Perhaps you have read a lot about what you should pack, the right bags and suitcases to carry, and the best ways to pack specific items. However, very few people will tell you what you are not supposed to pack. Regardless of how long you have been traveling, it is always a learning experience; the same goes for packing, you only get better with time.
As we begin traveling, we tend to carry literary everything we can, either out of excitement or ignorance. But, as time goes by, you realize you don’t need half of the things that you always pack. If you find yourself only using half of the items that you stuff in your bag, you are not alone.
Are you ready to travel light? Here are the top 5 things you should not bother packing in your suitcase. These tips will enable you to pack smarter.
Lots Of Gadgets
Unless you are a professional photographer, YouTuber, or if you are documenting your travels, you have no business carrying a lot of gadgets. A smartphone, a camera, a charger, and extra batteries are enough for you during your trip. A smartphone is enough for you to surf the internet, check out whatever information you would like to, and stay in touch with family and friends. You don’t have to carry a laptop unless if you have professional work you are doing.
If you want to take pictures, there are amazing phones that can capture breathtaking photos. In fact, many avid photographers are now opting for such gadgets. At the end of the day, carrying unnecessary gadgets will just make your bag heavier and make you more prone to theft.
Perhaps you are traveling for business, and you need to look your best. However, the truth is, you don’t need that hairdryer. It is very likely that your hotel is already equipped with one. If you think your hotel doesn’t have one, think of a way you can style your hair without a hairdryer. This way, you will not have to be worried about carrying extra items.
Similar to hairdryers, you only need an iron if you are traveling for business or a serious event. Most hotels have irons, and if you can’t find one, ask the front desk. They may even offer ironing services for a small fee. Also, packing ironed clothes and folding them neatly, for instance, in a garment folder, can save you the extra hassle of having to carry an iron. Furthermore, if you are just going on vacation, a few wrinkles will not hurt you.
Several Pairs Of Shoes
The only reason you need several pairs of shoes while traveling is if you are engaging in activities like a marathon, mountain climbing, or going through snowy conditions. Otherwise, you have no business carrying several pairs of shoes. Packing flip flops and casual closed-toed shows are enough to take you through your trip, if it’s warm. If you are going to a cold destination, you might need waterproof shoes, boots, another warm pair of shoes. As you pack your shoes, be sure to put them in a safe package that keeps bad odor and dirt away from other items.
Too Many Clothing Items
Unless you are going to a fashion week, who wants to spend hours deciding what they should wear? You can minimize your choices by selecting what you need to wear every day. Carry basic clothes with neutral colors. Such clothes will be easy to mix and match. If you want to go extra classy, carry clothes that can be worn more than once and styled differently. Always travel light, and if need be, get laundry services or do it yourself.
Traveling light is one of the best ways you can enjoy traveling. If you have been struggling to decide what to carry and what not to carry, hopefully, these tips will help you. Keep these tips in mind when determining what you need to leave behind on your next trip.