5 Smart Hacks for Travelling With a Single Backpack
You probably all know the old saying to always travel light. There are many benefits to travelling light, not just the comfort of it. It makes you more agile, gives you freedom, helps you move faster in a new place, and you can go further. Imagine touring around a foreign country with nothing but just one backpack. You’ll get to know your luggage, you’ll find out what you really need to take with you. Travelling light also helps you appreciate the small things in life.
However, travelling with just one backpack takes time and effort to master. Don't get frustrated at the beginning if you're not able to travel with one backpack, just keep trying, and it will get easier.
To help you on your journey, we’ve put together a few tips to get you there.
- Choose the Right Backpack
This is where it all starts. You need to choose the right backpack to carry everything you need while travelling. It’s not easy to make a choice because the market is flooded with different types and brands of backpacks. You can go with just a simple laptop backpack or maybe something with comfortable straps and more compartments.
The first thing you need to do is consider what you will be doing with your backpack. If you’re travelling to a developing country, you will likely be using your backpack every day, so you need something that is durable, practical and easy to use. If you’re visiting a developed country or don’t plan to be out very often, you can probably get away with a less durable, lighter backpack.
The aim is to pick a backpack that will help you travel light but still have everything you need. You need to work out what you can leave behind and what is essential to you.
- Bring Lightweight, Multipurpose Clothing
The more you bring, the heavier your backpack is going to be. You want to pack light, but it is still important to be safe. Consider lightweight, multipurpose clothing made of breathable fabric such as lycra, polypropylene and wool. When choosing clothing, consider packing only one version of any given item. You don’t need to bring one pair of trousers and a pair of shorts. Choose trousers that can be used as shorts and vice versa. In addition, make sure you have a couple of quick-drying underwear. It’s comfortable, lightweight and dries super fast.
- Buy Things as You Go
Instead of bringing everything with you, buy things as you go. It’s a common mistake to bring everything, thinking you will use them all. You don’t need four different types of shampoo or lotions. You can buy what you need when you get there. It’s cheaper, and you won’t have to carry all the weight.
- Always Bring Tape and Plastic Bags
You can use tape and plastic bags for a variety of things. Tape can be used to hold things together, seal items or wrap around things like clothes to keep them from breaking. Plastic bags are convenient to use for any kind of rubbish or things you don’t want to have contact with. It’s a good idea to have a couple of plastic bags.
- Organise Your Backpack
The more organised your backpack, the easier it will be to find things. It’s a good idea to create a system that helps you find everything easily. If you’re great at creating systems and filing things, you can use that. However, if you’re not a fan of it, you can always use a small backpack wallet to help you stay organised.
Travelling light can be very rewarding. It’s also more affordable and eco-friendly. However, it will take time and effort to master. Make sure you choose the right backpack that will help you travel light. Your goal is not to leave everything behind, but only those things you will not use.
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