Traveling for the first time and struggling to prioritise your packing? Wondering how you’ll cope with lugging a bulging case through the airport or onto a train? Packing light is an essential skill for most travelers. Carrying less makes for a hassle-free journey (cut out that time spent waiting at the luggage carousel) and moving about at your destination much easier. Seasoned adventurers tend to be pros at squeezing their essentials into a tiny bag. Here are our five top tips for first timers: #1: Make a list Make a list of everything you think you’ll need for your trip. Consider climate, activities, length of stay and access to a washing machine. Having everything laid out in this format will help you pare down your packing and identify the essentials. Need a hand? Check out our post on the best travel apps and download a digital packing guide. If you’re travelling for a Gap Medics placement, consult the handy packing guide included in your preparations pack! #2: Use multi-purpose items Items with multiple uses are great for cutting down on travel clutter and saving space in your luggage. Think about a piece of cloth that could be used as a scarf, a sarong or a pillow, or all-purpose soap (such as Dr Bronner’s) that can be used to wash hair, body and clothing. #3: Roll your clothing A favourite packing tip amongst seasoned travellers – it may sound simple, but rolling your clothing saves tons of space in your luggage (watch a tutorial here). Make sure you think about the fabric of your clothing, and consider how each item might wrinkle and crease. #4: Wear heavier items on the plane Want to take walking boots and flip-flops? Wear your boots on the plane. They may be a pain to take on and off in the airport, but having them on your feet means you won’t have to carry them in your bag (and boy, are walking boots heavy!). #5: Use packing cubes A simple yet revolutionary step towards packing perfection! We love the ones from Muji; they’re inexpensive and hard-wearing, and come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Traveling light – tips from around the web Packing advice from our favourite bloggers and vloggers. Traveling light: 10 days in Kenya, Light by Coco How to pack light: tips from a master packer, Lonely Planet blog 31 travel experts share their best tips for packing light, Tortuga Backpacks blog The flight attendant’s guide to packing light, Conde Nast Traveler Top packing tips for flying hand-luggage only, Money Saving Expert Light Traveling: Packing in carry-on for two months, One Girl One Suitcase 10 tips for packing light, How Stuff Works How to pack light: A minimalist example, Indie Traveller Pack Light, Go Fast – Photos, links and tips about the art of packing light, packlite.tumblr.com Packing smart and traveling light, Rick Steves’ Europe Got a great packing tip to share? Contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org Gap Medics provides year-round hospital work experience for people aged 16 and over. Our shadowing placements offer a unique insight into the work of doctors, nurses, midwives and dentists – helping students to focus their career aspirations before embarking upon medical training. Eye-opening hospital work experience International hospital shadowing for school and university students Find out more You might also be interested in ... Have Medical Degree – Will Travel. INFOGRAPHIC. Appy travels! Digital tools for savvy travelers How does travel nursing work?