Traveling Light

I guess you could say that I know a thing or two about traveling. I’ve been learning the ropes ever since I was a teenager and now I’d like to share some of my secrets with you. Hopefully these hints will help you to not only save money, but also to save time and headaches associated with meandering about the planet.

  1. The first and most obvious point is to not pack more than you’ll need. We often pack several pairs of shoes and too many shoes and shirts for the occasion in which we have planned. Remember that most of the people you se on your vacation will never see you again. Those that will certainly don’t care that you wore the same shirt out tow different nights to dinner. Or maybe you have pretentious friends and they will give you a hard time. So what? You saved yourself 20 pounds and the extra luggage fee by not packing too many shirts or shoes.


  1. Choose clothing that is labeled as travel or that is marketed as light. These types of shirts and pants or shorts can usually be found inside of your local outdoor retailer’s shop. Brand names like Columbia, Patagonia, Kavu, Prana, Kelty, North Face, Arc’Teryx and Marmot often manufacture clothing that is specifically built for traveling.


Lightweight items that are considered “packable” are often times constructed of lightweight materials that fold down very small and don’t wrinkle. Nylon and polyester are two common materials that are both light in weight as well as packable and compressible.


  1. You also want to pack clothing that is versatile. A shirt that you can wear while traveling as well as out to dinner the following evening. You want clothing that insulates well without the bulkiness of a gigantic winter coat. New lines of polyester clothing provide a great warmth to weight ratio that will also insulate when wet. They are moisture wicking and the choice of seasoned outdoor athletes across the globe. I’ve always used these types of pieces for my traveling adventures and they’ve never let me down. Sure you’re going to pay a little more for this kind of clothing, but the benefits will far outweigh the money you spent buying them.


These types of clothing and clothing manufactures have stood the test of time. Generous warranties are all a part of most of these name brands. They are built tough for the outdoors and with the proper care, should last two or three decades of hard use.


Saving a buck or two on clothing will probably cost you a whole lot more in the long run when it comes to saving on travel expenses and hassles. Think about how much lighter your suitcase is going to be. Think about how much less bulky your bags when you pack them with these types of materials.


Don’t scrimp or cheap out with cut rate travel clotting made at Wal-Mart. They won’t last the rigors of traveling and they certainly won’t save you any money at the check in desk before your trip. Buy a few articles a time as your budget can handle it and save yourself a lifetime of headaches and over weight luggage fees at the airport terminal.