One advantage of solo travel is that, when you don’t need to accommodate items for anyone else, there’s a better chance that you’ll be able to pack light. With airline baggage restrictions becoming stricter, an aptitude for clever, compact holiday packing is increasingly useful, especially if you’re only taking a short trip of five days or less.
Certain items will be essential, such as the documentation pertaining to the trip (passport, boarding cards), personal care products and clothes. The latter is likely to take up the bulk of your luggage, so learning how to cut down on weight and space is a huge help. Even if you’re travelling in winter or you’re expecting rainy conditions, you could wear your heaviest items at the airport and pack the lighter stuff into your case. If warm, pleasant weather is expected, bring the lightest clothes you have and try to choose colours that easily match others so that you can maximise the number of outfits while minimising your luggage.
The more you travel, the more likely you are to pick up clever packing tips. Rolling your clothes when packing your case is a great space-saver, as is the use of compression bags. Also, keep any toiletries and electronic items near the top of your case so that these will be instantly accessible when going through airport security. Speaking of electronics, leave the laptop at home unless you’re on a business trip and you genuinely need it. With many network operators no longer charging for online roaming, you’ll get all the info you need from your smartphone.
Here is an infographic from Ard na Sidhe Country House with a tremendous collection of astute packing tips that, when followed, will leave plenty of room in your case for souvenirs!
Andrea travelled abroad extensively as a single parent with her now grown up son. Their travels inspired her to quit her city job of 20 years and focus on organising holidays for single parents and solo travellers. When Andrea is not working for Single Parents on Holiday, she enjoys blogging, snowboarding and travelling to far flung places. Her favourite destination is the Caribbean.