I learned light travel from lightweight backpacking. The last time my wife and I went to Ecuador, I had 10 pounds of luggage, all in one carry-on bag, and Ana had 8 pounds in her carry-on bag. We spent six weeks in Ecuador, at times on glacier-covered mountains, and at other times lounging on Pacific coast beaches, and had everything we needed.
Everything is simpler when you travel light. With just carry-on luggage, we were on our way to a restaurant in Quito, while others waited for their checked luggage. On busses our luggage was safely with us, not on the roof or in the hold below being cut open, like one time when I was in Mexico. While others struggled with three heavy bags, we had our hands free and were walking comfortably because we use daypacks or small backpacks. We had less to lose, less to be stolen, less to wait for, less to pack and unpack in hotels, and less to worry about.
Just wondering if anyone else here has traveled really light.
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
I normally do. My standard bag is a 30l backpack, and i swear by it. Occassionally (when i need to carry a laptop as well), i carry a second of 15 or 20l size.
Unfortunately, this trip i made a conscious decision to take more stuff as i'm also moving house, so have a 45l and a 15l daypack. Waaay too much and i'm hating it. It hasn't helped that my original bag died before i left, and the replacement (35l) died after 2 weeks. Now i have this horrible 45l i can't wait to chuck away which i bought out of desperation and hate to the core. It gets the same in due to its shape than the 35, and is a horrible toploader. In addition, my 15l daypack was a gift from work, and whilst it's comfortable to wear, it's the wrong shape and huge it has a air-mesh back and stiff frame, meaning that it's twice the size of a normal 15l, (despite only holding 15l) and so not easy to but beneath seats etc.
As soon as i possibly can, i dump both.
But to go back top your original question, yes i travel light and swear by it! ((and i don't fly, so checking in/carry on doesn't affect me))
Sorry, meant to say - my normal sack (the now sadly dead - i think there are trhreads about it on here lamenting it's passing) was only ever half to 2/3 full anyway, so there was always room to pick up more stuff if needed and food etc
I am with Gelli on this....you never need as much as you think you do...and you can always pick something up if you need it. And if you tend to amass stuff along the way....you can always mail it back home, or to a friends house until you return.
I just returned from a trip a few weeks ago. It'd been awhile since my last true backpacking trip, and it was obvious. Somethings I packed I did really well with, and others...well...not so much. This is definately an area for improvement.
When I travel for the week or long weekends (unlike most women I know) I do fine with a small duffel. It's great at the airport, taxis and buses, etc. Any suggestions for pre-packing mindset the next time I take off for more than a couple of weeks?