Seven top tips for single bag travelling

Jenai Laignel ( 21 July 2016 )

Packing light can seem like a hard task, but by following these simple tips you may never need to wait patiently by the luggage carousel again.

1. Be ruthless

Single bag travel will never happen unless you are prepared to embrace essentialism.

Resist the temptation to pack for every weather condition, and look at a detailed weather forecast to work out exactly what you need.

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2. Choose a bag sensibly

Take some time to shop around, ensuring your bag fits within the measurements, can be safely stowed and is easy to carry and is durable.

Outside pockets on a bag are always handy to keep a passport, boarding pass and other quick-grab items.

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3. Roll… don’t fold!

As any seasoned traveller will tell you, rolling your clothes as opposed to folding them takes up far less room in your suitcase.

It also has the added bonus of fewer wrinkles – which means you can also ditch the travel iron!

4. Wear as much as possible

Don't forget, what you travel in will be part of your wardrobe. Wear the heaviest or bulkiest items for travelling and choose such items strategically.

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5. Think Miniature

Invest in mini bottles of toiletries. If you can't find what you need, decant into small, clear bottles – readily available in most pharmacies or online.

6. Invest in an e-reader

Books are incredibly bulky and heavy. Invest in an e-reader or tablet and download your favourite holiday reads and travel guides directly to it.

7. And when you return…

Don't forget, you have to pack to return home, too. If you can't resist the temptation to pick up any souvenirs while away, make sure they will fit into your bag.

If you simply can't help yourself, consider shipping a package home before your return flight.

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