Travelling light is easy and also cheap.
If you travel only with your hand luggage you can avoid waiting for your embarked luggage to retire, you don’t take the risk of loosing it or having it mistakenly sent to another destination and, most of all, is cheaper. And this, according to me, is a perfect reason.
Travelling light is easy and also cheap. If you travel only with your hand luggage you can avoid waiting for your embarked luggage to retire, you don’t take the risk of loosing it or having it mistakenly sent to another destination and, most of all, is cheaper. And this, according to me, is a perfect reason.
In this article I had explained to you how to pack the perfect hand luggage, and today I want to give you some advice on how to considerably reduce the amount of things to carry with you.
In the last months I’ve travelled a lot, both for work and for pleasure. In June I had to take 4 different flights in a few weeks and afterwards two trains. That required a lot of organization in my hand luggage.
In April, instead, for the first time in my life I left with a backpack. Just one backpack for 4 days. I have been in Greece, and my journey included hiking in Meteora, which required a lot of displacements. This is why I preferred something more comfortable and light.
Below I explain you how I’ve organized my luggages.
WHAT TO PUT IN THE BACKPACK:
- Towels. Often in the hostels you are given some for free or just paying a small plus, but I always prefer to take my own. In this case, as the space in a backpack is limited, I had just one big towel. Many travellers prefer microfibre towels because they’re light and get quickly dry. I hate the sensation of microfibre on my skin so I only use cotton.
- Lock. I never leave anything important in the hostel, but a lock can be useful to close the backpack during the travel, even if I have always money and documents elsewhere. I don’t feel comfortable if someone can delve into my things – not even in a backpack containing just underwear – while I’m walking or I’m distracted.
- Toilet kit. Apart from the unavoidable toothbrush, toothpaste and basic make-up (lip balm, mascara and pencil), I’ve always a soap tablet with me. It’s perfect both for personal hygiene and for washing your clothes. And you don’t have to worry about the
- A pair of jeans;
- A pair of leggings for the night. I prefer leggings to pyjamabecause they’re very thin and practical for the life in an hostel.
- Four light and sporty shirts;
- a recycled 100 ml container for shampoo;
- flip flops (when I don’t forget them);
- a notebook and a pen;
- tablet and charger;
- underwear set (I always bring the less that I can and I wash it allby night);
- mobile phone and charger.
- 10 L ultra-compact backpack, bought in Decathlon at the price of €2. During the excursion it was very useful because I put inside the necessary for the whole day.
- hiking boots
During my travels by plane I wore the most heavy clothes which could have taken more space in the backpack (a pair of jeans, a fleece around my hips and a wind jacket). A shoulder bag with my Reflex, and the wallet and documents in an internal pocket of the jacket.
You have to roll your clothes in the backpack in order to use less space and avoid them from crease.
WHAT TO PUT IN A TROLLEY:
In a trolley you usually have more space (mine is 55x40x20), so that you can be less minimalist, but I like being it in any case. So, this is what I put in my luggage when I leave for a 3-4 day weekend.
- 2 pairs of jeans/trousers;
- 1 pair of leggings;
- 4 shirts;
- toilet kit (see above);
- 1 cardigan;
- 1 shower towel and one small towel;
- 1 trainers;
- 1 mirror;
- 1 pair of flat sandals;
- 1 light bag or small backpack;
- 1 laptop (now I have a 1,4 kg Macbook Air);
- camera and accessorizes
- various adapters, USB and charger;
- flip flops
When I travel for work I usually stay in hotels, where I collect containers and travel kits. When I use the contained product – in order to avoid rubbish – I recycle them for the next travels. But before leaving, I always assure myself that the hostel where I’ll stay don’t give these things (some of them offer shampoo and shower gel).
Some days ago my father gave me a compact bum-bag with two expansible pockets. You can wear it around your waist with a regulable belt or you can hide it under your clothes. It’s perfect for sporty travellers, but also for those who love practicality and lightness in travel.