Your guide to packing light

Packing light can save you a lot of trouble of your holidays, particularly if you are travelling for an extended period of time or if you are moving around frequently. And with airlines increasingly enforcing extra weight fees, packing light could save you money too! Here are some tips to help...

  • The first step is to buy a suitcase or backpack. We recommend that you choose as small a size as you think you can get away with: if you buy a big bag, you're going to want to fill it.
  • Start by making a list of everything you want to bring on your trip. This is a better starting point than rummaging through your wardrobe, because you can think more objectively when you're not surrounded by "stuff".
  • Now it's time to edit that list. Do you really need a different outfit everyday? Could you not pack a small bottle of detergent and rotate three outfits? The chances are that you won't wear most of the stuff anyway.
  • Research your destination. Is there anything that you put on your list that might be unnecessary? For example (if you're going somewhere particularly exotic), does your hotel have mosquito nets? Then you won't need one. Will you be staying in hostels every night? Then you won't need a sleeping bag.
  • Girls - the chances are that when on holiday, you won't feel like applying a full face of make up. A couple of simple, multi-purpose items are often a better option than packing your full make up bag. Think streamlining!

Still find packing light difficult? Remember that you'll probably be able to buy everything you need once you reached your destination - and probably at a cheaper price than home! As long as your not straying too far from the beaten track, you should be able to pick up anything from extra sun-cream to a warm jumper.

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