5 Photos That Will Convince You to Pack Light

4 May

From travelshackblog.com

 1. Baggage Fees: 

They are out there; almost everywhere.  Fees are steeper and more strict for international flights.  They go by the number of bags and/or their weight.  Size matters here.  Multiple flights can equal multiple fees.  Plain & simple, over-packing will cost you!  Consult your airlines & be prepared.

 

2. For Your Own Safety: 

When you are this bogged down with luggage you’ll not only be exhausted from lugging them around, but will stick out like a sore thumb.  You’ve probably heard how thieves look for tourists.  If your bags are being dragged behind you, and both hands are full, you become an EASY TARGET.

 

 

  3. Stairs: 

Don’t assume the same conveniences when arriving at a foreign airport or train station.  Elevators, escalators, or even hallways as wide as what you consider normal, may not exist.  You may very well have to navigate steep stairs, turnstiles, crowded pathways, and cobblestone streets that lack a sidewalk.  Did I mention you may end up exhausted?

 

 

 

 

4. It Just Won’t All Fit:  

The key to efficient packing is not getting it all in, but convincing yourself to leave things out.  Face reality; you are not traveling to Mars. Most of what you think you need will be available at your destination. For each item you pack, ask yourself if it is worth going through what’s mentioned above.

 

 

5. Blending In: 

This is one aspect of the culture you don’t have to totally immerse yourself in!  Other than where this pic was taken, being overloaded won’t help you intermingle with the locals.

When it comes to packing, think of George Clooney’s character in, Up in the Air versus Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation. “Pack light,” is the most common advice given to travelers.  It is also the most often ignored.  Happy travels!

Bonus Photo:  An Alternative to Packing!

“Look at me, I’m Chandler! Could I BE wearing any more clothes?” 

              ~ Joey from Friends

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