Stick that around.
Fast 4WD to the beach.
No. 1 Fan / No. 1 Model. My little sister showing the world the very first hoodie called In Cosmos. She is prouder than I would ever be.
How much do you pack for a beach holiday far from home?
There is no template in packing light, really. It is always “to each his own (bag),” just like each one has his or her own needs. Your travel essentials will always differ from the person you are sitting next to in a flight, a bus ride, etc.
Backpacking is not travelling light. Please do not equate travel light or a light travel with backpacking, because a backpack can carry as much as your biggest luggage at 30 kilos a chuck at the check-in counter. Remember that a kilo is equal to a liter, as backpacks are often described by liter capacity. Unless of course, you stick with seven kilos for your whole trip regardless where you are going, or how long will you be gone for. See, travelling with a backpack at seven kilos allows you to hold on to your stuff even when a situation requires you to run. Plus you still have your hands to grab unto anything or anyone in case you need assistance from point A to point B. Generally, a backpack is best for a light and fast travel, especially if you are beachbound.
Stretch packing to 10 kilos. Get at least a backpack with a 10L capacity. Why? So it will hold your handbag that contains the other three kilos, if you later prefer to only carry one bag. Always consider a big tote bag, because it will always pass as a handbag or just the bag that holds your laptop and other gadgets. Remember that a laptop is often around two to three kilos. Airlines usually allow one carry-on (your main bag or backpack) and a laptop bag. A small handbag, with all your important stuff, is not even counted as part of your baggage allowance, although you might want to put that inside your big tote bag while in the airport. Besides, the tote bag will eventually serve as your beach bag.
Gadgetry Allowance. Do you really need to bring a laptop? Do you really need to leash yourself with the bulk of a DSLR? Think a million times. If you have a tablet, bring that instead. If you have a smart phone, do away with the big camera. You can even bring just the smart phone to replace both the laptop and the camera. Just so you know, the gadgets always eat up the baggage allowance of a light travel. Read a book. Use a pen and a notebook to take accounts of your journey. Enjoy the beach. Swim. Dip. Dose off under the sun. Surf. Etc.
100mL and Ziplocked. This is a no-brainer. But then again, you might forget. Give yourself a total of 500mL to one liter allowance for the liquids in your toiletry bag, otherwise lose the liquids. There will always be shampoo, sunscreen, or mouthwash where you are heading, unless you need particular products.
Sports Equipment glitch. When you are traveling with a surfboard, bodyboard, skimboard, or just any other watersport board, take advantage of the 15 kilos that come with the sports equipment allowance. Extra kilos are guaranteed after the total weight of the board, assuming you will only bring one board. Put your clothes in the boardbag. They will even serve as a protection for the board. You can even place liquids more than 100mL (zip-locked) in it too. But still, stick to the basics of seven kilos. You do not want to be carrying a lot, do you?
The point of seven kilos is to avoid the check-in counters; to be able to carry everything around without much of a hassle; most of all, to be secure, knowing you have your stuff with you all the time. After all, you are going to the beach.
Let’s go to the beach in seven kilos!