Pack light? Oh shit. Okay, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!
Knowing the trip will take me to different places nearly everyday and staying in new places nearly every night, I knew I had to pack as light as I could. Traveling on the go was a first-time experience for me. When you're traveling and on the go everyday it is best to travel very light. Here are just a few tips on how.
§ Considering I was traveling with this Kelty backpack, I didn't have room for much. I had to keep my wardrobe style as simple as possible and no fashionable clothing.
§ This was the Kelty backpack I traveled with for 15 days. Bring all clothing that are quick-drying (including quick-drying underwear, man-made fiber contents). If you don't have any or not enough then head to your retail stores' activewear aisles. I bought all activewear...3 short sleeve t-shirts and a long sleeved collared top. I found mines at Target for a very cheap price and were on sale. These babies truly made a difference while traveling. I did my laundry in the hotel bathroom sink and dried my clothing either outside a patio or lined it on a clothing line that I borrowed from my roomie during the entire duration of my trip. (Note to self: need to buy a clothingline or to make one).
§ Keep your wardrobe style as simple as you can. That means no fashionable clothing ladies. Yes I know how dreadful but you're there to travel, it is not a fashion show. I kept my wardrobe stylings to only about these different variations: 1) blue short sleeve tee with black pants, 2) grey short sleeve tee with black pants or trekking pants, 3) long sleeve activewear top with black pants or trekking pants. Keep in mind, I had to at least handwash one or two item of clothing every other day in the room.
§ Now for shoes I only brought my hiking/trekking sneakers and a pair of flip flops in case it gets warm I can switch to my flip flops or when I'm tired of wearing sneakers during the day I switch to my flip flops at night when I'm going out for dinner and/or a drink. I carry my flip flops on the outside of my backpack where I tied them to where the compartment pockets are, where the zipper pulls are. Just spend time playing around the outside of your backpack and you'll figure it out.
§ Travel-sized items! Shampoo, conditioners, face cream that needs to be transferred into smaller containers, everything has to be travel-sized! If you know you'll be staying in hotels you might not even have to bring shampoo, conditioner, or body wash since nearly all hotels provide them. Anything that you think you can buy or get for free, don't bring.
§ If you can get live without your normal regular sized brush, hair curler, and flat iron, then it is recommended you don't bring them with you. I couldn't, because I always want my hair to be perfect so I brought my everyday brush with me and left my flat iron at home. It was hard not taking that with me but hahaha I survived. Nowadays they have travel-sized flat irons that has travel outlet convertors too! Look it up, you'll find it. This trip I had to bring a towel but I chose to bring the most lightweight towel I owned. It is a cheaply made towel of probably very cheap fiber but hey it's light, so why not?!?! If you don't have a lightweight towel I recommend just buying one. Carrying a much lighter weight towel that can easily be rolled up slimly inside your backpack makes all the difference. Be sure to put that towel in the bottom of your backpack on top of your heavy pants.
§ Put the most heavy items in the bottom of your backpack. Almost always this works. Normally. However, with my sneakers I put them last on top of everything else in the main compartment. The opening of the shoes and the form itself made it a bit difficult to put in the bottom of the backpack.
§ The small items like your travel-sized items can be put into the outside smaller pockets/compartments or tucked away in the sides of the main compartment, if there is room. I put my travel-sized items in a TSA-size-approved plastic zipped bags. I was also able to squeeze 4 pairs of quick-drying underwear inside the main compartment as well. Just roll them in.
§ Electronics! When it comes to electronics I personally don't bring anything big or bulky since I hate traveling around with so much shit. And I knew I would be on the go every day. I only take my cell phone, cell phone charger, small digital camera, camera charger, travel outlet convertor, and maybe a very small mp3 player. My advice is try to do the same and keep your electronics at home. Plus you don't want to loose your expensive items!
§ I wore my heaviest clothing while traveling there. This method prevents me from having to carry my heaviest shit in my back. I'm a very petite person of only 5 feet tall, so all the excess weight can do damage on my back. I wouldn't want that. Traveling back I wore my lightweight clothing because during the trip I threw away some of my worn-out clothing. Yes sometimes you should keep your somewhat worn-out clothes to keep around for your travels. You can throw them away while you're there and not have to bring them home, making some room for souveniors.
§ Bring a carry-on bag. That'll be your day bag that you can bring with you and use all the time, night and day. Big enough to carry a few more stuff you couldn't fit in your main backpack, but not too big where the airline can potentially tell you to check it in. Call me a cheap ass but with baggage fees these days it is ridiculous to pay that extra fee when you can avoid it all-together.
§ Lastly, packing light takes more time and more thought but it is definitely doable. Don't be lazy, just do it. Just spend more time "playing" with your backpack and your stuff. It took me a few rounds to figure out how I would pack my stuff together. My genius idea was the flip flop tied to the front backpack where the zipper pulls are. GENINUS! haha!
I hope these tips will help you pack light for your next overseas adventure. I'm proud I was able to pull it off since it was my first time traveling around with only a backpack and carry-on bag.