A lot of my friends ask for advice on where in the world to go on holiday, but very few of them ask how to make travel easier, more comfortable, less of a worry and just a lot less stress. They can do all of that in one simple and easy way, and it won't cost them a penny.
Less is more.
When I travelled back from China overland in 2008, the only bag that I brought with me was a small black Karrimor canvas carry on sized case. I've had it for years, and a got it in the Karrimor surplus store near Swindon back in the mid 90's and I've never seen another like it. I used to use it to lug around my work laptop, but then I realised that it was the perfect size for a weekend away bag.
Each time I go away I travel with less and less 'stuff', and the stuff that I bring is chosen wisely. The bigger the bag the more likely you are to put stuff you'll never use in it. A smaller bag makes you think about what you are bringing and what you really need.
ClothingI'm a great fan of Rohan clothes, they are light weight, don't take up a lot of space, and when washed dry really quickly. Three shirts, a couple of t-shirts and some washing gel saves a lot of weight and space in your bag.
WashingI bring my own shower gel and shampoo, but I don't bring them in their original containers, I decant them into smaller plastic bottles. A small tube of toothpaste rather than a big one, and if it's half empty so much the better. A small sponge and one of those tiny magic towels take up no space and are worth their weight in gold.
TechnologyI do like my technology, and I bring quite a bit with me, iPod, camera and mobile phone but I've found that it's their charges that weigh so much. I've got a converter plug that also has a USB converter so I can charge the iPod and my phone via that.
Creating a packing list is fraught with problems, what to bring depends on where you are going and how long for, but this is the packing list I used on my Silk Route trip in which I was away for three months, and had to take on the 38° heat of India and then snow in Kazahkstan, so I think it's a good basis for any packing list.
What I DON'T bring with me!
 Why Rohan? - their clothes are built with travel in mind, they are lightweight, and dry quickly
 Why Silk? - it's lightweight, packs down to a small space, and it dries really quickly
 It's the Swiss Travel Products World Travel Adapter with USB charger