How to holiday without luggage

Is it possible to skip the hassle of dragging all your worldly possessions with you on holiday?

How to holiday without luggage

Holidays are meant to be about relaxing and forgetting about your woes. But how many of you get to the end of the holiday and start to stress about the added cost if you happen to exceed the baggage limit on the flight home? I know I certainly have!

There are some travellers, though, who turn everything you may know about travel on its head, and plan their holidays in such a way that they are able to get away without taking any luggage! It seems too good to be true.

But here are how people travel footloose and baggage-free.

Avoid the baggage mindset
Phrases like ‘my bags are packed’ show how inextricably linked the process of taking a holiday is linked with the idea of luggage. If the first thing you do before a holiday is reach for your suitcase or bag, ask yourself whether you actually need the bag. Even if the answer is ‘yes’ think about ways you can make the bag as light as possible, or limit yourself to just the one bag. Hotels offer all the personal hygiene products you could need for your trip and some even offer cosmetics as well, so you can definitely leave your toiletries bag at home.

Let someone else do it
If you are a frequent traveller, there are services that will take care of packing for you, freeing up heaps of time and even doing your laundry as part of the bargain. With these services you only ever pack once and then you never have to think about it again.

While travel service company DUFL is currently only available to people living in Sydney and Melbourne, it is one of the biggest operators worldwide in this space. Here’s how it works. You open an account with the app, send clothes you want to be stored (although you can retrieve them for use at home anytime you want) in bags provided by the company and a virtual closet is created with photos of your items displayed in your account. You then select which items you want and where you want them to be sent and they arrive at the hotel ready for you to collect them. At the end of your trip, pile your dirty clothes into the bag and arrange for a pickup. The company retrieves your bag, cleans all of your clothing, and then puts it back into your travel wardrobe until you need it again.

Buy as you go
The other way to travel without luggage is to buy everything as you need it. While this may seem like an expensive and wasteful option, think about whether you were planning on working shopping into your schedule as an essential part of the holiday experience. If you were, this only gives you license to spoil yourself and build a stylish international wardrobe, while also looking after the necessities. When you get home, your newly stocked wardrobe will serve you as a constant reminder of your holiday and a talking point with your friends.

Have you ever taken a holiday with no luggage? How did you manage it?



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    27th Oct 2018
    Always take less clothes and things than you think you might need and always much more money than you think you will spend. Done that for years. We are leaving tomorrow for two weeks with cabin bags only. Medications you will have to take, toiletries as the article above says, are provided most places.
    27th Oct 2018
    I agree with take less clothes and more money. Many folk can cope with less clothes but don’t have much extra money and don’t stay us 5 star hotels that provide everything they need. For many the packing is an integral part of their holiday planning. For the frequent traveller the less things you take may work but for budget travellers they would find it difficult. We usually plan on buying a shirt or two and maybe a new pair of jeans however in many countries these items are more expensive than at home. I just paid an extra $20 for a pair of jeans in Northern Europe.
    27th Oct 2018
    Hball I agree with you re Europe, really depends of the time of year you are going to be there, was over in Ireland and Switzerland in August/September and needed more warm clothing, Ireland 19 degrees most days which I did not anticipate. Did not stay in 5* hotels either but most places have these hair and body wash bottles hanging in their bathrooms. Toothbrushes and paste you provide yourself. Clothing certainly dearer in Europe, some so called thrift shops are OK.
    double j
    27th Oct 2018
    I agree with all the posts , we travel overseas for 3 months each year and carry less and less baggage each year . One thing I always say to my wife when she says “”I had these cloths on yesterday “”. My reply is that we won’t see the same people so it won’t matter
    27th Oct 2018
    I learnt to travel light when going to bush schools in small aircraft with others. We couldn't take much each.

    I travelled for 4 weeks with carry on only around Peru. it was cold and wet. Thankfully Laundries were cheap.

    When travelling to a cold southern state. I buy from op shops and donate back when I head back to the tropics.

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