Packing The Bare Essentials: Could You Travel Light?

It’s almost 2017, which means that a lot of us are starting to think about our hopes and dreams for the next year. If you’re the sort of person who loves travelling, then you’re probably considering what exactly you want to do for your next trip. 2016 has been a rough year for a lot of people: we’ve lost a lot of our most treasured celebrities, and it sometimes seems like the political world has been thrown into turmoil.

It’s very clear that we all need to do our absolute best to relish each day that we have on this earth – and that’s why you should use 2017 to go on a trip that you’ve only ever dreamed of before. If you’re someone who usually loves luxury hotels, why not try getting back to basics and roughing it for a while? Here are some tips for packing and travelling light.


Remember The Essentials

There are a few things that you absolutely cannot avoid packing. Make sure you take a sleeping bag to keep yourself free of bugs at any hostel you stay in, medication to help with headaches and stomach problems, wet wipes to freshen up if you can’t shower, a basic wash kit including toothpaste, shower gel and antiperspirant, a first aid kit like this one, light cotton clothes that can be rinsed in the evening and dry over night, at least one long-sleeved shirt, and a viscose towel that will dry quickly, along with a reusable water bottle.


Cut Down On Luxuries

If you’re the sort of person who can’t face leaving the house without a full face of makeup, use your trip to challenge yourself – chances are, a couple of weeks without any makeup at all will make you much happier about running to the grocery store without any concealer on! If you really want to look your best while you’re away, make sure you’re packing moisturiser with a high SPF, BB cream, waterproof mascara, and lip balm to keep you looking good.


Be Unsentimental

Although you might usually love coming home with bags full of souvenirs from your travels, remember that the reason you’re away is to gain experiences rather than possessions. If you take a good camera with you, your photographs will be ten times more valuable than anything you might pick up at local markets. Purchase small gifts for your nearest and dearest like small pieces of jewellery or postcards, and take only possessions that you aren’t particularly attached to so you won’t mind throwing away a pair of useless jeans to make space for something new.


Overall, remember that a smaller bag will be better for your back and it’ll also help you stick out less, meaning you’ll be less of a target for theft. It’s important that you’re able to move around public transport with your bag easily and that it fits in hostel lockers while you’re out for the day.

Make sure that you take only essentials and that you remember you don’t always need to look perfect when you’re travelling, and you’ll be ready to go!


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Hey, I'm Camille! I quit my life to travel the world in 2013 – and I haven’t stopped since! I have visited 40+ countries as a location-independent travel/lifestyle writer and digital marketer. I like hammocks, scooters, eating, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I was chosen as a top travel influencer by, and have co-founded Helipad Marketing to help travel & lifestyle brands soar with killer online marketing.

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