It is very hard to pack properly and it becomes even harden when you are told to pack light. But if you can just force yourself to pack lighter and in a smarter way, then a trip becomes much easier. When you travel light on a backpacking trip you will feel like a free bird and not just like a mule.
There is always a temptation to overpack but a minimalist approach will only make you more comfortable and you can also save a lot of money by avoiding the hefty check-in fees. Before we delve into the tips and tricks of traveling light on a backpacking trip, we must choose the luggage widely. You must go for a backpack for such trips as they are easier to carry around and makes you light on your feet. A regular luggage is only feasible if you are going on a stationery holiday in a resort.
Pack the must-haves only
One needs to think long and hard about each and every item and try to discard those items which can be classified as nice-to-haves. If you try to pack in everything small thing then you will end up with a huge backpack. So one must resist this urge and try to pack only those items without which you cannot simply move.
Just pack in one week of clothing
Don’t pack in so much clothing; it is much easier to wash and dry-clean your clothes than carry around extra stuff. Pack in clothes with a very simple color palette so that you can mix and match different clothes. You will be tempted to pack in all the snazzy stuff that you have but it will only defeat your purpose of traveling light.
Avoid the special-case items
Try to focus on items that will have multiples uses for you and don’t be tempted to pack in things that you will be required to use only on unique occasions. Always keep in mind that when you are on a backpacking trip, gear can be rented from a local place or you can find a cheap product in of the local stores and save yourself the burden of carrying something that will only have a one-time use.
There are shops all over the world and even in the remotest of all places. So the key to traveling light on a backpacking trip is pack in only the ultra-essential goods and in case you forget something, you can always buy it locally. Believe it or not, toothpaste and shaving cream is also available in faraway places like Machu Pichu and Borneo!
One should try to keep at least 25% of the bag space totally empty as it makes unloading and loading so much easier. This extra space can also be used for packing in gifts and souvenirs.
Lastly NEVER pack at the last moment. Try to finish your packing just the day before because if you are in too much hurry then you may end up over-packing.