So you’re going away for a week, you’re packing without giving much thought to what’s actually going in to your luggage. By the time you’re done, you’ve packed 22 outfits, 9 pairs of shoes, 5 handbags, belts, jewelry, and you still have to pack your sundries. Let’s fast forward a week, you’re relaxed and happy to be home. You start unpacking and realize at least half of what you could not do without a week ago was only in the way most of the trip. And now, you have to wash it, and put it all away. We have all done it and you are not alone, over-packing tops the list of the biggest travel trip-ups.
There are a number of benefits to traveling with less baggage. Beside being less likely to lose any belongings since you are carrying less, and having greater flexibility in case of a delay or missed connection, now it can save you big money. The airlines want to charge up to $100 a bag even if you carry it on, I think it’s time to learn the art and science of traveling light.
The three fundamentals of traveling light are:
1. Mastering your packing list. Prepare a master packing list and use it each time you travel. Listing every thing you want to travel with prevents last-minute stress worrying about what you have forgotten. I review my itinerary and select my needs based on my scheduled activities, then print the list. It helps me focus my efforts so I don’t stress and I use less energy packing.
2. Finding lightweight options for the stuff you want to carry. If you use something regularly that you can’t live a day without, like your curling or flat-iron, consider buying a travel size iron. Fining travel sized items of your must have’s will seriously lighten the load. If you are traveling to a cooler climate or will be carrying bulky items consider using an air bag to gain space.
3. Using the right luggage. When selecting a bag consider the quality, easy of handling, and proper sizing. If you plan on carrying-on your luggage, you need to make sure your bag meets the airlines’ baggage requirements.
Do you have any hassle-free travel light tips to share?
As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I hope that by sharing my experiences you find strength, hope, and solutions when you make your commitment to live beyond your illness.
Gal Pal Carmen
Your Florida Gal Pal Bounce Back Getaways Specialist
“You dream it, I plan it, you deserve it.”
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