Guest Post by: Joseph Amailuk
When going out on a mission, it is essential to travel light.
Imagine this as work related travel. So be a minimalist if you want to make your travel easy.
Remember, it is a mission, not a series of ballroom parties. That is the whole essence of traveling light.
Jesus at one point instructed his disciples not to carry a thing when he sent them out? Well, these may be different times, but the principle remains the same.
The goal is optimal packing.
Traveling light does not mean you handicap your travel and experiences.
Eliminate non-essential items. Liken this to an arbitrator who carries a gun to a marriage counseling session; that would be ludicrous! Who does that?
Try and ensure that whatever you pack will perform multiple functions other than carrying unnecessary items.
You could easily carry along a camera, plus a laptop, a tablet, a phone, an internet dongle, and a games board. However, all the items mentioned can be taken care of by carrying a smartphone. I guess that it why it is called smart!
The best place to start with is your bag. Whatever sized bag you have, you are bound to try to fill it one way or the other; it almost always determines how much you will carry. The bigger the bag, the more you are likely to pack.
Backpacks offer amazing versatile hassle free packing. Fully packed it easily slides under an airplane seat easing any manner of public transport. You can wear it or lug it around, -your choice. Its organization permits you to put frequently used items nearby for quick access.
When it comes to clothes, aim to optimize for comfort and target to carry everyday items. Your wallet, phone and driving license. Pick a wallet that can fit into your front pocket and carry bills without them sticking out. Choose one with a sleeve for your travel insurance and cards and a picture of loved ones.
Carry a handy emergency flashlight. This will always come in handy.
Remember your travel documents.
International travel requires you carry a passport. Make three copies of the bio-data page. Leave one set back home, the other in your wallet and third with your host. Add a digital copy emailed to yourself. That includes your driving license and travel insurance.
Carry Four t-shirts, ten underwear and five pairs of socks that are odor resistant for a pleasant trip. Carry a waterproof jacket capable of keeping out the winds and leaving you warm during the cold.
Add two pairs of walking shorts which are quick to dry and repel light rains.
Four trousers which are lightweight, water repellant and two-way-stretch allowing for breathable movement.
One or two dress shirts preferably wrinkle-free. You never know when you will get access to iron.
Shades or sunglasses to keep your eyes protected from the sun’s glare.
You do not need more than two pairs of shoes. One set of open shoes and the other closed. If hard-pressed for the choice, then default to sneakers. The shoes should be comfortable enough to hike with and even better still go to a dinner.
If you are going to live with other people, make yourself easier to accommodate.
Toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste
Deodorant, soap and body cream/lotion
Foot powder to keep your feet dry. Candid
Bug repellent (with deet please, it keeps the mosquitoes at bay)
Pack at least two days before your scheduled travel. If you find you carried unnecessary stuff, just repack.
Amailuk Joseph (aka Jay) loves to write for a living. Five plus years of experience teaching Literature did not hurt his experiences. Amailuk would rather spend 3+ hours writing as opposed to 30 minutes with the dentist.
He is happily married, and has three adorable children; the pride of his existence.
A Freelance Writer, Personal Coach and is passionate about research. His love for writing was triggered at an early age, and he has been writing as long as he can remember.
When he is not writing it is more than likely, he is either reading or researching his next article.
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