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The Art Of Travelling Light

May 18, 2008
Travelling is always good for the soul and refreshing for the spirit. You get to see new things, new faces, and new places. And when you travel to another part of the world, you get to immerse yourself in customs and ways of living that are different from what you're used to. But sometimes, with all the backpacks and luggage you bring with you, it becomes tiring, which is wrong. Travelling should rejuvenate you, not wear you down.

This is why you should learn to travel light. You should be able to enjoy your journey, and you won't be able to do this if you keep worrying yourself over the large amount of luggage you have with you. Always stick to bringing bare necessities,whether you're going away for the weekend or on a week-long trip. Here are a few tips to help you travel light.

Getting Away for the Weekend

If you're planning on a weekend getaway, a small backpack should be enough. Bring only the stuff that you're going to need. Bring your necessary toiletries (not your entire bathroom!), a few changes of clothing, and anything else you might need.

A Week Or A Few Weeks' Travel

A backpack is your best pick if you're going away for a week or so. Aside from bringing along your necessities like toiletry and stuff, you'll need to bring enough clothing. Make sure to pack a few pair of jeans as opposed to dresses and skirts. This will cut down the weight of your baggage as jeans can easily be mixed and matched with tops. Also, try to bring just one pair of shoes that will go along with the clothes you bring.

Long Trips and Overseas Travel

This type of travel requires larger travelling cases. It follows that you should pack your personal necessities like you would when going on a weekend trip. Don't bring your whole wardrobe, though. Bring a week's worth of clothing. But before you pack, make sure you know the climate and weather of the place you're travelling to.

If, for example, you live in San Francisco and you're traveling to the tropics, leave behind your windbreakers. Bring a few days' worth of clothing and buy the appropriate wardrobe when you get to your destination. Just one rule you can't forget: don't forget you passort!

Self Restraint and Balance

Most of the time, people tend to over pack because they can't bear to leave a cute outfit sitting at home. People either go away on a weekend trip and end up bringing a weeks' worth of extra clothing. But there are also others who have a problem with "under packing". Have you have friends over on weekends that bring just their toothbrush? And so you end up lending them your clothes and other stuff. Sure, there's no harm in this, but it can get a little annoying.

Choosing a Light Bag

Aside from the things you need to bring, you also have to take into consideration the weight of your bag. Make sure you choose a lightweight, but durable bag. Steer clear of large back packs - this will only tempt you to bring more stuff and you'll never learn the art of traveling lightly.

Traveling light is hard to master as different travels bring forth different needs, especially when you're traveling to a new place for the first time. There is this propensity to anticipate, which also leads you to over pack. But take a tip from your past trips and you'll be amazed at freedom and enjoyment you will get.
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