A Simple Guide to Traveling Lightly with Just One Backpack

Travelling light and efficiently with just a single backpack takes practice. Overpacking may be a difficult challenge for even the most experienced travellers. 

When you have heavy bags, it's hard to take public transportation, annoying to drag them around town, and airlines will charge you more. With so much weight, you're less inclined to go off the main road, and it's more challenging to locate your belongings when and where you need them.

Consider the following rules if you want to travel lighter and pack less.

  • Avoid Folding Clothes – Roll Them!

  • Roll your clothes instead of folding or balling them before putting them in your bag. This may save a surprising amount of space.

    In addition, using this method, you may more easily sift through your backpack's contents without having to take everything out.

  • Carry Only Essential Toiletries 

  • It is a good idea to carry toiletries you cannot get at your destination. You may save a lot of room in your luggage if you purchase toiletries at your destination.

    Primarily, hotels supply the required amenities for their guests—the usual suspects: shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, etc. Toothpaste, razors, and toothbrushes are all commonly accessible in most public restrooms. Purchasing toiletries while on the road is a breeze, and it's usually cheaper than buying them at home.

  • Wear Your Jacket and Jeans If You Want More Room

  • When you're on the road, wear the heaviest, bulkiest clothes you have. If you're exploring and plan to be out on the town, you will want to wear these anyway. 

    You can wear these garments and save valuable space. You may use the jacket as a belt or around the pack straps if it's too warm for a jacket.

  • Prioritise the Essentials

  • Finally, put the most critical items in your bag first. Socks, tee shirts, and other essentials should be packed ahead of time. 

    As a result, even if you're running low on space when packing, you won't have to go through your suitcase searching for the goods you've forgotten.

    Depending on where you're staying, you may not need this. This is a godsend for those who like to stay in hostels. It may serve as a beach towel even if you're heading to a warmer climate.

  • Remember to Wear Dark Coloured Clothes

  • You should think about more than just the material of your clothes; you should also consider the colour and style.

    Stains won't appear as well on darker clothes, and it's simpler to match with whatever shoes or trousers you bring. Dark t-shirts can be dressed up for a formal dinner or down for a more casual outing, depending on how you style them.

  • Pack Light Garments

  • Look at your clothing's fibres! Only bring garments that can be folded up and thrown into your bag if you're travelling light.

    If you have to wash while on your vacation, you'll appreciate how much lighter and more space-efficient it will be if you pack in this style.

  • Never Pack More Than Two Pairs of Shoes

  • Bring just two pairs of shoes, and never more than two pairs of shoes. If you're heading out for a casual supper, you'll need a pair of shoes that you can wear for both.

    If you can, pack a second pair of shoes to wear to more formal occasions, such as meals at a more upscale restaurant. A pair of lightweight flip-flops are the only exception to this rule.

  • Remember the 7-Day Rule!

  • Don't bring something that you won't be able to wear more than once or that won't dry quickly enough to wear overnight. You might not be able to wash your shirt or pants every day, but you'll want them to be dry by the next morning.

    Don't forget to bring the proper undergarments for your climate. If you don't, you'll have to get an extra pair of jeans.


    As you travel more, you realise you don't need to pack as much as you formerly did. Eventually, you'll learn that the less you pack, the more you can enjoy your holiday.

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