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Packing is the least fun part of a vacation; there can be so much unnecessary stress about whether or not you will be able to fit everything you need into a 20kg weight limit. Luckily, there are so many tricks and tips for packing light and Harvey World Travel know them all!

5 Benefits of Packing Light

Here are 5 benefits you will experience when you pack light:

1. You Save Money on Excess Luggage

The last thing you want to do at the start of a long, relaxing vacation is to outlay money for unplanned expenses because your bag is too heavy. Arguably, the biggest benefit that comes with packing light is that it actually saves you money. Packing light vs paying ridiculous airport baggage fees? We know what we would rather do.

2. It’s Easier to Pack

Packing light also saves you a lot of time and additional stress. Having fewer things to pack means that your bag is easier to pack and shouldn’t take longer than half an hour. Put on some music, get in the holiday mood and don’t stress about where everything is going to go.

3. You May Avoid Injury

Lugging a heavy bag around can result in an injury, which is the last thing you want whilst on vacation. Do yourself (and your back) a favour and pack light!

4. It Makes a Multi-Destination Trip So Much Easier

If you are going to multiple destinations during your vacation, spend less time unpacking and repacking your bag and more time taking in the new sights. Multiple outfits may seem like a great idea whilst packing, but you will quickly regret it after you have to repack your bag for the third time in a week.

5. There is More Space for Shopping

If this doesn’t persuade you to pack light, then I don’t know what will! More suitcase space means more space for souvenirs!

5 Tips on How to Pack Light

Here are 5 ways that you can accomplish a lighter suitcase:

1. Use a Smaller Suitcase

This is an easy trick to ensure you stay within the weight limit. Instead of reaching for your heaviest bag, grab the smaller one instead- that way, you aren’t tempted to fill the extra space with things you don’t need.

2. Wear Your Heaviest Shoes

Wearing your heaviest shoes on the plane will save you heaps of space and reduce the weight of your bag. The same goes for heavy items of clothes, such as big jackets (you can always put them in the luggage compartments once you have boarded the plane.

3. Don’t Guess your Bag’s Weight

Invest in a travel scale to pre-determine your bag’s weight before you leave for the airport, that way you won’t be in for any surprises!

4. Use Vacuum Bags

Vacuum bags are a traveller’s best friend! These bags can be bought from most department stores and are a godsend when trying to save space. Obviously, they won’t do much in reducing weight, but they will help you squeeze a bit more into your smaller suitcase.

5. Use a Packing List – Religiously!

This age-old technique is probably one of the most effective methods when trying to pack light. Write out a detailed list before you start packing (give yourself enough time to really think of everything you will need) and then stick to it religiously. If it’s not on the list, it’s not coming!

Book Your Holiday with Harvey World Travel Today

Now that you know the fundamentals on how to pack for your vacations- book your holiday! Call Harvey World Travel today, let us know your dream holiday and we can work together in making it perfect!