The first golden rule for an independent budget traveler to listen is very simple: travel light. Its importance can not be stressed enough, but often this adage is only lack of experience. It often seems that the best time to pack for a trip is received immediately after the lessons on the previous one, if you know the items were essential and those which were quite meaningless.
When packing, make your first consideration the climate of your destination and focus on packing practicality and weight. In general, the less-developed your destination, the more you will move, the more important it is. Conversely, the more developed your destination and the less you move around, especially if you have your own transport, the less important it is. Anyway, get into the habit of wearing only what you need and no more.
So what are the reasons why we have to travel light? If they can all be captured in a single word, it would be good ‘mobility’. A smaller package makes you less cumbersome. You look less like a tourist and get less unwanted attention. It will be the use of transportation, such as motorcycles, rickshaws and overcrowded buses much easier. Often you are on a bus with you instead of bouncing around on the roof or in the luggage underneath.
A light pack enables you to quickly free to run for longer distances and when you need to get away from touts or unwanted locals. It can sometimes eliminate the need to take a taxi. If there are no lockers, it also makes a visit to an optional destination on the go much easier. Even if lockers are available, sometimes a big pack are hard to fit in, which means you have to separate some items and pay for a second.
Even for someone who is in good physical condition, wearing a heavy backpack can be tiring, especially when it’s hot. It can contribute to fatigue and a less enjoyable trip travel. The balance between the convenience and comfort of these additional items and having to actually usually wear just not worth it. Keep in mind that you usually get heavier backpack with souvenirs and gifts as your journey progresses. That’s an even stronger reason to begin your travel as light as possible.
Another great incentive is that many airlines now offer cheaper rates to no checked baggage. If you feel a shorter trip or otherwise, you can only carry-over benefit from this. Travelers who can adjust their backpack in the overhead locker of an aircraft or neat to transport by a bus are probably the most free and happy. Although they offer options for clothing and other miscellaneous items, their reward is an enviable sense of freedom and agility.
While this option may be a bit extreme and probably for most, there is certainly every reason to your pack light. Everyone is different and presents its own list of “essential elements” through recommendations and often deeper by experience. They say that the best time to pack for your next trip immediately after you finished the last. It makes sense because you remember that if something falls into the “I may need” category then you leave it at home, because in all likelihood, you probably will not.