Deborah Jacobs at Forbes Magazine has a great article today on how to travel lighter.
The two I follow religiously:
The one I need to learn to do:
3. Bring ample footwear. Shoes are the non-negotiable essentials, and take up the most room in your suitcase. So without going overboard, figure out what’s appropriate for the activities you have planned.
(I brought three pairs of shoes on my 7-hour trip to Pensacola. I need a shoe-tervention)
There’s plenty of reasons for traveling lightly.
It is much easier to get around with light luggage for starters. But traveling light can also help you on low-cost airlines. Even having a bulky carry-on can hit you with fees on Spirit.
But the huge thing I value is flexibility. I had three flights in the last week and I had the ability to move-up to an earlier flight last second. Except I had checked luggage.
I am so used to packing just a carry-on and hopping from flight to flight that I never knew how much I valued being able to change flights last second until I couldn’t.
Sure, I could get there sooner, but I’d be waiting a while for my checked bag to show up on my original flight. And I’d rather hang out in the lounge than in baggage claim! 😉
What about you? What tips do you have for packing lightly? OR, do you refuse to pack lightly and what’s your kryptonite? (Do you also take twelve pairs of shoes on a weekend trip? 😀 )