Traveling with Less

travelLugging around an extra baggage that you will end up hardly ever using can make traveling stressful. Bringing as little as possible can be a challenge, especially when you are traveling for several days. But giving it a try can be a learning experience — and maybe even a life-changing one. And here are just some of the reasons why:

It makes traveling more convenient. If you have traveled with nothing but a carry-on luggage, you would know how more convenient it can be. You can practically cut back the time you have to spend at the airport that is usually spent waiting to check-in your luggage or claim it from the baggage carousel. And best of all, you can enjoy the comfort of not having to haul a heavy luggage around making getting around your destination much easier.

It frees you from potential extra travel costs. You can avoid paying extra baggage fees when you stick to packing the essentials and maybe a few other must-haves. Traveling with less baggage likewise eliminates the need to pay for porter fees in your destinations. It also gives you the option to skip pricey cabs in favor of airport buses or trains.

It reduces travel-related stress. You do not have to worry about lost baggage if you have less or nothing to lose in the first place. Traveling with one carry-on luggage allows you to breeze through airport search points and security control measures. You can also leave spend your time exploring your destinations without worrying about losing valuables left in cumbersome bags in your hotel room.

So if you are thinking of giving traveling with less a try, here are some handy tips to keep in mind the next time you start packing.

Make a list and keep it short. Take a minimalist approach when making a list of things you need to bring. Focus on the must have items instead of the things you think you “might” need. You might be surprised as to how many items you can leave behind if you only keep the most important things on your must-bring list.

Plan your wardrobe ahead. Spending a reasonable amount of time on research makes for better travel experiences. Check the week-long weather forecast so you can have an idea of what suitable clothing to wear instead of bringing stuff you will not need on your trip. Dress up in layers so you do not have to pack a lot of clothes. Wear your light or thick jacket while traveling so it does not have to take up space in your bag. Opt for lightweight, comfortable, and quick-dry clothing.