By Rev. Ray Cross
Travelling light, preferably with carry on luggage only, may contribute significantly to an enjoyable, productive, hastle-free travel experience. The fact that your luggage is not entrusted to others reduces the possibility of misrouting, theft or luggage damage or tampering. You won’t have to wrestle with or pay porters, and there will be no shipping charges. Take public transport rather than taxis or limos, saving money and enabling more intimate contact with places and people. Greater flexibility is an added bonus – trains or buses are a cinch. If the hotel where you are dropped doesn’t please you, just walk to the next without encumbrance. When faced with delays or missed connections all options are open. You can switch to earlier fights or sell your ticket when flights are overbooked.
Traveling this way requires careful planning.
· A flexible backpack works best. It be easily stuffed into available stowing places, or into the size requirement frames.
· Choosing clothing on the basis of coordination and crushableness is important as well, so that it can be used for all of the variety of social situations you will face, and look appropriate to them as well. Roll your garments to keep them from wrinkling, rather than laying them flat.
· Pack breakable items in the centre of your pack, stuffed with and wrapped in articles of clothing.
· Use crushable clothing to shim pillows to your liking, rather than taking a pillow with you. A little extra to slant the pillow to support the crock of your neck works well
· Fluids will need to be packed in small bottles stored in plastic bags, so toiletries must be chose wisely.
· A packing list will be essential so that you can pack with greatest consistently and with greatest efficiency.
· By keeping it simple, on the basis of that well designed list, you reduce the panic of concern you might have forgotten something.