You’re not moving house
You do not need to take every piece of clothing you own with you. As a general rule of thumb for travelling light, lay out everything you think you need for your trip, then halve it.
The trick with packing light is to only bring a very small selection of clothes that can be used for multiple purposes. Pants that can be turned into shorts, hiking boots that look smart and are lightweight and shirts that look good both on the trail and in the bars are essential.
Remember, you can buy just about anything you’d ever need while you’re on the road. Don’t stress about leaving something behind. It’s better to buy one thing you forgot while you’re travelling than have five just-in-case items that you lug around everywhere and never use.
Do as the merino do
Now that you’ve narrowed down your packing list to only include a handful of clothes, it’s time to invest in the absolute best quality material for travelling – merino wool.
Merino wool clothing is durable, lightweight, quick-drying, a great regulator for body temperature and doesn’t hold body odour. For those who want to travel light, these features are invaluable.
Being quick-drying means you can take just a couple of pairs of t-shirts, socks and underwear in your bag, handwash them in the evenings, hang them in your hotel room and wear them the next day. You can spend all day walking around a city and still go out for dinner in the same clothes that night, not being concerned that you smell. And because they breathe as well as keeping you warm, you’ll be comfortable in all climates.
Corespun merino wool clothing isn’t the cheapest stuff on the market, but you only need a few items and they’ll last.