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.
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.