How to prepare to travel light

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No matter what type of holiday you are taking, deciding what to take with you can be as stressful or as easy as you want it to be. Whether you are going on an overnight stay, a long haul break for a couple of weeks or a backpacking holiday of any duration, packing carefully can save you both money and hassle.

Handheld bags

Many airlines are changing the way they charge for luggage but whoever you choose you can travel light and take only carry-on bags you to save time and money. Making sure you’re not carrying anything you don’t need is at the heart of travelling light, so packing is an important part of the process but you’ll need to hand luggage restrictions to find out what you’re allowed to take into the aircraft cabin and to learn the maximum dimensions for the bag set by your chosen airline.


How you actually pack can make all the difference and there are plenty of tips as to make the most of all the space in your bags. “Fold and roll” is the big one, beloved of seasoned travellers and consequently one of the easiest to put into operation. Simply fold heavy items as alternating layers so all the bulges even out into a smooth pile. Then roll smaller items such as underwear and socks so that they fit into all the gaps.


Another important consideration to make when packing light is the need for gadgets and electronics. These are a mainstay of the holiday suitcase in the modern world but you need to consider how you’ll use them whilst away and that means packing suitable chargers and a plug adapter for the country you’re visiting.

You may also want to consider things like internet access. Many of today’s gadgets are designed with the internet in mind and that means online connectivity is a key feature. Always consider what options are available abroad to ensure you can use your gadgets in the way you desire and evaluate whether any of your own internet connections will still work overseas – such as mobile broadband or data allowances on your smartphone.

You can search for suitable broadband products at home by visiting pages such as and they may be able to help you find out more about internet connections overseas.

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