We have not checked a bag in the Americas since we got married. And that was so we had space to bring home 20 pounds of Kona coffee. These days we travel with just a carry-on and day pack.
On that trip through Nicaragua, we were continuously saved by being able to carry everything on our backs. When our flight home was canceled due to mechanical issues, we were among the first in line to be issued a new flight. Considering there were only a few flights daily between the US and Managua, this was a big deal.
Over the years, we’ve continued to reap the benefits of traveling light. Today I am going to share the top 3 benefits. I hope these tips inspire you to lighten your load as you head out to enjoy some magical adventures.
1 – Save Money
It’s obvious that traveling with less will save money on checked bag fees. But there are other reasons to consider a small bag.
You won’t be able to shop for unneeded knick knacks. This will ensure that you aren’t slapped with any overweight baggage fees. In some cities, like Honolulu, taxis charge a bag fee per piece of luggage. Then there are the overzealous bell hops who won’t take no for an answer.
All of these problems disappear if you carry your travel necessities on your back.
2 – Less Stress
Back in my corporate travel days, we had to share hotel rooms. No, I’m not kidding.
If I happened to be shacking up with a stranger, I spent the entire week before praying that she wasn’t a slob. Hotel rooms are small. Less stuff equals less mess and less stress.
The less you pack, the less you have to worry about leaving behind. Organization is key when traveling small. You’ll notice if something is missing. You also have less to worry about the airline losing or damaging.
3 – Maneuverability
Get around with ease. Take the stairs when the escalator is broken. Arrive at your gate faster. Take advantage of a standby flight. Try using public transportation. These little things add up to make a huge difference when you’re on the road.
These are just 3 of ways we have benefited from traveling with less.
If you are a chronic over-packer, I challenge you to give it a shot. If you forget anything or miss your fuzzy slippers, you can purchase a replacement at your destination. You have nothing to lose.
How much luggage do you pack for a week-long trip?
What would you miss most if you used only a carry-on?
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