Visual Guide to the Packing Essentials for Backpackers and Travelers
Deciding to take that vacation and go off on holiday is probably the easy part of the travel experience. What’s not so easy? Deciding what goes into your suitcase and deciding on how much stuff you actually need. Traveling is a way of life for many people. Most people swear by just a simple backpack or a carry on size suitcase as your only luggage.
Why Should I Travel With Just One Piece of Luggage?
Travel is much more about the experience rather than the items you collect. That’s why it’s best to leave the entire contents of your wardrobe at home with you and just take the essentials (don’t worry; you will live! And there are such things as washing machines and dryers that exist!).
Additionally, minimizing the space you use can seriously cut out costs when it comes to traveling. Many airlines are now trying to save at the expense of consumers. That means that there are several airlines out there that can charge up to $50 or even $100 due to excess baggage. If you’re planning on traveling for a while, that can really eat up your funds. Instead of wasting money on baggage fees that cut into your travel funds, why not travel more with less? Here are the top five items to take with you in your carry on luggage.
1. Handy yet Lightweight Rain Jacket
Making the first spot on the list, this is super important. No matter where you’re going, to the sunniest and warmest of places or to the closest, a nice rain jacket that will keep you dry and break the wind is important. The best thing about having a nice jacket is that it can be paired and layered with a sweater or 2 in cold climates, or it can be worn on it’s own with just a simple shit underneath in warmer climates. Overall, most veteran travelers will know just how important it is to have a nice, versatile jacket with you on hand.
If you’re low on space, you could even wear the jacket and other sweaters onto the plane and simply take them off once you’re settled. It’s important to have a rain jacket that’s not too bulky so that you save space and maximize your comfort (nobody likes jackets that are so fluffy you can’t even move your arms). Also, on the opposite side of the coin, having a jacket that’s not too thin as well s crucial in order to prevent getting soaked and cold when the wind blows.
2. Basic Clothes
Having clothes that are as simple and basic are crucial. If you’re not shopping in the basic section of your favorite stores, you’re doing it wrong. The thing about basic clothes is that they are plain and simple, so that they go with many different outfit combinations. That’s the trouble with having clothes that are very specific, or packing clothes that can be used for only special occasions. Having a set of basic clothes really allows you to maximize the mixing and matching of your clothes in the limited space you have.
3. The Essential Cosmetic Supplies
This can almost be a subsection in itself. There are so many cosmetic options out there, it’s insane. Since you aren’t checking a bag and can’t pack away huge containers of soaps and shampoos, it’s important that you purchase little travel sized containers that you can put your own products in. however, be strategic about your products. Go for a 2 in 1 shampoo conditioner combo, as well as toothpaste, body soap (which, you can actually bring in bar form in order to save space that way as the bag for liquids can get a little cramped), as well as a few makeup products for girls (nothing excessive). Also, remember that you can always buy products upon landing. Just keep in mind some products that you just can’t live without may not be available where you’re traveling to, so be sure to prioritize those.
4. Lightweight Laptop or Tablet
Now, this may not be essential for everyone, but if you want to stay in touch with family and friends, are planning on working online, or uploading video and camera footage, then this is necessary for you. Make sure you squeeze in enough space for your laptop. If you haven't gotten one already, it’s recommended to get a slightly smaller, lightweight laptop, which can be found nowadays for very low prices.
5. Snacks for the Ride
Snacks are essential in order to save money when you’re traveling. It’s great to pack calorie dense yet healthy foods in order to keep the hunger away when you’re traveling. Foods like apples, granola bars, almonds and nuts, as well as bottles of water are great for travel and can really prevent you from spending money at airports where the food tends to be extremely pricey. Be smart and plan ahead in order to stay fueled up without breaking the bank.
Travel is one of the most rewarding experiences out there. In fact, it’s even confirmed by science that spending money on experiences rather than things leads to people feeling more rewarded and much more happier, especially when people choose to travel. Be sure to maximize your space and save costs by packing accordingly.