How Packing Light Can Improve Your Travel Experience

We’ve all been there. You’re just about to close your suitcase when a sliver of doubt creeps into your mind. You a yourself - is this thing even going to close?
Packing is a very stressful and tedious undertaking for many people. They’re so worried about forgetting something that they end up doing the exact opposite - packing too much. 
While this might seem harmless, it can actually take away from your overall experience and restrict the memories you’re able to create. 
Whether you’re looking to limit the number of bags to check at the airport or reduce the weight of your pack for a lengthy hike, this article explores how packing light can help you stay present and enjoy your vacation more.  

How Packing Light Can Improve Your Travel Experience

Courtney Carver - a photographer, writer, and author of Soulful Simplicity - was once quoted saying:

“Living with less comes with massive freedom.”

These wise words are extremely helpful when packing your bags for travel. In fact, if we paraphrase this quote to make it relevant to our situation, it would say:

“Traveling with less comes with massive freedom.”

And it’s true - if you only pack the true essentials for your vacation, you’ll be able to stop worrying about the things cluttering your mind and start focusing on new experiences and making memories. 

But how do you eliminate the unnecessary?

It all starts by asking yourself two simple questions about each item before you put it in your bag.

  • What’s the worst thing that could happen if I don’t pack this item? 
  • Will this item truly improve my experience on this vacation or will it be a distraction? 

Let’s take a closer look at each of these questions and how you can use them to help pack light for travel.

  1. What’s the worst thing that could happen if I don’t pack this item?

One of the main reasons people overpack is they create a list of “what if” scenarios.

What if my phone charger breaks? I should pack a backup.

What if I end up going to a formal restaurant? I should pack casual shoes and dress shoes.

What if I spill something on my shirt? I should pack a few extras.

When you start getting bogged down by these “what if” situations, you end up packing for a list of hypothetical scenarios that will probably never happen. 

To avoid this, ask yourself what’s the worst thing that could happen if you don’t pack an item. For example, if you don’t pack a spare phone charger and yours breaks, what would you do?

Well, you could ask to borrow one from a friend or family member. Or, perhaps, a fellow traveler in a coffee shop. 

The point is, in most cases, the worst thing that could happen isn’t actually that bad. And if it’s not that bad, don’t pack it!

  1. Will this item truly improve my experience on this vacation or will it be a distraction?

If the item distracts you from experiencing all that your destination has to offer, leave it at home. For example, some people know if they bring their laptop with them on vacation, they won’t be able to take their eyes off it. 

They’ll be checking emails, browsing social media, and doing several other things that they could have done at home.

Vacations are supposed to provide a break from the mundane, an escape from the ordinary. 

If you bring distractions with you, you won’t be able to truly appreciate all the new sights, tastes, cultures, and people on your vacation. 

Pack Light With A Pair Of UIN Shoes

UIN isn’t your typical footwear company. We specialize in creating artistic footwear for travelers. 

As a travel shoe brand, we’re all for packing light on vacation. Our shoes feature a lightweight, flexible design perfect for both casual, formal, and active excursions, so you only need to pack one pair!

You can check out UIN’s entire selection of travel footwear here