Traveling is moreso about the destination and the adventures you have, and less about what you pack or bring home with you. Minimal packing is great for anywhere, regardless of where you go, where it be the Palm Desert Golf Course, or the center of the Pacific Ocean. Bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea.
That said, there are dozens of benefits to packing light for simpler, minimalistic travel, such as–
1. Less Stuff to Keep Track Of
When you pack a full bag of your everyday essentials, like changes of clothes, toiletries, and things you think you need, you wind up with weighed down luggage to haul wherever you go. However, if you pack light with just a few must-haves, like a toothbrush, an extra outfit or two, and deodorant, then you have less stuff to keep track of. Ergo, you can spend more time loving the views, and less time worrying about what that luggage is doing to your back.
2. Less Stuff to Repack, Rearrange, and Clean
When you pack light, you have less stuff to repack and rearrange. Which means less stuff to clean when you get home. You might come home with a few souvenirs, and that’s fine, but packing light allows you to carefully consider what you want to bring back.
3. Less Stuff to Carry Around on Your Back or Arms
Most people, especially campers and hikers, will carry their loads in their arms or on their backs. Over time, this can be a detriment to your muscles, nerves, and spine. Packing light gives you the benefits of a light exercise when you haul your stuff, sans the pain and frustrations that come from carrying too much for too long.
4. More Time to Focus on More Important Elements of Your Travels
As mentioned above, when you have less stuff to tote around, you have less to worry about. By packing light, you can give yourself the opportunity to focus on and really enjoy the more important elements of your travels. Who wants to lug a heavy backpack around Europe anyhow?
5. Packing Light Makes for Better Planning of Your Trip
When you pack light, you are giving yourself time and energy to plan important aspects of your trip without the hassle of packing. You can throw a few essentials in your bag and be done with it. This method of packing frees up so much time for other planning, like where you want to eat at your destination, or what you want to do when you get there.
There’s no doubt that packing light is super-beneficial in tons of ways. Even if you travel with a large group of people, like your family or friends, packing light benefits everyone because there is simply less hassle and less to worry about.