August 23 2012 by Bryson Forbes
There is a litany of information out there about all the things you should consider packing for your next trip or vacation. In fact, I've even written a few blogs on the topic myself. Today however I wanted to talk about all those things you can stop packing. There are many benefits to packing more efficiently including saving money with reduced weight on checked baggage fees, more flexibility and mobility and ultimately a more enjoyable trip.
Let's look at some things you can take out of your next pack.
Towels - although not that heavy (unless they are wet) let's face it towels are bulky. Unless you are camping or back packing try to avoid packing them. If you absolutely have to look into a microfiber, quick drying, compact version, they will cost you anywhere from ten to thirty dollars but may save you packing an extra bag!
Excessive toiletries - ask yourself if you really need to bring all your make-up, shaving cream, conditioners, etc... my experience is all I need are the basics; deodorant, toothpaste and contact lenses solution. I have also become a big fan of small compact travel versions. With my contact lenses solution as an example, I have a great small container that I fill up again and again.
Excessive Clothes - probably the biggest culprit of the "over-pack" is bringing clothes and shoes for every possible vacation experience. For me shoes is a big problem, my new rule is to try to pack versatile shoes that I can wear for multiple scenarios and never more than three pairs per trip. Another thought, if you can do laundry, it can make your trip a lot better by planning to do a quick load or two half way through the trip.
Computer - this is the most dramatic change I have made lately. I was always dragging my 17" laptop with me everywhere I went. Buying a tablet last year has changed my travel life for the better. I have cut lots of weight and given up very little functionality. I can watch movies, blog and surf the net and best of all if I don't use it that much it doesn't phase me because it's so portable I barely notice I have it.
Good luck with the packing purge. Remember on most trips if you forget something that later realize you really need, you can always pick it up in destination.
Let me know something you are going remove from your usual packing list.