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7 pro-tips for travelling light

Less is more when it comes to packing for a weekend getaway.

Pack it or leave it? - it’s the eternal traveller’s question. The answer is simple – pack the minimum, but that’s easier said than done. The beauty of going away is the endless possibilities that open up. It’s almost impossible not to try to plan for then all. But, the permutations can be endless for just a single weekend away. And that all adds up to a suitcase that simply will not shut.

Do not despair. There is hope. Here are 7 top tips for packing light, so you won’t need a Sherpa for your next weekend getaway.

Try to leave your laptop, and your stress behind.

Limit your luggage

For a weekend away one carry-on bag is more than enough. Unless you’re Elton John, checking in a hold bag for a weekend getaway is just excessive. However, it is a good idea to throw in an empty bag for your dirty laundry for the return journey.

Don’t worry about weight.

Unless you’re bringing a huge suitcase to the gate, chances are no-one will check. Like quantum physics, the rules change once you start talking about smaller sizes. If you simply must weigh your bag in advance, step onto a bathroom scale carrying the bag and then weigh yourself again, without it. Then, just do the math.

Accessorize! Accessorize!

Get more mileage out that t-shirt and jeans by dressing them up or down with the right accessories. Silk scarf, statement necklace, and Bobbi Brown Crushed lipstick for women. A lightweight scarf and baseball cap for men. Sunglasses for everyone. Or use the time at Duty Free to upgrade your accessories and save yourself a little more suitcase space.

Digital detox.

This is a weekend getaway, not work. Leave the laptop (and stress behind).

Layer up.

Wear all your heaviest items, like boots and coats on the plane. That way you’ll be air-con ready, while saving sacred carry-on space at the same time.

Pack for your destination

Do your due diligence. In other words, at a minimum, check the local weather or any dress codes your trip might require. Are you going to a royal wedding or Burning Man? You get the picture.

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