How Much Luggage Should You Carry???
“He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
On my recent holiday to Sri Lanka I carried almost 30 outfits for a 8 day trip. Just as I was making a list of what all I have to carry on my forthcoming trips, I realized that I had listed down my entire wardrobe again. Most of the time, I end up travelling with double the amount of luggage I actually need, it just happens. I imagine all weird situations like ‘What if I urgently have to go to a pub? What if I my jeans tear off? And a lot of other nonsensical what if’s and keep stuffing in things. So this time I promised myself that I will travel light and thus I will share all the gyaan with all of you also.
This is how I packed and YOU SHOULD NOT PACK for any trip – On the right are my denims on the first rack , day wear on the second rack, tracks on the third rack, makeup, undergarments in the inside zip, clothes filled inside the suitcase and some more clothes on the sides of the suitcase. Oh yes!! I had another hand bag with shoes and bags.
And everybody was making so much fun of me that they made me click this picture. You should never pack like this. Contradicting the age old idiom of ‘practice before you preach’ I would like to share some tips on packing smart.
Luggage is the inseparable part of any trip. Ideally the amount of luggage you should is the amount of luggage you can carry, as in if you can lift it by yourself its perfect. The moment you need help to lift your luggage, please remove the extras (this rule is not applicable if you are Khali) . :snicker: :snicker:
Chose the right suitcase and bags –
1. Chose luggage that is light, you wouldn’t want your suitcase to weigh a lot. Also handbags should be light and preferably strolley (strolley is heavier too, so plan accordingly). Backpack is a good option as it keeps your hands free. Remember to keep the heaviest thing at the bottom of the backpack so that your shoulders don’t hurt.
2. Keep a few plastic bags and those ultra thin foldable bags for emergency. They can be used to keep away dirty clothes, wet stuff, or just any random last minute shopping.
Starting with the basics –
1. Never compromise on innerwear/undergarments. Carry a decent amount of undergarments to help avoid any kind of embarrassing situations. You can wash lingerie and it will dry over night but in my opinion it isn’t a very pleasant thing to do on holidays plus its embarrassing when your room is cleaned.
2. Carry stuff which will double up as another, like how a black spaghetti top can be worn under an outfit serving as a tube top and on its own over denims.
3. Carrying bulky denims is not a good idea. They take up a lot of weight and space.
4. Carry light dresses, again carry stuff that will multi-task. Like a short summery dress which can be doubled up as a kurta with denims or leggings.
5. If you prefer wearing Indian, carry leggings/churidars which you can wear with most of your kurtas.
6. T-shirts, don’t compromise. They are light and take very less space.
7. Experiment with layering your clothes, rather than carrying warm clothes for slightly chilly places. A full sleeved t-shirt with a spaghetti top over it can save you that jacket space and weight. With heavy snowfall or winter places, stock up on winter wear.
8. Carry fabrics which can bear the strain of folding, unfolding, crushing and muddling in the suitcase.
Now that you have chosen your clothes,its time to pack them.
9. Roll, don’t fold. A rolled up outfit will take less space than a folded one. Also you don’t have to excavate layer after layer once you reach. It ensures you don’t do a total repack when you are touring.
10. Fill in the gaps between the rolled clothes with small stuff like undies or socks or deodorants.
11. Belts and ties, it is best to leave them unfurled and tuck them around the corners of the suitcase. That way space will be saved and we locating becomes easier.
12. Wear the bulkiest shoes and pack in the lighter ones. I know the thought of travelling in bulky shoes is bad but trust me you will more than happy with your luggage.
13. Carry three pairs of shoes at the maximum. One formal/evening wear, one comfortable pair which can be worn with all outfits and a pair of bathroom slippers which you can use in lounges and lobbys too, so pack a cute one.
14. Pack shoes in shoe bags so that they don’t dirty your clothes.
15. Travel gurus will advise you to stuff in small items like polish, socks inside the shoes to save them from deforming and saving space. But it kind of grosses me, so I prefer to pack empty shoes.
Towels and Toiletries –
16. You need not carry large size towels unless you are travelling to Himalayas. The hotels provide bath as well as pool towels. It is advised to throw in a medium sized thin paper towel for emergencies.
17. Carry your toiletries in small sized bottles. If they are not available in small size, transfer them to travel containers available in the market.
18. Seal all bottles to avoid wastage and spillage.
19. Don’t leave something thinking that you will pick it up on your destination, all things are not available everywhere.
20. Coming to makeup, again try to double up things. Like a bronzer which acts as a blush. Or a tinted moisturiser which acts like a moisturiser, foundation and sunscreen.
21. Try using eyeliner and lip liner pencils which take up almost no space as eye shadow and lip tints.
It is always good to travel light and use problem as opportunity, you wouldn’t mind buying a French shower gel or a German face cream in case you run out of one. Would you? Remember, keep some extra space in the suitcase and do not pack till the zip bursts open. Clothes tend to expand and then you also need place for all the shopping you have done. 😀 😀 😀
Leaving you with the best piece of travel packing advice I have ever come across – “pack everything you think you need, then halve it”. Thankfully if you follow the tips above, you wouldn’t need to.
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- How to Store Makeup for your Travel Bag
- Nature’s Co Travel Kit II – Lavender Body Lotion, Cinnamon Bath Salt & Lemon Ginger Soap