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We’re always on the lookout for ways to reduce the load and make travelling more convenient. One way to save on space and weight is by condensing your travel gear by packing multi-functional items that can be changed to suit your various needs. After all, packing smart is part of the fun of lightweight travel. Here’s 3 multi-functional travel hacks to consider the next time you’re travelling below 7kgs.

1. Multi-functional clothing

A sarong could be one of the most multi-functional items of clothing you could pack.

  • You can use it as a cover up at the beach
  • You can use it as a sheet if you find yourself in a particularly grubby hostel
  • You can use it as a towel 
  • You can use it as a tablecloth for an impromptu picnic in the woods
  • You can use it as a laundry bag (fold in half and knot the ends together to create a loop)
  • You can use it as a sling (either for emergencies or just to even out the weight of your load)
  • You can use it as a blanket for an extra bit of comfort
  • You can use it as a shower curtain or to create some privacy
  • You can use it as a scarf to accessorize an outfit

2. Multi-functional cosmetics

You would be surprised how much of your 7kg carry-on limit is taken up by lots of bottles under 100mls. Your toiletries bag should be filled with dual-purpose products to help reduce the overall weight of your luggage. Here are some ideas:

  • Tinted moisturiser that also acts as SPF sunscreen
  • Coloured lipstick that could also double as a cheek tint
  • Bronzer that can double as eye shadow
  • Double ended make up brush

Even your toiletries bag can have a dual-purpose. Choose a nice one that can be used as a clutch for the evening.

3. Multi-functional gadgets

Our top recommendation is combining the three most commonly used gadgets for lightweight travel into one:

  • Torch
  • Luggage Scales
  • Portable Powerbank

Shop here: Below7 Luggage Scale

Bonus item: Your smartphone

This is a pretty obvious item to pack, but we thought we’d include it to point out your phone is technically a multi-functional product too. Replace your camera, maps and books with your phone (you can download the Kindle App on your smartphone for free). Keep electronic copies of all your travel documents. Pay for things with your phone. So basically, your mobile phone is a navigator, camera, book, manila folder, messaging device, computer and credit card all in the palm of your hand. Pretty neat, huh?