Packing – does this word make you shudder in worry, or are you more of a shrug it off and throw in a pair of shorts kind of guy?
Most of the time, any article you read is totally based on packing from a girl’s perspective, but guys need to pack too!
Despite all this, with the increasing cost of flying these days, it’s always worthwhile looking to cut down on costs, and a good way to do that is to avoid having to book hold luggage onto your flight booking. I’ve noticed that booking a suitcase tends to drive up the cost of the flight dramatically, so if you don’t need it, don’t take it!
There are many airlines that allow you a decent amount of hand luggage, and it’s simply a case of deciding what you really need, and cutting out the other stuff that just adds bulk and unnecessary weight.
So, considering you’re only taking carry on luggage, come on guys, what do you need?
This totally depends on where you’re going and how long for, but as a general guide and rule, here’s a few suggestions.
Lightweight bag or trolley – First things first, you need something light and functioning to put the whole shebang in. A large rucksack would do the trick, or one of those World’s Lightest pull along cabin cases too. You basically need something large, but obviously not outside the airline’s size rules, and which isn’t too heavy to begin with.
Technology and chargers – Are you taking a laptop? If so, check whether your airline allows this as a separate piece of hand luggage. Some do, some don’t. If not, then prepare for a bit of weight being taken up with this alone. For the rest of the technological side of things – iPad, phone, earphones, Kindle, camera, and never ever forget chargers! Obviously you will also need plug adapters depending on where you’re going in the world.
Footwear – Bit of advice here, wear your heaviest item of footwear, be it trainers or heavy sandals. I always think for any trip, a good quality pair of guys leather sandals will go a long way, and aren’t going to fall apart anytime soon. You also need a pair of flip flops for beach/pool days, and these are lightweight enough.
Clothing – Again, totally depends on where you’re going, but if you’re taking a jacket then I’d suggest wearing it to travel in, even if you hold it, because then you don’t have to add it to your carry on weight. Think functional and things you can wear more than once, in neutral colours. I always think black, white and navy are colours you can’t go wrong with, and throw in a pair of swim shorts and you’re pretty much sorted. A few shirts, wear your jeans to travel in, linen trousers for evening, one pair of shorts. No problems.
Underwear – Don’t forget your underwear!
This might all sound like a lot, but once you actually get it all out and weigh it, you’d be surprised how much you can fit into a standard 5kg, or even 10kg if you’re lucky. Obviously, toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant etc, are what take up a lot of weight, so I’d suggest just buying them at the airport after security, and then they don’t count towards your weight allowance.