Paradise: the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini, May/June 2016

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smart packing

Going light Tim Richards reveals the secrets of travelling around the world with only hand luggage.


re you up for a travel challenge? Here it is: could you travel anywhere in the world, taking only cabin luggage with you? It may sound impossible, but it isn’t. For years, I’ve been honing my approach to packing light, to the point where I only ever take a single bag. The upside? I zip through airports, often bypassing the check-in desks entirely if the airline offers mobile check-in. When I leave the flight at the end of the trip, I can walk straight out of the airport without visiting those slow-turning baggage carousels.

Most people prefer small-wheeled cases as cabin luggage, though I favour a backpack myself – there’s no unnecessary extra weight added by wheels, and it’s easier to navigate through a crowded space. With either type of luggage, though, travelling light is achievable. So what goes in? My core packing is governed by what I call ‘The Rule of Three’ – I always pack three shirts (one with a collar), three pairs of underwear and three pairs of socks. To this I add two pairs of trousers: one formal, one informal. On my feet I wear a pair of black boots, suitable for all occasions, and I carry a jacket over my arm.

May – June 2016