans or flannel or denim shirts for when it's cooler. Thin summer dresses are also a good addition and take up very little space. How to Pack your Suitcase like a Pro
Just because you're packing light, it doesn't mean you can't look good. Thin and fitted dipped hem dresses are light and can be easily rolled up and packed tightly to save space and are great for dinner or an evening of clubbing. Combine with a cardigan on chillier nights. Avoid taking your best, most expensive evening dresses with you. There's always the possibility of luggage being lost in transit or worse, stolen. It would be heart breaking to lose the finest selection of clothes your wardrobe has to offer all in one fell swoop.
First Aid kit and wash bag
The golden rule when it comes to your first aid kit is to assign the packaging for pills, potions and plasters straight to the recycling bin. You'd be surprised at how much room boxes can take up. Most medication, like Paracetamol, comes in blister packs, so you can remove tablets from the box without damaging the medicine inside. Backpacking
Don’t be tempted to overload on shoes, no matter how hard it is to choose between them. Remember, you need practical footwear for the daytime, especially if you intend to do a lot of walking. Hiking in your finest sandals is going to do no favours to your feet or your shoes. Sneakers are both comfortable and light and should offer you enough protection for long periods of walking but consider lightweight hiking shoes if you intend to tackle any rugged terrain.
Obviously you’ll want something more visually appealing in the evenings than a pair of sturdy walking boots. However, you should still avoid your best heels, which take up a lot of space. A pair of light sandals or strappy shoes with a small heel can be packed in tightly to save space.
Jackets and waterproofs
It's always worth taking a waterproof with you, no matter how garish they are. You never know when you're going to get caught in a downpour, especially in tropical countries like Thailand. Lightweight travel waterproofs are everywhere and the real space savers come packed in their own little drawstring bag which you can store in a small pocket of your bag or case.
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