To pack and travel light is all about identifying the most important things you need to carry with you during your trip. It is all about bringing what you know you will have to use. It is about knowing that no matter how much you want to bring something, it doesn’t follow that it is also a necessity.
Write a list.
Always prioritize items when you make a “to bring” list. List down all the items you WANT to bring, and evaluate each carefully according to its value. Not only does a “to bring” list serves as a reminder but it also helps you weed out which items you DON’T actually need.
Pick ONE bag.
Once you have the final list of the most important items, choose a bag—yes, just one. Depending on what kind of traveller you are, you can use a hard-sided suitcase, a duffel bag or a hiking pack. If possible, choose a bag small enough to be a carry-on.
Choose ONE pair of shoes.
It will be of big help if you won’t bring extra pairs of shoes aside from the pair you will be wearing on your departure. Choose the pair of shoes that will work with the clothes you bring.
To travel light and smart also means to be resourceful of what you have. You won’t need your entire wardrobe for a 7-day trip to the US. What you need is just laundry detergent so you can wash and wear your clothes as necessary.
Bring as few gizmos as you can.
No matter how much you want to bring your iPad and laptop with you, it doesn’t mean that they are essential to your trip. Not only do they add to the bulk of your baggage, but they also invite thievery. So it is best to leave behind whatever is unnecessary.