Travel is one of the things that can make your life more colorful, exciting, and simply worth living. You get to meet different people and immerse yourself in their cultures, sample their cuisines, and load up on travel stories to make awesome memories.
In this post, learn how to pack for your adventures so that you just have enough luggage for every destination, whether you’re planning to stay in Tokyo or simply thinking about making memories in a different part of town.
Organize with Packing Cubes
Just because you’re backpacking doesn’t mean that you should throw everything in a backpack and go. Organizing keeps you from having to go through everything in your bag to find a pair of socks or your earphones. Use packing cubes. There are cubes for everything, from your electronic devices to your clothes and underwear. At your hotel, you can lay the cubes out on a desk so that you don’t have to rummage to find what you need.
Bring Clothes that You Will Surely Wear
Many travel rookies and even those who have done it for a long time suffer from bringing things they “might” need. While it’s great to be prepared for anything, it’s not cool to add extra pounds to your bag that you don’t really need. Some clothes can be worn several times, such as jeans and jackets. You can actually wear them instead of packing them. Calculate how many pieces of clothing you’ll need by counting the days you’ll be out. If you’re going to a place by the beach, think about bringing only one swimwear. Instead of packing bulky shoes, wear them. Bring an extra pair of slippers or sandals; they are lighter and take up less backpack space.
Be Prepared to Do Some Handwashing
If you’re packing light, be ready to do some handwashing over the hotel room sink. Don’t worry about bringing laundry soap; it’s usually cheap wherever you go. If you have the budget, you can also ask the hotel if they do laundry or if there’s a nearby laundry shop that you can visit.
Bring Only Your Toiletry Essentials
You don’t have to bring a big bottle of shampoo or lotion. Buy smaller items that you can cram in a small toiletry bag. If you’re staying in a hotel, chances are, the room comes with free shampoo, soap, a toothbrush, and toothpaste, so you don’t have to pack them. If those aren’t available, head to the nearest convenience store. Not bringing toiletries also comes with some advantages. For example, you don’t have to worry about shampoo spilling all over your clothes or being asked at the airport to leave them. Plus, that’s a few extra pounds you won’t be carrying.
Don’t Forget to Hydrate
Traveling often involves plenty of walking. Rehydrate with a water bottle. Look for a rugged water bottle that keeps your water in the right temperature for a long time. You can refill it where there’s a drinking fountain, such as at most airports, or in places where you eat. If you’re careful about where you eat, you are less likely to get contaminated water. You can also get bottled water from convenience stores if you have doubts about the quality of water in the area.
Traveling is great, but it’s even better when you don’t have to explore with heavy luggage. These tips should help you enjoy your adventures with only the essentials in your backpack.