Can you please give me some tips on traveling light?
I am traveling to India next week and do not want to take too much with me. However every time I go to India I seem to pack way too much and my suitcase/carry on are too heavy. This time, I am only going for about 10-11 days. I am not taking my laptop because I will not need it while I am there. I normally take clothes and gifts for people. What do you think I should do to reduce the weight of my suitcase?
Sounds like a very interesting trip. I would say this: buy most everything except vital items when you arrive. Don't spend a lot of $$ on clothes. Yes, gifts are great but perhaps you could rethink the gift idea and make it when you arrive at your destination. OR, what about photo gifts for some?
Take a carry on bag and one suitcase. Try to vacuum pack your clothes so they loose weight. It leaves more room for gifts and trinkets purchased when traveling. Focus on only what you need to take, not what you want to take.
Instead of a suitcase try a hiking pack. Much easier to get around with and if you pack light enough, you can take it on the plane with you and avoid any fees. If you can't fit it all into one pack (to build off of what lburmaster said) take a backpack and a hiking pack. Check the hiking pack and use the backpack as a carry on. When getting around you can have the hiking pack on your back and the backpack in the front.
Lay out all the items you intend to bring and reduec this by 1/3. The next day, take a look at the items again and remove another 1/3. By doing this, it pushes you to think carefully on what you really need to bring along.
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