While we all love traveling and exploring places known and unknown, we are all too aware of
the hassle of carrying heavy bags throughout the trip.
Every tourist tries to deal with the luggage issue in one way or the other. Some carry only small
bags so that they are forced to pack small and light. Some don't carry bags at all! And a few
others even go as far as to plan trips only to tropical places so that they can take only small and
light stuff like swimwear, shirts and cargo pants.
However, letting your bag issues dictate where you should be going and for how long, is
unacceptable for travel addicts like us. So how do we pack effectively, without running the risk
of carrying a heavy bag everywhere?
A lot of travel experts share their stories and the techniques they use to travel light, prevent over-
packing and yet be able to carry all essential items that they would need during their trips. So
here are some of the tips they shared that we can all benefit from:
Choose your clothes wisely
Materials like cotton and wool are quite heavy and they take a long time to dry. If you are
traveling to places where you can expect the climate to be cold, you can always wear something
like a Polartec quarter zip instead of cotton sweaters. Synthetic clothes will also dry up faster
after a quick wash, and they are always light to carry.
Choose wearable items that are versatile
If you are carrying shoes, you might want to pack something that you can wear anywhere. Shoes
take up quite a lot of space. You can buy good boots that are not only perfect for hiking but can
also be worn to dinner somewhere. And if you still insist on carrying more than one pair of
shoes, make sure you stick them in the side pouches of your backpack instead of dumping them
inside with all your clothes.
Pack clothes for 7 days, even if your trip lasts longer:
We all try to minimize the hassle of washing and drying our clothes while we are traveling. Who
wants to waste time doing such abysmal chores while they could be touring a new city? While it
is a good idea to want to have as much fun as possible during the trip, packing for 7 days will
mean that you won't end up carrying too many clothes.
And if you pack clothes that are easy to wash, you won't have to spend a lot of time to clean
them up. You can also wear merino wool shirts which can be worn for a couple of days before
they require washing.
One of the reasons why we end up with heavy bags is because we often throw our things into
them pell-mell and try to stuff everything inside without organizing or folding. Packing cubes are
the perfect solution here, as you can make your own compartments in your bag so that you can
sort out your things by categories. Packing cubes can keep your clothes separated from toiletries,
and even protect your possessions if your shampoo or soap bottle spills. Amazon has some of the
best packing cubes you can find, and the expensive ones will be quite durable and will last for
Also, once you sort everything into packing cubes, you can easily find them when you need
them. There is no need to take everything out of your bag in a hurry looking for things.
Place your clothes vertically
One of the mistakes we make while packing is that we place clothes on top of each other. This
way, it can become a bit time-consuming to take out all the clothes lying on top only to get to the
bottom of the pile. Think of your packing bag as a filing cabinet, and place all your folded
clothes vertically so you can see them easily, and pull out the one you need.
Don’t pack things you can easily buy
If you are not very picky about the toiletry products you use, you can always buy shampoo, soap
and other necessary items in the place you are going to. Depending on the place you are visiting,
you can decide to leave some items out of your carry bag. If you are going for an adventure trip,
you won't find a lot of toiletry products, so it is better to pack them separately.
These tips are quite handy to use when the time comes to pack up your bags and go traveling.
You can always find some smart way to reduce bag weight so that your vacation becomes easier
and more fun!
My name is Carolyn Ballard. I’m a passionate traveler and the founder of
DesToDis as well.
I created the blog with the main aim to share guidelines, tips and my personal
experiences on all things travel. By this way, I hope to inspire and help people
to wander around the world safely and easily.