It’s easy to get carried away with excitement as you plan your next big trip away. You find yourself obsessed with travel items and gadgets to fill the huge shiny new backpack you’ve just bought. But do you really need them?
“overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes” according to www.onebag.com – a great site for anyone looking to travel light.
The benefits of traveling with few items and a small backpack is often overlooked, especially by the first time travelers. It is an important issue that can have a massive impact on your trip.
Here are our 5 reasons backpackers should travel light:
Traveling with a small and light backpack enables you to run for buses, trains, trams and planes without feeling like you’ll collapse will exhaustion in the process.
Traveling light gives you more flexibility as you can often carry your backpack on board transport without having to place it in the luggage compartment. You can hop on the back of motorbikes without falling off or walk rather than having to catch a cab.
If you’ve only got one bag to look after you can keep an eye on it more easily. Having less items in your backpack (especially expensive ones) means that you can relax and not be stressed about your precious belongings either being stolen, lost or damaged.
4. It saves time
You’ll find that you can pack your backpack extremely fast (and probably with your eyes closed), it isn’t a hassle to unpack, repack and move on. If your backpack is small and you have packed light, you are much more likely to know where anything is without spending time digging around in an 80 litre monster of a pack.
One of the major pluses of taking a small backpack that is packed light with no expensive or precious items is that you don’t have to worry about it. If it gets stolen you won’t care that much, after all you were only carrying clothes and basic items that you can buy again on the road. You don’t have to stress about where to safely store it. If you feel like heading else where on a whim you will have a quick, hassle free packing job and you’ll be on your way. Overall it gives you a sense of freedom and in the back of your mind you know you don’t have to lug around a huge backpack, wasting time, energy and stressing you out.
Have you had any travel experiences traveling light? Let us know in the comments below.