Packing for a trip and hoping for a light weight

@maximax8 (27045)
September 8, 2012 10:56am CST
When I visited Riga in Latvia I was allowed to take one piece of luggage weighing up 15kg. That was for me and my disabled son's things as well. It was very challenging to pack knowing I would have to keep to such a low weight. I had to pay extra for the airline to take my disabled son's lightweight travel cot. They put that under as infant equipment. We could take the buggy for free. I think a backpack weighs less than a suitcase. I think my essentials on a trip are clothing, toiletries, diapers plus catheters for my disabled son, my travel guide book and vegan snacks. I like to have a money belt that is hidden under my clothes. In it I have money, tickets, passports, bank cards and travel insurance details. I like to take my e book reader instead of loads of books. Have you ever tried to pack light weight? What would your essentials be in your packing? Which sort of baggage do you have and why?
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@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
You are right there that instead of using luggage, backpacks are lighter. Furthermore, bring only the necessary things needed for the entire trip. If possible, bring light-weight clothes. Toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste etc should be avoided since you can have them once you reached your destination. This are the usual things we did when preparing for a trip.
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
With a backpack shoes and clothes can be packed at the bottom and any other things taken can go at the middle and top. Often a backpack has two side pockets in their small clothing can go like socks for example. On a train a backpack is excellent because it can fit so easily on board. With a backpack the hands can be kept free for showing passport and tickets. I like to have the 50ml bottles of shampoo, conditioner, contact lenses comfort solution and toothpaste. This is shown to security at the airport. Yes, bigger bottles of shampoo and so on are easy to buy in the destination.
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
Yes, having backpacks during travel is much better than having luggages. Just like what you said your hands are free to move and do somethings. But just beware of pickpocketers. LOL.
• India
9 Sep 12
Hi friend, good to hear about your traveling experience, i am interested in reducing unwanted things while traveling and prefer to take light weighted bags for my journey, i will take my lap top and cell phone wherever i go, apart from them i will take my dresses and important things for the journey
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
Hi my friend. It is lovely you take your laptop and cell phone with you on your trips. Sometimes I have to buy the electric plug in the country I am traveling to. I have a European mainland plug and a rest of the world one. I needed something different for Argentina. Luckily I bought the electric plug in a shop near where I was staying. I put it on my British plug and it worked in Argentina. My camera and laptop need to be recharged by electricity.
@airasheila (5460)
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
a pleasant day maximax8, with reference to your topic, i think that matter is somehow usual especially if you travel a lot. that you are always looking forward to have a light weight baggage whenever you are doing a travel. with me here, i always wish that i can just have a light luggage everytime i do my travel so that it will be easy for me to carry my things.
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
Yes, when you have light weight luggage traveling is easier and more enjoyable. On my last trip the sun was very strong and I wished to wear long sleeved blouses. You see the sun cream wasn't enough to ward off sunburn. I bought a long sleeved blouse in Chile and my dear friend gave me one too. I was so very grateful. On my trip in 2011 instead of underwear I wish I had taken bikinis. That would have been lovely for all the beaches in Colombia in the hot weather. I think a holdall bag is useful for hand luggage if it is small enough to be permitted.
@allknowing (60287)
• India
9 Sep 12
Rather than respond to this topic I would rather take a 'Q' from you on how to pack light. This list is so complete and indeed light!I will bookmark this for future reference.
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
Good luck next time you pack for a trip. Thanks for the compliment.
@TeamCholent (2843)
• United States
9 Sep 12
Weight is always a concern of mine when we fly as the last thing you need before a flight is to get slapped with a crazy bill of an extra $100 for the suitcase. When we fly we try and take only the essentials we will need and often we land up buying a few goodies wherever we fly to. Now weight is no longer an issue as my spouse is an upgraded member on 3 major airlines so we get an extra bag wherever we fly(not to mention lounge access as well). With regards to a book can you not bring that as hand luggage as it does add a lot od extra weight you could avoid.
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
On my trip around the world each leg of my journey had a 20kg baggage allowance. So I packed all the heavy stuff in my hand bag. I put on my bulky clothes so they didn't take up space in my luggage. I had a pair of light sandals in my baggage. I am glad your spouse is an upgraded member of three major airlines so you can both take extra luggage. Yes, taking only the essential is a great idea.
@jenny1015 (13391)
• Philippines
9 Sep 12
I have never travelled with only just s single luggage. i always pack in extra clothes just in case and that goes too with food. aside from the chrcked in luggage a have a big bag that i tag along. it gets even bigger when i travel with my kids. o just need to have those snacks and their extra clothes as well.
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
Packing extra clothes is a very good idea especially when traveling with kids. Children clothes are small and don't take up very much space I am glad to say. Yes, kids like their own snacks for the journey.
8 Sep 12
Hi, Our family often flies with cheep airlines like Ryanair, so we're quite used to packing light weight (10kg). I think a quite useful tip is not to pack any heavy cosmetics, like shampoos and shower gels. These tend to weigh a lot and it's much easier to buy these at your destination than to pack them. I also tend to pack things I'm planing on getting rid of (e.g. clothes and shoes). I can leave this stuff behind and might even have some space left for souvenirs on the way back. Taking your e book reader instead of books is also a great idea. It helps save both space and luggage weight. You might also like to put heavy clothing (like boots or jackets) on you for the flight, so you don't have to pack them. I rarely pack food - this I buy at my destination. Light snacks are OK, but drinks and heavier foods I try to avoid. Usually I use a suitcase, though it's true a backpack might be lighter. I'd probably use a backpack if I had a suitable one :). The type of luggage probably also depends on the type of trip. Backpacks are great for tourists (especially when visiting the country rather than the town), while suitcases are better when packing fragile items or elegant clothing that you don't want to crumple :). Also, a backpack might be more convenient for you, because pushing the buggy and pulling the suitcase simultaneously might cause some problem. :D
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
Hi there and thanks for your wonderful response. I can see your family often fly with low cost airline Ryan Air. Yes, shampoos and conditioners can be bought in the destination. I like to take a liquids bag with 50ml bottle of shampoo, conditioner, contact lenses conformer and toothpaste. I have to take my disabled son's medical supplies. They are not available anywhere in the world so they are essential in my luggage. On the Internet I saw a jacket with pockets in it for packing. Then the traveler could put clothing and so on in the pockets. I also like to leave room for souvenirs bought in the destinations.
@marguicha (88099)
• Chile
8 Sep 12
Hi Maxine, Ever since I had my back surgery, I know I can only take one suitcase with me, and as light as possible. I think very hard and learn about the climate of the place where I´m going and I will not do any modeling fro anyone, so it´s just the minimum. I cannot use a backpack, but I have a very good suitcase with good wheels. That is enough for me. I even place my camera inside that suitcase. The only thing I carry with me are my documents, and some extra clothes should I need to change in the middle of the trip.
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
Hi my dear friend Marguicha. It is great you have a suitcase with wheels and pack just the minimum in it. Yes, it is a good idea for you to have some extra clothes with you and not in the suitcase. I keep my camera in my handbag because it is quite small.
@joliefille (3697)
• Philippines
8 Sep 12
I try my best to pack light but 15kg is not my definition of packing light. I have to at least upgrade it to 20kg or 25kg just to be sure. The baggage allowance here for the local airlines is just 15kg and for me it isn't enough but I don't mind paying a little for it to be upgraded to 5kg or 10kg more. I learned to roll my clothes inside the luggage instead of folding them as per an advice of a friend I stayed with before I first travelled out of the country in 2007. I have never forgotten that valuable advice ever since. But I have never thought of bringing an ebook reader in lieu of bulky paperback/hardbound book. Will keep that in mind next time.
@maximax8 (27045)
9 Sep 12
Thanks for your wonderful response. It is a good idea you pay a little more to upgrade your luggage allowance to 20 or 25kg. I think rolling your clothes when packing is very sensible. I hope you try taking an e book reader on your next trip.
@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
11 Sep 12
I always try to travel light. I travel with a backpack and a small bag where I keep my passport, tickets, cash, credit cards and my camera. If I am going to travel by plane I also keep a couple of books in the small bag, because I use that bag as my handluggage. Before I travel I buy some cheap paperbacks in a second hand shop ($1 or less) and when I have read them I give them away to other travellers to simply leave them. I also bring some second hand magazines and I don't keep those magazines either. When I return to my home I fill my backpack with souvenirs and presents instead of the books and the magazines.
• United States
9 Sep 12
Yes, I have because when I am going to certain places, it is really hard to take a lot of thing with me. I have packed light on several trips because I know that when I go to other places, I am going to buy things there, and I am going to come home with a lot of souvenirs. I will have my purse with me, and I will have my necessities with me, and clothes, but other than that, I don't have much.