Family World Travel for Less: Four Ways Packing Light Can Save You Money

Now that we’ve covered flights pretty thoroughly and reminisced over some of our favorite, frugal travel moments, it’s time to tackle packing light.

Perhaps most importantly for the purpose of this series, it’s time to talk about why packing light makes it onto my list of 31 ways to travel the world as a family for less. 

Since I’ve actually been wanting to create a video series about trip packing for a number of months, I used this topic as my impetus to go ahead and begin, so today’s post is actually a video.

Family World Travel for Less: Four Ways Packing Light Can Save You Money: In this video I’ll tell you the ONE thing we always do when it comes to packing, four ways packing light can save you money, and show you the bags we use.

*Psst… you can’t click on this image – watch the video HERE.*

When we travel, we have a family packing rule that serves us well. In my video, I’ll tell you all about:

  • the ONE thing we always do when it comes to packing
  • the reasoning behind our packing strategy
  • four ways packing light can save you money
  • a little show-and-tell of the specific bags we use for each family member (fun! I love talking travel gear.)

In order to keep this packing video series all together in one place, I’m hosting them all on a single page, starting with this first one.

You can watch my video about packing light and how it saves us money HERE

And just for fun, here’s a little inside look at what happens we’re in the process of packing and preparing for a big trip:

The chaos that currently is our guest room (aka our trip gear dump/storage room)

Somehow, all this chaos translates into neat, compact and mostly orderly backpacks (that then get trashed by our kids approximately once a week, but that’s besides the point).

But in the end, this is what we actually travelled with, for six people, for one entire year:

(These are our backpacks plus that one black suitcase you see got added on for souvenirs a couple months before we went home… and it was a pain, to be honest, though it was nice to bring a few things home in the end. I’m still a little torn whether it was worth disrupting our usual backpack-carrying rhythm for or not.)

Family World Travel for Less: Four Ways Packing Light Can Save You Money: In this video I’ll tell you the ONE thing we always do when it comes to packing, four ways packing light can save you money, and show you the bags we use.

Does your family have a similar packing rule? (If you’re not sure, then I guess you’ll have to watch the video… :).

Family World Travel for Less: Four Ways Packing Light Can Save You Money: In this video I’ll tell you the ONE thing we always do when it comes to packing, four ways packing light can save you money, and show you the bags we use.

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