How to Travel Light and Still Have Room for More

Traveling light is an art, and the more you visit the world, the better you get at it! I remember one of my first camping trips where I took one t-shirt per day for the whole 10 days — rookie! Now I’m in Bangkok, and I’m going to spend six months in SE Asia. I brought around 7.5kg (including my laptop) and I already know I took too much!

I have to say, when I see those poor travelers carrying massive backpacks, sweating like pigs, I smirk a bit, especially when I sense their jealousy. As I easily negotiate the streets, staircases and buses, they suffer like everything is a chore.

It takes a long time to master the perfect packing list — mine is still not great, but I’m getting there. Each person has their own preferences, but once you understand the main concepts, it doesn’t really matter what you take — you’re going to be fine.

So how can you do it?

1. Matching Clothes

If I close my eyes and pick two items from inside my backpack, I’m 100% sure they’ll match each other. There is no guessing or wasting time checking if that shirt goes with those shorts — you won’t need a vast selection of clothes.

Latin America For Less
Latin America For Less

Also, you have to take into consideration how long you’re staying in each location. If every three or four days you’re visiting a new place, then you won’t have to worry about repeating an outfit as you’ll constantly be meeting new people.