How To Travel The World Stress Free, Saving Time And Without Checking In Your Backpack At The Airport…
At first I laughed out loud at the idea of traveling with a pack the same size as a schoolbag, but now I don’t want anything other than that. In 2008 Nathan gave away his 90L backpack and bought a 20L pack instead, and my backpack hasn’t been filled up completely for a long time now.
I also love turning up at an airport, and having the ability to walk straight through customs with our calling cards and onto the plane with all my stuff still on my back, I know where it is and once we arrive at our next destination there is no waiting at baggage claim to make sure our stuff made it to the same place as us – traveling made easy!
To me the advantages of light weight travel and using free phone cards out-weigh the ‘normal’ way of traveling, but there are some problems that come with it, and here is how I solved them:
1. How To Fit It All In?
You will need to bring less to fit it all in, obviously, and your packing itinerary needs to be more thought through. When you have a big backpack you tend to pack it until it’s full, and then ending up with a lot of things you’re not sure why you even brought (the answer for me was: because I could).
When you have a smaller backpack there is less space for ‘mistakes’, and you can’t bring a bunch of things just because you think they look nice.
Try to make as many items have a multi-purpose. Bring light weight clothing and clothes that take up less space. By rolling your clothes you will also be able to fit more in, they take up less space that way.
2. What To Do With Liquid Stuff?
Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, make up, perfumes – the list goes on. All this liquid stuff you want and need to bring with you. I never understood how you could possibly bring a carry- on with all that when you’re only allowed 100ml (3.4 ounces)?
I recently realized that you actually can find all of these things in solid forms – a solid shampoo bar the size of a yo-yo and weighs close to nothing lasts you 3 months, as long as 3 normal sized shampoo bottles!
Many girls might get suspicious when I mention using solid soap for face and body, but forget about that cheap dehydrating stuff – there are some great choices out there now, so natural you can almost eat them!
Lush is a company which has great soaps, perfumes, conditioners and shampoos in solid form, and I love them. By avoiding liquid stuff you won’t only be able to bring it in your carry-on pack but also won’t have to worry about breaking the bottles or having them leaking in your bag – believe me with liquid stuff it’s doomed to happen…
There are more and more smaller backpacks that offer really good support – so this isn’t really a problem but many cheaper models don’t. They count on you not making it very heavy since you can’t stuff much in it, but wearing a backpack for a long time will still make your back hurt even if it’s not too heavy.
Pack your backpack the same way you would with a large backpack. Keep the heavy items close to your back in the hip area, putting the weight on your hips and easing the weight on the shoulders.
A problem I’ve found with smaller backpacks is that there weren’t many compartments, but you sort of had to stuff it all into one main compartment.
This made it difficult to have some organization in your bag. I solved it by putting it all into smaller ‘bags’. It could be everything from bags I sew myself to professional pack bags, but something to separate the camera cords from dirty socks.
Do you like traveling light and have any tips, or is this simply nothing for you and you don’t mind checking in your backpack at the airport every time?