If you are a frequent traveller then I’m certain you have experienced a situation once in a while where you carry something and not once do you use it in your trip, and its even worse if the item is heavy, a total waste of space in your suit case.

It can be really tricky when you are choosing what to carry and what to leave behind. But it’s not impossible, below I prepared a small list of items that are definitely not a carry on necessity and will probably help you reduce a few kilos from your suitcase and save you from the extra weight charges.  Here we go!

Soap and shampoos

Unless you are travelling to the wilderness with no access to civilization you do not need to carry  a soap bar or a big bottle of shampoo. Even if you wont be staying in a hotel, fat chance is there will be numerous retail stores where you can get a bar of soap or a bottle of shampoo for a very cheap price. And of course you will be saving yourself from unnecessary accidents, the last thing you want in your trip is a suitcase drooling with shampoo.


Multiple pairs of shoes

Honestly this is one of my biggest struggles, I dont know when to stop packing for shoes, even if its a short trip. But recently I adopted a simple hack. Carry one casual pair, a pair of slippers or sandals, and if you will be attending a fancy occasion then carry one formal pair of shoes. You do not need more than 3 pairs of shoes, especially if you will be travelling for just a few days or a week. I love sandals because they can be worn both casually and indoors.



Too many books

The readers out there know exactly what I’m talking about. It can be very tricky to just carry one book especially if you are travelling for vacation. But you need to be realistic here. Based on my experience I will carry two or three books and end up reading just one, or in some incidences I found better books in the hotel lounge and end up reading them instead of the books I carried. Save yourself from the strain by carrying just one or two books utmost.


Too many electronics and gadgets.

I can’t relate to this but I know some of you will. Carrying more electronics on a trip simply means more charging equipment. Depending on where I’m travelling I normally just leave my laptop at home. I know that is a big ”N-O” for some of you who need your laptop no matter where you go, and its okay. What you can do is try limiting how much electronics you carry because fat chance is you wont use that hair straightener or hair dryer. You also might not need a portable clothing iron if you iron your clothes before your trip, and you may obviously not get a chance nor time to plug in your play station,so really think about what you need and what you don’t.


Too many pairs of clothes

Sometimes its good to carry an extra pair of t-shirt or jeans, but some people over do it. You ever see those memes of people packing an oversized suitcase for a day trip? I’ve met similar people in real life. The best thing is to count the days of your trip based on the number of your outfits and carry one or two extra outfits. You will save yourself from unnecessary loads of useless clothes.


Feel free to apply these suggestions for your next journey, I personally have benefited greatly by making changes on my packing habits, I hope this will make a difference to you as well. Do you have anymore travelling tips? Please leave a comment below.

If you are planning for a trip soon please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to help. Take care and safe travels!


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