If I had my way, I would pack my entire world into a suitcase for every trip. I find comfort in knowing that the extra pair of jeans I don’t need is safely tucked underneath ten other items I definitely won’t use.
But the throbbing arm pain I have so often brought home is proof that bad decisions exist and certain things like impractical high heels need to be left alone in the closet. For safety reasons and packing lightly purposes, here are 6 things that every traveller needs to leave behind on their next trip.
1. Hard cover books and magazines.
A book lover knows that any trip, no matter how long or short is incomplete without a book. But books tend to be bulky and take too much space and weight in luggages.
To solve this, switch to kindle or download the app on your smartphone. You may also download the audible app if you’d rather listen to your favourite book instead.
2. Toiletries and skin care products.
Leave your toiletries and skin care products at home if your want to save space, especially on a long trip. It’s easier and cheaper to pick up what you need on the road than to deal with finding the right TSA-approved bottle weight. If you feel uncomfortable with leaving your trusted products at home, consider bringing along what you need—basics only.
3. Valuables and Jewellery.
For security reasons, it’s advisable to leave your jewellery and other expensive items at home. Tourists are often targeted by thieves, con artists, and unscrupulous locals; and it won’t help if you can easily be spotted from a crowd due to how shiny your wrists are or by the designer labels on your clothes.
Try not to stand out in an unfamiliar environment.
4. Multiple devices.
For some people it’s scary to walk around without their smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets that tend to connect them to the world. When travelling, it’s advisable to stick to just one smart phone—if it’s not a business trip and a laptop or tablet—only if you absolutely need it. Devices take space in luggages so the general rule is to bring only what you need.
5. Extra clothing.
Pack the exact number of jeans, underwear, socks, and other clothing items you need. Don’t fall for the one-more and what-if trap. Clothes are bulky and heavy suitcases are difficult to drag around. For long trips, you can opt for clothing items made from quick-dry fabrics that can easily be washed in the bathroom of your hotel.
6. Things you can buy.
One way to save space and essentially pack light is to leave behind anything you can buy when you reach your destination. They could be simple things like over the counter drugs, extra underwear, extra pair of socks, razors, reading materials, nail polish, and more.
These items can easily be purchased at shopping malls and convenient stores.