Try to wear clothes with accessible pockets for your flights as it gives you more carrying capacity.
If you are really dedicated you could even get one of these rather innovative, clever but ridiculous looking jackets which let you take a laptop, books, camera, handbag and gadgets in your jacket pocket while also taking your normal cabin bag…
These are allowed on all airlines but you can replicate the effect on a lesser scale by wearing a large jacket with a couple of pockets or some trousers with big pockets and look a little more fashionable simultaneously.
Take a Kindle! They Take Up Less Room Than 1 Paperback
Many find reading a very relaxing and pleasant activity to do during the holiday (I certainly enjoy the chance to read a book for once as I have a lot more time while away and less jobs to do.) However, books are bulky and heavy so I was always reluctant to take books with me – a shame as I wanted to read. Purchasing a Kindle really helped solve this problem as it meant I could carry over 1000 books with me. It really is fantastic and weights less than one book!
Lighter than a paperback, with a fantastic screen for reading (you really do get used to it!) and with ebooks generally being cheaper than book it is fantastic and you can download a new book within 60 seconds. Also, it has a long battery life (around 8 weeks.) I have one of the original Kindles but as technology always evolves there are better ones now. The Kindle Paperwhite is particularly impressive and lets you read in the dark also.
Leave the laptop at home – swap it for a tablet if you can
They are very large and normally mean you won`t make the most of your holiday. Try to bring another device with the internet such as an Ipod, your phone, or tablet. It will save space and may make you go out and experience the location more. You can always use the computers in the hotel, or go to an internet cafe. I recommend the Nexus 7 on my recommendations page.
BELIEVE You can travel hand luggage only!
Believe that you can travel lighter, maximise your baggage allowance and plan carefully and YOU WILL.
For example, take lighter smaller multipurpose clothes that match with each other. Use accessories to change your style like a scarf or bracelet. Buy toiletries on arrival. Use a Kindle. Store documents on Dropbox.
#4 Smart Packing
Try to roll your clothes to reduce the space they take up in your limited cabin bag. The traditional folding method is rather inefficient and you should try the rolling or bundle method for packing your clothes – especially for items like underwear where any unwelcome folds and creases are going to be less of an issue.
A really cool tip I discovered is hanging creased clothes nearby while you take a hot shower. If you can do this it should remove some of the wrinkles and crinkles in your clothes.
This Lifehacker article gives a good overview of the rolling method.
Onebag.com has a good bundle wrapping diagram too which I will try and get permission to post here! Either way the traditional folding method is not the smartest way to pack – especially if space is at a premium.
Don`t assume folding is the best packing method.
- Decide what you need and then prioritise
- Get the right cabin baggage
- Buy toiletries when you arrive
- Wear bulky!
- Take a Kindle
- Leave the laptop at home
- Keep trying to think how to pack
- Use a packing list – link is an example list
If you follow these tips and think carefully I`m sure you will able to travel light and enjoy the benefits of lighter travel
: lower costs, reduced stress and hassle from travelling with just cabin baggage.
Good luck and have a fantastic trip!
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