4 Benefits of Traveling Light (& How to Make it Happen)

Living tiny has affected how I travel in so many positive ways. This guest post, by Jennifer of A Life Designed, shares not only the benefits but also some practical tips to assist you in your travels.


Packing Light

If your focus is on living a life that matters, you can free up your time and energy by learning how to pack tiny while traveling.

Packing light can help you travel with less stuff so you can enjoy the people you’re with and the places you visit.

I know all too well how not to pack because I’ve been a chronic over-packer my whole life. I used to think that I needed to be prepared for every scenario while traveling, which meant lots of stuff and a big suitcase.

But after a two week trip to Ireland a few years ago, I realized that toting a huge piece of luggage around was not only impractical, it was exhausting!

Bringing so much was a big mistake, and I struggled every time I dragged my enormous suitcase up a flight of stairs or into the trunk of the rental car.

Since then, in my quest to live with less, I’ve pared down my wardrobe significantly and created a capsule wardrobe.

This simple change to my morning routine has taught me that less is more, and this habit has spilled over to how I travel as well.

 

How Traveling Light Can Benefit You

1. Preparing for a trip is easy. When you pack minimally, less time and effort is required to get ready.

 

2. You are free to explore without a lot of stuff holding you down. It’s much easier to navigate trains, rental cars, hotel lobbies, and airports with less.

3. Your mind and body get a vacation from taking care of stuff. We all need things. But having a lot of things drains our energy, time, and money. Taking less when you travel allows you to take a break from taking care of your belongings.

4.You have freedom to focus on where you are and who you’re with. Your memories will be about the experience of traveling and the fun you had, not about how difficult it was to get your stuff to and from the destination.

A Few practical Tips for Tiny Travel
• Bring only the essentials
• Wear items more than once
• Use a basic color palette so pieces are interchangeable
• Take three pairs of shoes (or less)
• Leave jewelry at home
• Use travel size items instead of full size products
• Take one bag (tote or briefcase) as a carry-on to hold personal items and electronics
• Pack a small purse in checked luggage to use at your destination

I’d love to hear about your experiences if you’ve tried traveling tiny! Please share in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

~Jennifer

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