8 Best Tips for Packing Light
Pack light, pack smart, pack fast. With these 8 best tips, anybody can be a master packer.
1) Bring a Foldable Daypack
While traveling, you often need a small and lightweight daypack for a day hike or shopping trip. At just 0.18kg, the Osprey Ultralight Stuff Sack is no larger than an apple when folded. It has plenty of standout features, such as a Deluxe AirMesh harness, organization pockets, a side pocket for your water bottle and reflective graphics for improved visibility. This is a durable pack that will hardly take up any room in your luggage.
Other options: Eagle Creek Packable Daypack
2) Bring an Inflatable Travel Pillow
Say goodbye to bulky neck pillows that take up a ton of room in your carry-on. The Eagle Creek Exhale Neck Pillow inflates in just a couple of breaths and feels super soft against your skin. The fleece cover is removable and washable. Upon arriving at your destination, deflate the pillow and pack it into its tiny stuff sac.
Other options: Go Travel Supreme Snoozer, Go Travel Super Snoozer
3) Use Packing Cubes
Eagle Creek’s Pack-it Cubes will change the way you pack. Due to the building-block shape of the cubes, they are easy to stack and can fit neatly into every available inch of your luggage. Use smaller cubes for your jewelry, make up, underwear, socks, belts and chargers. Everything will be organized and accessible. When you arrive at your destination, remove the cubes from your luggage and place them in the wardrobe. Voila, unpacking complete!
4) Use Compression Sacks
Compress your clothing to create up to 80% more room in your suitcase or backpack. Compression sacks compress items by allowing most of the air inside to be pushed out. They are popular among hikers and backpackers, particularly for their ability to compress a sleeping bag into a very small size. Travellers with lots of bulky winter clothing will also appreciate a load that is as compact as possible. Check out the Sea to Summit Dry Compression Sacks and Travel Smart Compress N Pack.
5) Minimize your Toiletries
Don’t bring your full-sized bath soaps and shampoos. Store all your essentials in small reusable bottles. Humangear Gotoob is an award-winning bottle made from soft yet rugged silicone, so it’s easy to squeeze out all the contents. A large opening makes it easy to fill and clean, and an ID-window on the collar helps you remember what’s inside. It’s airplane carry-on approved, food-safe (FDA), and 100% BPA and PC-free.
6) Bring a Fast-drying Microfibre Travel Towel
If you need to bring a towel for a beach holiday or a camping trip, choose one that is compact, ultra-light and fast-drying. The Sea to Summit Drylite Towel is remarkably absorbent and machine washable. Comes in several sizes and colours.
7) Do laundry
Doing laundry while traveling allows you to pack as light as possible. You can travel around with just two to four outfits. Pack lightweight garments that can dry overnight and don’t wrinkle easily. Sea to Summit’s Trek & Travel Pocket Laundry Wash is perfect for doing laundry on the go. There are 50 sheets of dry laundry soap inside the palm-sized plastic case. To wash your clothes, toss 2-3 sheets into a sink or bucket filled with water.
8) Bring a Carry-on Only
If possible, pack everything into one carry-on luggage. You’ll avoid escalating checked bag fees and waiting around at baggage claim. It’ll also eliminate the chances of lost, delayed or damaged luggage.
Consider traveling with a wheeled backpack like the Osprey Ozone Convertible 50L/22” Backpack. At the airport and in the city area, you can roll it alongside you. When you’re hiking or walking on dirt paths, carry it as a backpack. It is perfect for the adventurous traveller who wants to be fully mobile.