Say you have an urgent business trip tomorrow and have but an evening to pack. Or your job demands frequent travelling and you are fed up with having to pack and unpack your suitcase every few months. If you find yourself in these two scenarios more than once, you need to learn about the one-bag travel philosophy.

What is it?

This philosophy aims to save you from all the fuss that comes with packing and carrying a suitcase. You need just one carry-on-sized bag without wheels. Of course, this is not everyone’s cup of tea since some people might need wheeled luggage based on the duration of the stay, the climate of the destination, health issues, etc. But to those who are fit, the one-bag philosophy or one-bagging is a game changer. The only additional item we recommend is a laptop bag or small waist bag for change and petty cash.

Who needs it?

One-bagging can provide a hassle-free trip for many people. Moreover, you do not have to go through the lengthy baggage-handling process at the check-in and check-out counters.

Frequent travellers love this idea because they can keep all their essential items like universal power adaptors, powerbanks and travel documents in the bag until their next trip. Backpackers particularly practise one-bagging since they can carry all the important things wherever they go.

Those who have lived the nightmare of losing their luggage or delays at the baggage claim usually stick with this philosophy. Even after a shopping spree, you will not exceed the allotted maximum weight if you packed light in the first place.

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How to prepare?

The ideal size for one-bagging is 60L (litres) for two weeks. For shorter trips, a 45L will do just fine. When you pick the clothes, choose the basic-colours so you can mix and match. The type of fabric is also important. They have to be hand-washable, dry overnight and are wrinkle-free. Three sets of clothes are enough for two weeks – wear one, wash one, dry one and repeat. Do not be wary of laundry if you are one-bagging.

You might need packing cubes to keep your items compartmentalised and organised. They will keep your clothing compressed, too. You can also opt for Ziploc bags – put your clothes in them and squeeze the air out before sealing. You will get a vacuum-sealed cloth bag that takes less space inside the bag. Put documents, gadgets and sanitation products in separate bags. If you need bulky stuff like boots and jackets on your trip, wear them. This way, you can put more important things in your bag.

Do not be afraid to sacrifice a few items. Remember, the idea here is to get more with less. If your phone can take good-quality photos, ditch the DSLR. If you are going to stay at the hotel, you might not need to pack a towel. Instead of electric shavers and toothbrushes, pick the old-fashioned ones since they take up less space. Paperbacks are good. But if you love reading on your plane, a Kindle will be better to save space.

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Must-have accessories

Here is a buyer’s list for your next travel:

Universal Power Adaptor

As part of the communication process, your phone and tablet need power all the time while on your trip. Whether charging it outdoors or in your hotel, it will be easier if you have your portable adaptor with you. You will also save space if the power adaptor can charge all your devices, even your computer.

Document Holder

While travelling, your passport and other travel and official documents need maximum protection. A document holder is a good investment to ensure that all your important documents are safe from accidental folding while travelling and moving around with your bag. Choosing a waterproof folder will protect your passport from moisture and water damage.

Packing Cubes

Your travel bag may be big enough to accommodate all the stuff you want to bring, but it is not sufficient when it comes to packing. With packing cubes, you can keep your stuff in different “chambers” so you do not mix up things.

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As a smartphone has replaced most of our gadgets, we use it way more than just calling – like internet browsing, taking and editing photos, playing games, social networking, listening to music, reading books etc. Smartphones are now ‘The Digital Swiss Army Knife’ replacing alarm clocks, watches, cameras, laptops, etc. As smartphone technology keeps on improving, we are increasingly finding that running out of battery can be a big problem especially when you are travelling and on the go.

First-aid Kit

Never travel without a first-aid kit. Carry a small pouch that contains 2-3 tablets for general sicknesses like cough, cold, fever, pain, diarrhoea and constipation. It can also be good to have a pain relief spray for quick application. Apart from these, band-aids, sterile cotton, crepe bandages, gauze, antibacterial cream/ointment and antiseptic wipes should always be present in your first-aid pouch.

Hand Sanitiser and Disposable Masks

Pandemic has changed the whole tourism industry. Nowadays many airlines, hotels and public places require you to wear a mask all the time. Although masks can be bought easily, it helps to keep a few extras in your bag. Keep them in clean separate pockets to avoid being damaged. Hand sanitiser will come in handy when you cannot find the washing basin and soap.

Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is important when travelling, and it does help with jetlag. While water bottles are available almost everywhere, it creates tons of plastic waste and sometimes it gets heavy on the pocket. Hence, a sturdy travel-ready water bottle is a choice. It serves as an eco-conscious investment to the earth as well as your health. It is common to find water-bottle refill stations in all major hotels and airports, so having access to drinking water is no more a problem.

Safe and pleasant travel!


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