How to pack light and smart
Packing light and smart is important for any traveller, whether it’s for a week’s vacation, a work trip or even backpacking for months.
Prepare and pack in advance
Lay out everything on the floor before packing them in your bag. This provides an overview of everything you’re bringing. One look and you might think that you’re unnecessarily packing too much.
When you’re frantically packing at the last minute, you tend to overpack by throwing in unnecessary items.
Use non-electric toothbrushes and shavers instead of their electric counterparts, as they’re smaller and require no cables and chargers!
Request from department stores’ cosmetic beauty halls for free/trial samples of perfumes, sunblock and creams.
Roll clothes instead of folding. Unless it’s formalwear.
Use travel cubes and garment folders to compartmentalise your belongings, it would keep the bag organised and you can locate items easily.
Be picky on shoes – don’t bring too many. Bring comfortable sneakers for walking, presentable shoes for restaurants or clubs and flip-flops. Wear the bulkiest pair to the plane and pack flip-flops in hand-carry to change into inflight.
Stuff shoes with smaller articles of clothing such as undergarments, belts and socks to reduce the need of space.
Pack bulkier clothes into vacuum bags to remove air.
Bring a few pieces of thermal innerwear that you can wear throughout the trip so you can wear thinner layers over instead of many heavier coats/jackets.
Layer your clothes so you can mix-and-match and come up with new outfits with the same clothes.
Instead of a multi-power adapter, bring a multi-usb adapter if there are multiple handheld devices to be charged. Reduces the number of annoying two/three pin plug heads!
Bring a foldable/collapsable bag as most airlines allow one hand-carry and personal bag each. Good for laundry/souvenirs on your return trip.
Source Kenneth Lee - Thetravelintern.com
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