Two newspapers recently published articles about packing light.
The first, titled “Travel light and elude fees with a well-packed carry-on,” is a standalone list-based article by Chantal Lamers that ran today (July 22, 2008) in the The Orange County Register. The article is based on an interview Chantal had with me, and should serve as a nice list of tips as you learn how to pack lightly.
The second is a more comprehensive set of articles under the banner, “The Art of Traveling Light,” which published this past Sunday in the San Francisco Chronicle. Staff writer John Flinn has put together a number of short, helpful articles, including:
- “Minimalist traveling a matter of mind-set and tactics” – provides a list of tips that should be helpful to everyone, but particularly men.
- “Packing light: Assembling the essential wardrobe” – more tips, separated into sections like “footwear” and “pants.”
- “Packing Light: Gizmos and gadgets for travelers” – covers electronics as well as things like drain plugs.
- “One woman’s key to smart packing” – staff writer Margo Pfeiff takes the helm for this particular article to provide a woman’s perspective. Some good quick tips here.
- “Traveling light means doing your own laundry – is a very practical and helpful article on how to do your laundry by hand in your hotel bathroom sink, especially if you’re a guy, since that’s not something guys generally do. Raise your hand if you’re a guy and you hand wash your fine washables in Woolite at home. Anyone? Bueller? [By the way, doing your laundry is one of the biggest keys to traveling light!]
- “What to expect with airline carryon fees” – may become outdated the fastest out of all of these articles, but it’s probably the most helpful. If you do nothing else, either bookmark this page or print it out, because it includes the current baggage policies for all the major U.S. domestic carriers.
Nothing completely new in these articles if you are already familiar with our travelite philosophy, but presented in little nuggets they are quite handy.
It’s also quite nice to see mainstream media give credence to this topic, which has traditionally belonged on the fringes. You should’ve seen the looks I used to get from people when I told them you could travel extensively out of one bag.