Thanks to recent events around the world, it is becoming a necessity to travel light. Rising costs in fuel for airline companies mean that they are passing more and more of these costs onto us the traveler. You’ve probably noticed that prices for baggage you check in have been steadily increasing and as they always say, what goes up must come down, except for prices. Other events, such as terrorist related activities, have also made airline travel increasing difficult and time consuming. I’ve always traveled light and encourage others to do so as well.
Pack only what you need. Why travel light? It saves time, money and avoids any unnecessary hassle. Do you enjoy lining up at customs as they check, x-ray and then examine every piece of luggage? I know I don’t and it is nothing more than a huge waste of my valuable time. How can you make sure that you travel light and only take what you need? Simple. If you can buy whatever it is that you want to pack at your new destination, then don’t pack it, buy it after you arrive at wherever you are going. This means the only absolutely essential items you need to take with you are your travel documents, a passport, a toothbrush, towel and some basic clothes for at least the first few days. If you can’t fit everything you need into one carry-on bag then you are over packed and need to seriously reconsider what you are taking.
You’ll be amazed at just how much time you can save by packing light. You won’t be checking bags in and out. You won’t be lining up after you arrive like everyone else waiting for the conveyor belt to bring your luggage around. There’s no chance that you’ll grab someone else’s bag by mistake or that someone will take yours by mistake. There’s no chance the airline will mess up and put your bag on the wrong flight. Customs will let you pass without as much of a blink as an eye and you’ll be on the road shortly after you land in almost no time. If your time is as important to you as my time is to me, then you’ll understand what I mean. We are entering the age of the essential, where excess is bad and less is more. Pack only what you need and nothing else. Your time schedule and wallet will thank you.