10 Useful Tips in Packing for Travel

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Here are some useful tip I learned from the internet and want to share with you on how to pack for travel backpacking style. Most of these are excerpts from www.travelindependent.info. I used these personally together with my photographer when we travel. Lucky for me, I get to ride on his backpack. *oink* *oink*. Photo above is care of Colin Wright, a travel blogger who I admired very much. You can visit his website at www.exilelifestyle.com.

The famous saying goes, everything is essential, only some things more than others. You will have no idea of what you actually need and how little you use when you are away when sitting at home. Everyone says pack light, but the vast majority of backpackers don’t until they have learnt the hard way – ten reasons why you really should:

1Your bag is your life. The smaller it is the less it sticks outs and the less vulnerable you feel. The closer you can stick to it and less cumbersome it is the happier you will be.

2 A large, bulky, full bag gives less room to fill with souvenirs, becomes a nightmare when using motorcycle-taxis/rickshaws and has to be checked in and waited for, when taking flights.

3The thought of wearing the same thing day in, day out may seem terrible now, but it gets easy with the right clothes, and is always preferable to unpacking your entire bag. There is no need to take too many clothes as they can be easily washed and dried, normally overnight.

4You will need to walk with your pack on freely (sometimes quickly avoiding touts), sometimes right across town or from hotel to hotel and it’s often very hot. When you do take transport, you can swing a small bag over your front and jump in a taxi/rickshaw with ease, quickly and without having to separate yourself from it. In addition, leaving your pack in lockers can be a problem if it is huge.

5 Carrying a large, heavy, bulky bag onto a bus may sound alright, but when it is crowded you cannot and are therefore normally separated from it (it goes on the roof, underneath or is left at the back next to god knows what). It is normally okay there, but this can make you a little paranoid about theft as it does happen.

6 When you do get on little buses that stop at the side of the road – the most common way of getting around in many countries – they are normally crowded and have no luggage holds so while you get on and off you whack everyone in the face with your pack as you go past and sometimes need to buy a seat for your bag.

7If your pack is full it is difficult to get to things without pulling other stuff out, so you don’t use what’s at the bottom, it being easier to wear what you had on yesterday or what is at the top.

8 In some regions you may also have to pay a surcharge or buy an extra ticket for a large bag. The same can be said for some metro/underground/tram systems.

9 You will be uncomfortable moving from town to town (short hops) not being able to jump on and off small buses/taxis. Not to mention that a giant oversize bag does not exactly make you the most confident as you will always feel like you are sticking out.You will not believe what an advantage it is to be able to travel from A to C with a quick stop off to see a sight at B carrying your bag, rather than having to do it in a separate day trip, wasting time and money.

10 Quite simply you’ll spend a good deal of time on the road thinking, ‘if I had a huge pack or one like that girl/guy we saw at xyz I could not do this’ – of course you need some bulky items, but there is no need to have a 60 plus litre bag. Not unless you are camping and if so why?

But remember wherever you are and whatever you do in traveling at the end of the day it is something that will make you richer! *oinktastic!*

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