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Travel Well, Pack Light
Saturday, 28 June 2008
Image The secret to happy traveling, according to omnipresent travel guru Rick Steves, is in keeping things light. In a recent column on the topic Steves opines that “the measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels” – too much luggage will not only mark you as a hopeless “tourist,” but will also make your trip more complicated and even more dangerous, as you’re likely to catch the eye of pickpockets and con men. With the new check-in bag charges by several major airlines, traveling with lots of stuff will cost you more money too.

Steves offers the following basic tips for packing light:

Fit all your belongings into one 9 by 22 by 14-inch bag. He suggests a convertible backpack/suitcase, but any soft-sided bag will do. Pare down your gear to just what you need, not what you think you might need.

Pack your bag only 2/3 full, so that you have room to pack souvenirs. Roll your clothes tightly, and secure them with rubber bands. Pack small versions of basic toiletries in a Ziploc bag – and know that you may have to replace your toothpaste while traveling, and that’s okay.

Bring dark, lightweight clothes that dry quickly and don’t wrinkle easily. Pack fewer clothes, and wash them every few days, freeing up more luggage space.

Steves also suggests you do a dry run with your bag, hauling it around for an hour to see how heavy it really is – you’ll carry your bag a lot more than you think. If you find yourself groaning under the weight, it’s time to get rid of even more stuff.

You can read the rest of Rick Steve's packing tips here:
Last Updated ( Saturday, 28 June 2008 )
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