After years of travelling we’ve become somewhat “experts” in how to travel light.
On short trips we only carry the basics as hand luggage, but let us share some tips on how to travel light for that gap year or three month summer vacay through Europe.
There are great reasons to travel light; it’s easier to get around, you’ll reduce any excess baggage fees, and honestly it's just simpler all round. Trust us, we’ve done the legwork!
TRAVELLING THROUGH MULTIPLE CLIMATES
Layering is the trick! You don’t need to pack bulky items; thin layers will keep you just as warm. It is also a perfect option for both summer and winter climates.
During the winter months you can ‘strip off the layers’ if the weather warms up, or you get a bit hot during your hike to the top of Machu Picchu.
Pack as little as possible, but remember to cover all the bases. Thermals are a great winter climate option; they’re lightweight and can be used as the perfect undergarments to keep you warm.
Those striped long johns are particularly sexy!
Don’t forget to pack your comfy favourites, which are tried and tested. Sure a new wardrobe is nice, but be realistic.
TO ROLL OR TO FOLD?
Rolling can often mean you can fit more in, but it can also mean ‘over packing’ and carrying extra weight.
As much as we love rolling and use it when travelling, be mindful about what you will actually need.
Roll your socks; stuff them in your shoes
Pack all those small items into the nooks and crannies
You can’t afford a leak; wrap up those bottles
Suitcase or Backpack?
This is a common debate amongst travellers, so when we travel we go with both! We’ve opted for the hybrid suitcase-backpack combo (and love it)!
Using our luggage as a suitcase allows us to wheel through airports with ease, navigate narrow corridors and weave through the crowds.
When it comes to the cobbled streets around Europe or dirt roads in Asia, we simply switch to the backpack version!
We allow ourselves a two-bag limit per person. Along with your luggage, this gives us a daypack option for all those onboard essentials. We wouldn’t recommend travelling with more than this – it’s just not necessary.
Side note: The backpacks that pack from the top are just not ideal – sorry. You have no easy way to reach anything at the bottom. Not only is it impractical and quite annoying, you certainly don’t want to have to be constantly re-packing.
Our Top Tips
Don’t leave it to the last minute. Packing at midnight the night before your flight could spell disaster! Ok, that’s a little dramatic, but it's definitely not ideal. You are bound to forget things or over pack.
One half of The Travel Heads is extremely organised, the other not so much... But we find the right balance!
There is nothing like laying out all your things on the spare bed a week before or writing a check list of what to pack in the weeks leading up to the BIG trip.
And, once you’ve laid out all of those ‘must have’ items… halve it! Brutal – we know! If your trip is more than a week or two, accept the fact that you will have to do laundry and pack accordingly.
The likelihood is that you’re only taking enough underwear for a week, so why pack double the amount of shirts for those ‘just in case’ moments?
Get creative with how you pack; it’s a serious matter! And remember, less is more!