Learn how to pack your bag the right way, the Zen way. Learn the Zen way of packing light which will help you to enjoy your trip more instead of worrying about your luggage. If you want to learn the method of Zen Packing look no further here is Nomadic China’s Zen Method of Packing Light. Enjoy!
How you pack your bag and what you bring can make a huge difference with how you enjoy your trip. Air travel is also becoming more outrageously expensive every year with airlines adding new charges to bringing luggage making it a little bit harder to bring what you want on your trip. So instead of bringing a huge piece of luggage filled with things you probably wont even use on your trip and then having to pay the extra fees at the airport just to get your luggage on the plane, you can now rest assured. After reading this article and using these tips on how to pack your bag the Zen way, you will be able to enjoy your trip a lot more without the burden of a heavy bag which will also help you get around the pesky extra fees at the airport.
The Zen way of packing for a trip is about keeping things simple and peaceful. You don’t want to bring a massive amount of clothes that you’re not ever going to wear, you don’t want to be burdened with heavy amounts of random stuff weighing you down, and you don’t want to have your bag unorganized and cluttered where you have to take everything out of the bag just to get a T-shirt out. If you have traveled before then sure enough you have probably experienced one of those points so lose the mess and “Be Zen Like, Pack Light.”
“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” ~ Susan Heller
When you’re packing your bag keep in mind these points and the saying “Be Zen Like, Pack Light.”
Some tips to the Zen Way of Packing:
1. Pack Light, try to only bring about a weeks worth of clothing, if your going for a extend amount of time, 3 weeks or longer you can make the choice to bring more, but remember your going to be carrying it for that long. You can always wash your clothes during the trip, and you can buy clothing during your trip. If you pack light this will especially help if you like bringing souvenir’s back. The lighter you pack the more room you will have to bring souvenirs back with you and the lighter the burden will be on your shoulders.
2. A good method to help you pack light and get a visual of what you need and don’t need is to write a packing list. This also helps you make sure you don’t leave anything behind. With creating a packing list you can easily view the amounts of clothing you are bringing and assess whether you really need to bring that large of a variety of clothing.
3. When you first start packing for your trip, make a pile of all of the things you want to bring with you. Then look at the pile and go through every item and ask yourself, “Do I really need this, can I deal without it or get it there.” Try to discard as much as you can to make your luggage lighter.
4. If your like me you enjoy a good book to read when traveling, but this can consume a lot of space in your luggage and can also add unwanted weight. So first be realistic about packing books, look at your whole trip and see how much time you will actually have to sit down and read. Most often then not when traveling people go sightseeing 8 to 10hrs of the day which doesn’t leave too much time to read so don’t bring a whole library with you. If your staying at hostels, most hostels will have a library there of books you can borrow, buy, and if you do bring a book a growing trend is that after you finish your book you can leave it at the hostel or trade the book for another one. Read my Top 10 Books About Travel.
5. Pack travel friendly clothing. Some clothing materials are better than others and are better at being packed so they don’t’ wrinkle. Keep in mind that clothing made out of denim, knit, or gabardine are a lot more travel friendly then compared to clothing made out of silk, cotton, or linen.
6. One way to help you stay organized and uncluttered is to separate the items in your luggage into mesh bags, such as having your shirts in one mesh bag and pants in another. This will help so you don’t have to take out all of the items in your luggage when looking for just one piece of clothing and so that you can put it all back into your bag with out the hassle. Do this with your clothing, electronics, and your medicines & toiletries as well.
7. Check the weather of where you are traveling to before you go so you can plan appropriate clothing and get rid of any weather type clothing you wont need. If your going to the beautiful beaches of Hainan where its nice and warm chances are you wont need a jacket or long heavy pants.
8. One of the main reasons why it’s good to pack light is for the souvenirs. The lighter you pack allows for more room for the souvenir you buy on your trip. Another thing you can do to help with this is to bring an extra bag inside your bag so that way if needed you will have another bag with more space for the things you buy and wish to bring back. Something I use is a REI backpacking duffle bag which I use to put my backpack in while traveling so that the straps don’t get caught on anything going through airports, but this also adds another bag for coming home if I needed it for bringing the stuff I buy.
9. One of the great things some stores like the American Wall-Mart or Target stores have begun doing is selling travel-sized toiletries. Since you won’t be using a whole tube of tooth paste or shampoo on your trip why not go for the smaller items that way you can save space and have a little bit of a lighter bag. Another side to this is after your trip when your getting ready to go home and you need some extra space you can always toss these small items out of the bag to get more room.
10. With the airplane costs of bringing luggage rising more people are using carry on luggage instead of checked luggage to save money instead of paying the extra fee. This has many benefits such as making your time in the airport a lot shorter so you can start your vacation quicker, also making the burden of carrying luggage around on a trip a lot lighter for you so you have more time to enjoy the journey. Depending on the length of your trip try to use a 20-pound carry-on-size bag for your luggage and a backpack for day travel. A bag measured 9” x 22” x 14” should fit in any overhead bin or under your seat on a plane. If your traveling longer than a month like me its harder to fit the clothes you need in a small bag like this, but for any travel less than a month this will prove most helpful for you.
Has lived and traveled in China for the past 5 years which he has become well versed in the Chinese language, history, culture, and much more. When he isn't traveling he is living in Beijing; writing, doing kung fu, studying Chinese, playing guitar, working on his screenplays, having daily adventurers, and much more.
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