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What kind of traveller are you?
Depends on the setting: will you be travelling in a cruise, from port to port? Are you hopping from plane to plane, following a digital nomad lifestyle ? Will you be having a road trip or hitchhike?
The thing is: remember the 1940’s films, where characters get aboard a DC-10 with an army of porters to lug their many bulky suitcases? You might have now noticed that is now left in the past. Every airline will charge from a reasonable fee up to an arm and a leg for each kilogram of luggage you add in, depending on volume, weight and the destination.
Therefore, be smart – pack light. It’s a good idea to pack a single, semi-soft bag whose combined dimensions don’t exceed 152.4 cm (60 in). That’s the maximum size most airlines allow for carry-ons.
Make a list – and always double-check.
That would seem rather obvious but many people do seem to oversee this point. A good approach, in general, is to have multiple lists, depending on the purpose of your trip: one for two-day business trips, another one for week-long holidays and so on. This will help reduce your stress and will help you keep a method and enforcing it.
Surprise destination: no worries – just pick one of pre-defined lists and assemble everything. No need to waste decision power making hard choices. You’ve done that work already.
Also, review them often: experience will tell which items belong in the list and which don’t.
Always remember the golden rule: double the money you think you’ll need and half the stuff you pack.
The truth is: you don’t need all that stuff you’re bringing!
Usually, most of your bag is clothing, hygiene/toilette items and medicine. However, most of the places where you’ll be heading already provide most of the amenities you’ll need. There’s a prêt-a-porter (Zara, Springfield, H&M) now in every major city.
Travel writer Rick Steves limits himself to one extra pair of pants, four shirts, several days’ worth of underwear and socks, a sweater, and either a light jacket or a warmer coat if the weather’s chilly at his destination. Even with extra items, such as his laptop, camera and toiletries included, his baggage won’t exceed a meager 9 kg. (source: Steves)
Check the destination weather, beforehand.
Again, don’t try to anticipate every possible situation. Choose light clothing, invest in basics. You can dress just fine with basics. Don’t try to bring lots of things, only to regret it later, when you acknowledge you’ve used the same 5-6 pieces all the time. Also, try to follow the rule “one in, one out”. If you buy some piece to replace another, don’t keep both, in general. Donate it or just discard it, if too damaged.
Going to a chilly destination – wear multiple layers, which will trap air and conserve heat. Get a lightweight pair of long underwear made of silk or synthetic material. Worn under your clothes, they’ll keep you as warm as a heavy overcoat would.
Add a lightweight sweater for insulation and a thin jacket or coat as an outer shell to keep out the rain, sleet or snow.
Going to a warmer destination – remove layers accordingly.
Take some minutes to wash your clothes
If you can spare 10 minutes at the end of the day, you can reduce the number of items in your bag, by just washing your underwear, socks, shirt or trousers in your hotel room, while you shower or at a local laundry. Again, you can be fine and dandy just with basics and some comfortable black trail-running sneakers. Also, don’t forget to pack a pair of flip-flops.
Don’t try to self-medicate.
Get an international insurance to help you cope with possible health hazards you find on your way. Depending on the zone of the world where you are, it might be even more effective to just hop on a plane and find a quality private practice elsewhere. So, don’t pack medicine for every possible situation. Get some pain-killers, some aspirin and that’s pretty much it.
Get a comfortable bag
Chances are, you’ll be spending a lot of time carrying around your bag. Get one that features some nice shoulder pads and about 35-60 liters. Make sure you get a rain cover if you go to some tropical destination during monsoon times, for instance.
Get a lot of ziplocks! These are a godsend, really. Pack everything into these bags and you’ll see how well organized your things will be. Group related items, such as hygiene, laptop/phone cables and chargers, banking cards and money, medicine, etc. All in all, over time, you might start to feel like you can survive with very few items. Now you’ll make the most of the available space in your bag and profit even more!
Check the maximum number of products allowed in the border.
Do your due diligence, find out what can go through borders and how much of each product you can take. Remember always to do this check ahead of time so you can rest easy and have a great time on Hand2Hand. Here’s a good tool for you to check if/how much duty taxes you might need to take into account – www.dutycalculator.com.
Not concerned with space
If you’re taking a cruise, you can relax a bit on the previous recommendations. Take a trolley bag and you’re done. Almost every cruise journey features, at least, 5-6 stopovers. Set your stopovers beforehand on the Travels screen (and corresponding dates) and get a listing of items requested for each port. The earlier you do this, the more likely you are to get a lot of results. Also, you can just snap a photo of interesting things you find along the way and post a sale offer.
If you’re travelling by road, then you’re in luck. Likely, you don’t have so much space constraints and you’ll be able to carry products a bit heavier. Hand2Hand works great from one region to another, inside countries. Be sure to insert your travel on the Travels screen of Hand2Hand app some time ahead and get your feet on the road!