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Break­ing down the im­pos­si­ble art of liv­ing out of one small suitcase

In 1992, Lyn Hughes trav­elled for six months tak­ing just a 30-litre day­pack. It was the trip that not only saw the inklings of what would be­come the UK’S first travel mag­a­zine take form, but it also taught her how to re­ally travel light – a skill ev­ery trav­eller should have. She shares her tips here… On my first truly big ad­ven­ture – a round-the-world trip – I’d packed ev­ery­thing but the kitchen sink, with a year’s worth of gear stuffed into my bag. Then, once I was on the road, the re­al­i­sa­tion struck that there were ac­tu­ally fully stocked shops in all these coun­tries – who would have thought it?

So, as de­tailed on page 98, for our 1992 South Amer­i­can jaunt we de­cided to go hand lug­gage only. It turned out to be lib­er­at­ing. No wor­ries about things be­ing stored out of sight on pub­lic trans­port. No more fret­ting about keep­ing an eye on our cases in cafés or busy places. No feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble on ar­riv­ing in a strange town.

I haven’t trav­elled quite as light since, though there have been oc­ca­sions when I’ve packed too light for the con­di­tions – when a guide asks, ‘Where’s the rest of your gear?’, it’s not a good sign (see p101 for my ‘epic travel fails’). But even to­day, I still ap­ply the same prin­ci­ples to my pack­ing list ( right).

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