Are you a light traveler?

@larish (2193)
Philippines
April 5, 2009 1:08am CST
I have 2 friends who bring more than 2 bags for a 3 days vacation and usually check there bag in. These friends tend to bring more things than they can use in three days & their reason - they cant choose which one to bring & to help them with their predicament they just bring all the stuff and will just choose once they are in our destination. While other friends preferred traveling lightly, that is limiting their bags into 1. I am a light traveler, I can put all my things into one bag especially if its only a 3 days vacation. It all save me money by not checking my bag in. "Different strokes, for different folks", It's really nice to hear what other people has to say on this.
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@kaka135 (14104)
• Malaysia
5 Apr 09
As compare to your friends, I think I'm considered as light traveler. I usually pack what is necessary in the few day traveling only, as I do not like to carry too much stuffs with me, it's kinda burden to carry too much, so I always try to keep my luggage as smaller as I can. Also, I may need to buy some souvenirs, so it's always better to carry less luggage, as there will be more when we come back.
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@larish (2193)
• Philippines
5 Apr 09
I agree with you that it is really a burden to carry so much stuff :) Thanks for posting.
@Canellita (12052)
• United States
6 Apr 09
This past weekend I had a full schedule that required me having a change of clothes with me. I left home in a pair of black slacks that could go through all of the places I needed to be and took two extra shirts and underwear. Traveling light is the only way to go.
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@KrauseHome (36730)
• United States
6 Apr 09
My husband and I if it is only a 3 day vacation somewhere will just bring enough clothes for the 3 days, plus one good set of Dress clothes usually, so it might be one suitcase for the both of us, and then sometimes we have brang an extra bag just for the Souveniers as well. Why would you bring 2 big suitcases for only 3 days away is beyond me unless you have kids.
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@austere (2814)
• Philippines
6 Apr 09
it actually depends. but usually, i only make sure i bring what i need in my travel. i hate carrying big bags for nothing. for a two day vacation, i only bring one medium size bag for it. make sure that i have just enough clothes to wear and my toiletries. i also try to get the travel size for it, like travel size toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo..that way i save space in my bag.
• Philippines
6 Apr 09
ummmm.... actually , no. I always bring a lot of things whenever I travel.
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• Philippines
6 Apr 09
compared to your friends I'm a light traveler but not too light with one bag but heavy enough for me to carry.
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@Ithink (10614)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I have only been on one trip so far although we are going on another one this month. For my hubby and me, for a 5 day trip we took 2 suitcases, his and mine and they were relatively small compared to some I have seen! I packed the essentials and that is what we took other then a bag of snacks as we were in a vehicle to get to our destination! lol I think less is best, not so much to go thru at the hotel or maybe lose or forget!
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• United States
5 Apr 09
I consider myself a pretty light traveler, I have taken trips to Japan and the Philippines with everything I needed in one bag. I usually don't check my bags either because I am a standby traveler using airline benefits so it would be very easy to lose my bags somewhere. I went to Osaka Japan for 3 days and carried everything in one backpack on board the aircraft. Its a matter of knowing what you need and what you can get while you are there. Soap, toothpaste, and sometimes even a spare t-shirt or socks can be found pretty cheap just about everywhere.
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@ryzach (1546)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I used to be a light traveler only bringing what I need for the short trip but somewhere along the way about 4 years ago I started bringing more and more. and it is usually more than I need. Most times I can get what I need into one bag for check in and in one carry on. I usually fly on Southwest and they do not charge for first bag. In fact I think you can still check in 2 bags on Southwest w/o a charge.
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@kissieme (777)
• Philippines
5 Apr 09
Hi larish, I think I am in between lol... I can't really have everything in one bag when I go on a vacation even if it's only three days... I bring necessary things like antiseptic, traveler's pack TPs, etc and lotion, etc. I even bring a thick book when I go travelling because I love reading. I also bring my laptop with me when I do so hahaha... But I can say I don't bring too many clothes and shoes eeek! so I think I'm an average traveler
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@bubbletush (1333)
• Philippines
5 Apr 09
I used to travel heavy. Bringing more stuff that I will ever need. But then as I have traveled more and more, I began learning how to travel light. I have learned how to maximize the space of my luggage, and bring just enough clothes for the trip.
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@uicbear (1902)
• United States
5 Apr 09
When I was young, I was a very light traveler. I could figure out exactly what I needed to bring for my length of stay and that would be exactly what i brought. I never thought about, "well, what if we do this...or that....". And what's interesting is, I was never caught not having something to wear. Now, I am still usually able to limit myself to one big bag and a carryon, but that one bag is full to the brim. I am getting better, as now the place I travel most often has a laundry unit in the room, I can throw some things in the wash. Plus, in my defense we usually go on trips for 7 or more days when we do go.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
5 Apr 09
I am a very light traveler because I hate taking too much with me and need to carry so much. It gets really frustrating to pack up now that I have three children and need to pack stuff for them as well. If I am only going for a few days then I would likely only pack a school bag size bag for myself and each child would get there school to put stuff in. When we have gone camping I packed the whole car up tight with food and items needed for a week which was hard cause I have a tiny sunfire. Then we I get home I start the laundry and unpacking right away so that everything is back to normal.
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
5 Apr 09
I have gone for a one week holiday in the US with nothing more than a carry on bag, but I usually take a carry on bag which has my laptop, camera, money, travel food and anything else that I'm likely to need on the journey. Everything else goes into one suitcase and I never travel with more than one suitcase - it makes it so much easier not to have to much luggage and I do try to travel as lightly as possible.
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@maximax8 (30105)
• United Kingdom
5 Apr 09
I try to travel lightly so that my backpack is easier to carry. Some things are essential so I take lightweight versions of them. In my handbag I pack my camera and my sunglasses. In the bottom of my backpack I put my small amount of my clothes. In the middle part of my backpack I take my camping plate and cutlery, snacks, travel towel, travel washing line, travel wash, shampoo and conditioner combined, deodorant, contact lenses, small mirror and my lady shaver. In the top of my backpack I pack my travel guide book. When I fly I pack a small holdall that I carry as hand luggage. It has my transparent liquids bag in it to show to airport security and snacks to eat whilst I am waiting for the plane. Those were necessary last time I flew out from my home country the plane was delayed for five hours.
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@ryzach (1546)
• United States
25 Apr 09
I used to be a very light traveler, if it was a short trip. 3-4 days, then I would bring a carry on. Now I bring one checked in bag and small carry for the same number of days. It is packed full. Guess I just need more the older I get and less decisive as well. My friends who use to bring 2 bags now have reduced to one especially with the baggage charge now.
@larish (2193)
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
I agree with you that we can really save a little by not checking in too much baggage. Thanks
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
23 Apr 09
I think I can say I'm a moderate traveler. I only bring the things that I need for the trip and I usually just bring a few extras like an extra shirt or an extra pair of underwear just for contingency. It really is a burden to bring lots of things that you won't normally need and it will also be a toll for your excess luggage.
@larish (2193)
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
You are absolutely correct. Thanks
• United States
8 Apr 09
Every time I took a tour overseas I took a suitcase. When I went overseas with just my family or with friends I only took a carry-on bag. I figure those people don't know me and are unlikely to see me again, so what do I care what they think. Traveling is so much more enjoyable when you're not constricted by your clothes.
• Netherlands
7 Apr 09
I have to confess that I am not a light traveler but that is not because I can't decide what I want to wear but it is because it is always my luck that every time I get somewhere the temperature and weather changes dramatically and I don't want to burn up nor freeze and if it starts to rain I don't want to be wearing something that I will get soaked in nor ruin. I also have to have clean clothes each day, I can not imagine myself wearing the same clothes 2 days in a row, I would be so uncomfortable that it would ruin my mini-vacation. Also for me it doesn't matter what size of luggage I have I would most probably have to check it in anyway because I always have my maximum hand luggage allowed on a plane by the time I carry on all of the medicine cabinet that I need and camera. So I think since I have to check my luggage in anyway why not bring what I want? But after saying this, I do not want you to think I would bring 3 or 4 large bags, I would probably bring only one big bag which is still more than many people do!
@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
7 Apr 09
Well first things first. Don't Forget Your Towel. After that, what does a person really need anyways? I carry one bag, and I can usually leave that bag in the hotel room/tent/car and take my towel with me to the beach or where-ever. I forget who bought me my towel, but it does a fancy trick. IN the top or maybe it is the bottom, right hand, or is it the left. Anyways the top right hand corner, half ways across, and about 1/3 of the way down, is sewed on a pocket, with a draw string, so I can just flip it into the pocket, add a few odds and ends and away I go for the day. Very convenient! And my bag is one of those suit bags that has the hanger slot, and shoe slot, and folds over in the middle, if it don't fit I don't take it. If I am going to be doing hiking I may also bring a fanny back, with the water bottle pockets and what not. But I would have to know, and even still that wraps around my waist, and my carry bag or towel over my shoulder and off I go, any where I like for as long as I like.