When you're traveling, you should feel free.
I'll never forget my trip to spain four years ago.
I'd brought this massive 27" Samsonite roller (this is pre-my enlightened travel light mentality!). I figured most of it was a bus trip, so I wouldn't have to carry my bag.
Well, I was wrong.
The narrow streets of Barcelona necessitated that the bus drop us off at the bottom of a hill for one of our hotel stays.
It was a steep hill, covered in cobblestones, and I .. wearing flip flops and dragging this 40kg bag was screwed.
Somehow, I made it up the hill but was sweating and almost fell over three or four times.
I cursed myself for not packing lighter!
Since then, I consider myself a bit of a star when it comes to packing.
Hundreds of thousands of miles of air travel later, I've come to realize that there are definitely some things you DO NOT need to pack when traveling. Most likely, ever. Here's my list.
1. A Blowdryer
This particularly holds true for business travel, where most likely, if you're staying at a 2* or above hotel, there is a blowdryer in your room. Sure, it's not the Chi Pro dryer but it will do. If I had to choose, I'd much rather bring a mini straightener or curling iron than blowdryer. Think about it.
If there is no blow dryer where you are staying, then maybe you don't really need one? Or if traveling with a friend you can share a blowdryer. Blowdryers take up SO much space and add weight! Leave out if possible.
2. Shampoo & Conditioner
For similar reasons to the above, most hotels and hostels have shampoo and conditioner in their showers and it's replenished daily. If you're going carry-on only, shampoo & conditioner take up valuable space in your 1L bag. If you're checking a bag, these suckers are most likely to explode IN your bag.
Leave out if possible. Lush has options for solid shampoo and conditioner that I took to Bali and work very well.
Sure, we all love having our comfy, cozy slippers to walk around the hotel, house or space we're staying in (also sometimes the floors are questionable!). Alas, again, slippers take up an extremely large amount of space. If you hate walking around floors with bare feet, wear those flip flops you brought or bring a thick pair of socks to wear around instead.
4. A Towel
Towels are also space hogs. If you're driving to a cottage for a weekend, sure bring a towel. But if you're heading to a resort, it is likely they will have towels, for free. Or you can buy a large towel for a couple of bucks. If you really want you're own towel. Pack a compact, super absorbent one.
5. Body Moisturizer
We all love soft and moisturized skin! However, these containers often take up a lot of space. Try out one of Lush's moisturizing bars which are solid so they don't take up space in your 1L bag, and they are much more compact.
What's the ONE thing that you NEVER pack (and NEVER miss)? Put it in the comments below!
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