It’s hard to leave some of our belongings behind for long periods of time. Our home is our sanction. No matter how much we complain and appreciate getting away, nothing beats knowing you have everything you may need when you need it. The truth, however, is that you may not need as much as you think you do. Packing light can be difficult, especially if you’re going to be gone for long periods of time. The trick, though, is learning what to pack.
In this blog I’m going to introduce some reasons why packing light is a good idea when traveling.
It’s A Time-Saver
Think of all the times you were packing before a trip. Remember how long it took just to figure out how many pairs of clothes you were going to bring or each day? Then you had to decide which outfits they were going to be. Then you had to decide the pair of shoes to go with it. Then you…well you catch my drift. It doesn’t take a travel rat to know that packing takes time. This is why it’s wise to know what you need rather than what you want.
Remember: Necessity Over Convenience
Sure, you may want to look nice for every occasion during your endeavors. The truth, unfortunately, is that you likely won’t be wearing most or all of those items of clothing anyway. Most of the time we just wind up bringing with us large space-wasters. On top of that, the added weight we made ourselves carry is only insult to injury. For this reason, this is why packing light is encouraged. When you bring only the items you need, i.e. toiletries, underwears, socks, clothes you can wear twice, you save not only time packing, but also space. Not to mention it’s easy on the muscles when you’re traveling light!
You Leave Room To Bring Back Souvenirs
Let’s be honest: many of us underestimate just how much shopping we’re going to do when traveling. We pack super heavy and sometimes end having to buy another bag just to accommodate for all of the new items bought. This, of course, leads to even more inconvenience for you.
Keeping it simple and packing light eliminate this problem. You show up to your destination with plenty of room to spare. This is so that when you get back home, most of the things in your bag will be the stuff you got from your trip!
You Worry Less
There’s a hidden golden rule to life: the less you have, the less you have to worry about. Think about it. When you’re not bombarded with school assignments compounded onto your job, you have less to worry about. When you’ve eliminated debts and payments, it’s one less stressor to worry about.
The same rule applies for traveling. When you pack light, you’re less likely to lose things. Believe me, nothing sours a trip faster than losing a valuable item on a trip. This is why it’s important to understand that less is simply better when traveling.
Packing Light Isn’t So Bad; Try It!
You’ve literally got nothing to lose when your load is less. Sure it’s nice to have the luxury of having what you want when you want it at the moment. But that’s the key word: want. This is totally different from our needs. Not to mention it usually ends up becoming more of a hastle trying to keep up with everything you brought!
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