We have all been there- travelling with an overweight bag stuffed with things that we don’t need on the trip. The same can be said to an overloaded campervan or motorhome where you also carry things that are unimportant during the entire journey. It’s time we get to the bottom of this habit and pack our things more effectively.

There are many reasons why people seem to over-prepare on their travels. We all have the intrinsic quality to prepare for the worst case scenario. It is OK to have contingencies but don’t let it be on the way of enjoying your vacation. Below are some tips on how you can travel light with just the basic essentials.

1. Plan And Do Not Procrastinate

Notice that when you pack your things hours before your travel, your mind tends to be racing because of the deadline. Then, you think of the what ifs. What if it rains? What if I run out of food? What if there are only a few stores? 

The success of your trip depends mainly on your planning and preparation. Research the weather forecast of the place you are visiting. If it is going to be sunny, then bring only clothes that are light and easy to wear. List down all the things you will use regularly on the trip and give priority on packing them. Prepare your things three days before the trip and not on the same day.

2. Pack According To What You’ll Do

Bring items that you will use and may not be available at your destination. If the place you are visiting or your travel’s schedule won’t allow your daily activities, such as working out or running, then don’t pack your gym clothes or running shoe.

Travel Bag

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Practise the process of elimination and identify which items will not be used. Some of the things you can let go are jeans- they are bulky and hard to wash; money belt- which can draw the attention of muggers; and toiletries- because the hotels or accommodations already provide them.

3. Choose The Right Bag

You may be tempted to bring with you a large bag or suitcase where you can just dump almost every item in your house. The ideal bag  should have multiple compartments so you can organise your items better. A smaller bag  will help you to prioritise what to bring.

Bring only the minimal amount of clothing you need. For example, you can live by only three underwears- the one you are wearing, the one to be washed and the one you will use tomorrow.

4. Colour Coordinate Your Clothes

Clothes comprise much of the things in your luggage. Save up on space by colour coordinating your clothes (you have to know which matches amongst your wardrobe), so you won’t be confused what to wear on the next few days. Plus, you will be sure you are wearing your best.

Coloured shirts

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One great hack on packing clothes is not to stack them one over the other. It’s very hard for the shirt you like if it’s arranged like this.

A great technique is to add another fold to your folded clothes and stack them up in columns so that the sides are showing. This way you can pick the clothes you want easier and without ruining its order.

5. Forget The Gadgets

In an interconnected world, we cannot live without gadgets at our side. However, gadgets can distract us in immersing on our travels. Carry only the necessary gadgets- smartphone and camera. You will be amazed at what other activities you can do if you have no gadgets in hand.

Bringing books and other reading materials is also a no-no. They are cumbersome and you have a slim chance of even skimming them, especially if you have a tight schedule.

6. Don’t Buy Delicate Souvenirs

Your luggage can double because of the souvenirs you bought. But, it can be disheartening to know that the vase you bought just broke. To prevent this from happening, don’t buy souvenirs that are fragile like ceramics and crystal glass. 

Make sure that your souvenirs can be transported easily. As a general rule, if an item is cumbersome to carry and won’t even fit in your bag then don’t buy it.

If you want a worry free travel where you can pack a lot of stuff with you to and from your travel, then rent a motorhome or campervan. These vehicles can be your home during your journey and will free your hands from carrying any luggage. To get the best deals book one now using Apollo Motorhomes.