So you’re on a budget airline and don’t want to pay for additional baggage? There’s only one thing you can do in a scenario like this: keep calm, carry-on and use our packing tips to help you travel light on your next flight.
There’s an undeniable upside to going minimalist with your luggage. Less hassle, less to keep track of, less waiting around- nothing beats the self-satisfaction of breezing past lines at the counter because you have your ticket printed and nothing to check in. You can hit the ground running, unencumbered by luggage and ready for the chaos of travel to unfold.
Packing light for a trip is somewhat like a game of Tetris, but instead of blocks you have clothes and mini shampoo bottles. The smaller the bag, the more challenging the game- so, Skyscanner Australia is here to talk strategy with our travel packing tips.
Packing tip 1: One week is all you need.
At the risk of stating the obvious, in order to pack light you must be willing to live with less. There are many ways you can maximise space, but at the end of the day you probably will not be able to fit 3 pairs of shoes and a hairdryer into a carry-on bag alongside everything else you need to bring. Take a breath, take stock of your itinerary, and get ready to start whittling your items down to the essentials.
The general rule of thumb here is to bring along a week’s worth of clothes. If you’re travelling for a longer period, you’re likely to end up doing some laundry while on the road anyway, and dissolvable washing detergent sheets take up far less room than another outfit.
Packing tip 2: Look at the bigger picture.
Pack your bag with outfits in mind, not individual pieces. Simplicity is key when you want to get multiple wears out of what you pack, so go with low key, neutral tones that are easily coordinated. Save splashes of colour and pattern for your jacket or scarf.