7 things to definitely NOT pack when you go travelling

Posted on Wed November 18, 2015.

The last thing you want to be doing when you’re travelling is dragging an oversized and heavy suitcase behind you – a suitcase full of things you don’t even need especially. To narrow down your packing, here are the things to definitely NOT pack when you go travelling...

The last thing you want to be doing when you’re travelling is dragging an oversized and heavy suitcase behind you – a suitcase full of things you don’t even need especially. To narrow down your packing, here are the things to definitely NOT pack when you go travelling...

Toiletries

Filling your bag with enough shampoo, conditioner, shower gel (and whatever else is included in your daily shower routine) to last you your entire trip is going to be heavy and pointless. Remember they will sell those things wherever you are going so save yourself lugging lots of heavy bottles around and reduce the risk of a ‘MAJOR SHAMPOO EXPLOSION’ (quote credit to Ross, Friends).

Hair and beauty products

Similar to shower products, attempting to fit in your entire make-up and hair care bottles is most likely unrealistic. If you actually can somehow squeeze that all in amongst your essentials, it’s just more pointless weight that you don’t need or want. Your heat-resistant hairspray is not necessary – in fact, the straighteners you use it for, aren’t necessary.  Embrace the beach babe hair and fresh face, ladies! Not only will it lighten up your bags, but will do your hair some good too.

Too many clothes

You’ve got to be practical when it comes to packing clothes for your trip away, whether it’s six weeks or six months. Limit yourself and don’t allow yourself to pack items that ‘might be useful’. For example, stick to one jacket – not a heavy one though. If you feel like you’re cold whilst you’re away, layer up! Layering is essential to keeping your packing light, so step away from the bulky jackets and jumpers!

Towels

Another bulky item that you want to avoid packing is a towel. Whilst you may consider it an essential, it might not be. In fact, most accommodations you’ll find will provide you with a towel on arrival - just double check before you leave. If not, opt for a travel or a microfibre towel; this will take up a lot less space in your bag than the fluffy Egyptian Cotton one that your mum bought you.

Valuables

When you’re travelling or backpacking, no matter where you are, it’s not the best time to sport your Rolex or inherited pearl necklace. You don’t want to risk losing or damaging these kinds of things, do you? It’s best to keep things with sentimental or money value at home – it’s not worth the risk!

Heavy reading

You will have a lot of time where picking up a book and reading is the perfect solution to pass time; however, no matter how long you’ve wanted to read Tolstoy’s War and Peace, travelling is not the time for it. Stick to light reads and books that you don’t care too much about so that you can leave them if you need to reduce your baggage.

Guidebooks

In the run up to going away, you’ve probably gained a serious amount of guidebooks for the places you’re going to. No matter how many you bought for yourself, and how many you got from your friends and family, remember to limit yourself to just one of them for your trip. Whilst guidebooks are great for the planning process, they’re not the most practical of things when it comes to their size and weight.