The Benefits of Traveling Light

The Benefits of Traveling Light

Many people fly to faraway places and pack everything except the kitchen sink (and sometimes that too). Today, Dave shares the benefits of traveling light.

The Benefits of Traveling Light with a Carry On Bag

By: Dave Chenel, December 12, 2013

If you’ve been thinking about changing your packing habits and going carry on only for your next trip, here’s some reasons why you should.

Why You Should Travel With Just a Carry On Bag

When I first decided to travel carry on only for my trips, I had no idea how much I would love it. After traveling several times with just a carry on bag, there’s no way I could ever go back to lugging around a large suitcase. Here are some reasons why you should try it out.

After years of lugging around heavy bags and checking them at the airport, I decided to try something new. I made a commitment to myself that I would only travel with a carry on bag. I have been flying all over the world for the past 3 years and my carry on bag has become my home away from home.

The benefits of traveling light are enormous. You save money, you save time, your clothes stay cleaner and you get through the airport faster. In fact, when I was in India last month, everyone I saw was dragging around huge suitcases because they couldn’t understand how I could possibly be traveling for two months with just a small carry on bag.

You will be amazed how much you can fit into your carry on bag. Last year I visited 6 countries in Europe and lived out of my carry on bag for 3 months. Then this year I traveled to Argentina and Chile for two months and lived out of just a small backpack the whole time. Now that is minimalist packing at its finest!

Trip planning is much easier when you only have a carry on bag. You don’t have to pack weeks in advance because it takes no time at all to pack all your belongings into your carry on bag before heading to the airport

Imagine arriving at the airport and checking in. You walk past the long line of people waiting to check their bags and head straight to your gate. You feel no stress as you stroll through security, knowing that you have everything you need right there with you.

When it comes time to board, you walk right on the plane and find a space for your single bag. No one is fighting over overhead compartments and your bag fits just fine under the seat in front of you.

When you arrive at your destination, you walk off the plane and grab your bag from under the seat in front of you. You know exactly where it is. When it comes time to leave, you simply repeat the steps above. If only this were possible for every trip!

I am here to tell you that it can be! This is how I travel for both work and pleasure and I would never consider traveling any other way. The benefits are simply too great!

Traveling can be exhausting. And when you are tired, it is easy to lose your luggage or have it stolen. This has happened to me more than once and I have learned my lesson. I used to always travel with a large bag, but now I travel with only a carry on size bag because of the convenience.

The first benefit is that you can move very quickly through airports and train stations because you don’t need to wait for luggage at the end of your trip. Most airlines will let you check your carry on bag for free. And if you want to speed through security, many airlines offer expedited screening options for a fee that allows you to skip long lines at the airport.

Have you ever carried a 50 pound bag through the airport? It’s terrible. You can get injured, your hands and shoulders start to hurt, and when you finally get to your gate you are out of breath. The worst part about it is that most of the weight is unnecessary. Do you need those 20 shirts? Would 5 be enough? What about that pile of shoes? You could easily pack 2 pairs instead of 6.

I used to travel with a huge suitcase filled with everything I thought I needed while away from home. Once I started traveling with just a small carryon bag I realized how little I really needed to bring on a trip.

In my experience, the less I bring with me on a trip, the better the trip is. Not having to lug around a heavy suitcase makes traveling much easier. Plus, if it gets lost or stolen then it’s not a huge deal because there isn’t much in the bag. Also, when bringing less on your trip you will find yourself shopping more for items so you can have more things to do when not traveling which is fun for me anyway.

If you think about it, before you leave for your trip most of what you pack stays unused in your suitcase anyway. In fact every time I go on a

At Luggage Sale, we’re firm believers that the less you travel with, the more you get out of your trip. As Mark Twain once said: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

When you free yourself from the burden of lugging around a large suitcase, you free yourself to explore your destination like a local. You can go down narrow alleyways or hike a mountain without having to worry about how you’ll carry your luggage.

It may seem daunting at first to limit yourself to just a carry on bag. We’ve put together this guide for you on what to pack for a weekend trip. By following these tips and suggestions, you’ll soon be an expert at packing light and will find yourself looking forward to traveling even more.

Luggage is the last thing you think of when packing for a trip. You spend weeks deciding what to wear, planning your itinerary and booking your plane tickets. Finally, you lay out everything on your bed and start to pack. The problem is, everything doesn’t fit into your suitcase. You open another suitcase, but that one won’t close either. You end up going on your trip with two huge suitcases and still not enough room for everything you want to take with you.

It may seem like a good idea to bring as much as possible on a trip, but it’s actually better to travel light. Here are some reasons why:

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