Packing Tips for Excursions Near and Far

| May 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
packing Packing Tips for Excursions Near and Far

Packing sensibly can make for a more comfortable and trouble-free journey.

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There is a well-known quote by author Susan Heller that goes, “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” As an experienced world traveler, I consider this good advice, as packing sensibly can make for a more comfortable and trouble-free journey.

One common mistake of travel is over packing for short trips.  For excursions of a week or less, a few days’ worth of clothing should be enough to get you through. Therefore, when packing, consider these three things:

  • The weather
  • Your daily activities
  • Your evening engagements

For instance, let’s say you’re taking a one-week trip to Sydney. If your plan is for a leisurely tour of the sights on Sydney harbour, then you’ll need one pair of jeans, some t-shirts, and two sets of evening wear. You should also bring your swimsuit and a comfortable pair of shorts. You can easily manage to fit this into a 30 kilo backpack.

On the other hand, if you’ll be attending the best restaurants in Sydney, you’ll want to dress to impress. The trick for business trips is knowing how to mix and match. Pack two pairs of pants, two neutral-coloured shirts, two suit jackets, and five ties. This will give you plenty of options, and keep your luggage light.

As far as hygiene goes, leave the aroma soaps at home. The basic necessities are your toothbrush, deodorant, a razor, and a bar of soap. Anything else can be purchased once you arrive at your destination. Furthermore, you can save a good amount of space by packing travel samples. Carry little tubes of toothpastes and small bottles of perfume. These should be enough to last a week, or two at best.

On longer trips you’ll have to pack for every type of weather, but the goal remains the same, which is not to overdo it. Remember, it is easier to do a laundry than to bear a heavy load. As you prepare for your journey, consider the airport security checks, customs clearances, and long walks to hotels. One piece of luggage will keep you moving swiftly on your feet; anything more than two bags will most definitely be a drag.

For your leisure time, consider taking an E-reader or an I-pod. These gadgets will condense your music, books and magazines. Many of these gadgets also have an internet browser, so you can check your mail and surf the web at coffee shops and hotspots.

As for your important items (such as your passport and your cash), you should have a place to keep them safe, and where you won’t forget them. Keep these in a pouch that you can carry at all times, or safely in the front pocket of the pants you wear.

The key to easy travel is to simplify your needs. Therefore, the next time you pack, forget the extra pair of shoes, the facial masks and creams. You may just find that life is better when you simplify.

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Bradley Fink is a travel writer and enthusiast based out of Manchester, United Kingdom.

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