This might come as a shocking surprise to some, but I have made a promise to myself that traveling light is key. I will never, ever carry luggage again that I have to lug and pick up at the airport. I carry just a backpack and yes it is the same one that I use for school, although I will admit it’s slightly bigger than a normal pack. There’s no point to me in carrying a bunch of unnecessary items and lugging them around the country (I learned this in Greece when I had a suitcase, didn’t need half the clothes I brought and had to lug a giant suitcase up and down bumpy hillside roads for three weeks straight).
How many people overpack?
I always hear my friends complain that not only do they pack way too much stuff but they also don’t even wear half the stuff they bring!! Shocker! (But it’s all about the options…) In my life, I hate options. I like straightforward choices. Having too many options is not always a good thing. And not when you have to lug around those options with you.
I’ve made a personal promise to myself that I will never overpack and so far I have been able to keep that promise to myself. I went to Poland for two weeks, with just my schoolbag. In the middle of winter. February 2017. Freezing. Winter jacket, sweaters and all. But I brought one winter jacket, I brought a bunch of stockings- yes, thick stockings because wearing a sweater dress that was a one-piece was much easier than packing bulky jeans and I made an effort to not bring a ton of makeup, jewelry. Just the essentials: mascara, lip gloss, eyeliner.
I went to England in June 2017, again with just my backpack. This time it was June so it was a lot lighter wear but still prepared for some chillness and breeze. Again, England and all. So I brought leggings, jean shorts and a bunch of casual dressy tops that could be mismatched and I was able to bring sun dresses instead, which made a world of difference.
Even when I went to North Carolina in January of that year for my birthday, just for a weekend, I still brought a backpack because I knew that I would be going out at night and wanted options.
Packing light isn’t easy because we always feel the need that we are going to need more stuff, that we might not have that perfect blouse, even though so many people bring half their wardrobe with them. I’ve had friends sleepover for a night and bring a duffle bag. Craziness!! Meanwhile I basically bring a string gym bag and call it a night. But hey, that’s just me.
Packing lighter and less is sufficient because you are able to take back a bunch of goodies and souvenirs for your friends back home. It’s less weight for you to deal with and it makes it so much more durable to travel with if you’re on buses, cabs, Ubers, and trains!