Budget Travel: Learning To Vacation With One Bag


Travelling on a budget means cutting costs in every way possible. Now that many airlines are choosing to charge a per bag fee for the luggage you travel with (whether you check it on or carry it one), you should be looking into ways you can trim down on your packing. Here is a budget travel guide to travelling with one bag:

Plan ahead

Before you pack, take ample time to check the weather reports and plan your itinerary. That way, you can go through your travel plans, with the weather in mind, and determine exactly what type of clothing you will need to pack in your baggage. This leaves very little room to over-pack on a “what if?” basis.

Bring the basics

If you are concerned with dressing well on your vacation, then it may be tempting to pack a variety of your most fashionable clothing pieces. However, if you are trying to pack lightly, then you should consider bringing some classic staples that you can mix and match to create different outfits, as opposed to bringing an array of matched outfits. For example, a pair of jeans, a t-shirt, a blazer, a skirt, and pair of khakis can be combined in countless ways to create a virtual wardrobe of looks out of only five pieces.

Travel size

When it comes to bathroom accoutrements, you can save a lot of space by purchasing travel sized products. Consider travel sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving gel, and more when packing for your one-bag trip.

Consider hotel freebies

No matter where you plan on staying, it is highly likely that your accommodations will provide a good number of your travel necessities for free–from hair care products to coffee to an iron. This means that you don’t have to pack them, and you can save that space (and money) when travelling.

Look into laundry

If you plan on vacationing for a while and care about packing lightly, then you should look into your laundry options while travelling. That way you can pack as few clothes as possible and just wash and dry them while you are away. Many hotels offer a laundry service for a fee, or provide on-site Laundromats for their patrons. If your accommodations don’t offer a laundry solution, look for a near-by Laundromat.

As you can see, there are some very basic steps you can take to pack as little as possible the next time you travel. Want to fit everything into just one bag? These suggestions can help you do just that.

About the Author: Ailene Boyken loves to travel and encourages anyone who wants to learn to travel on a budget to start now. You can save money, see the world, and experience new cultures for very little if you plan carefully!