10 Tips for Packing Light


Think Miniature

When in doubt, smaller is better. Don't waste precious space in your toiletries bag with full-size containers of deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lotions. Instead, pick up some sample sizes at your local dollar store, or decant them into travel-sized mini bottles. Count out needed doses of medication and store them in an inexpensive daily pill organizer that you can buy at any drugstore [source: Litchten]. If you're a business traveler who needs to take along a computer, perhaps you could leave your office laptop at home and travel with one of the latest super-lightweight netbooks. In addition to saving space, you'll decrease your luggage weight by 5 pounds (2.26 kilograms) [source: Meredith].