What Not to Pack to Avoid a Stuffed Suitcase

If you’re going to a vacation and you’ve struggled over which clothes to bring, you’re not alone. When we’re forced to choose between our favorite things, we’re sometimes tempted to just bring it all that results to overpacking. However, checking more than one bag or exceeding your airline’s weight limit can cost you. Packing for a trip is often a struggle, so keep on reading for our guidelines to avoid an overstuffed suitcase.

Don’t pack your entire beauty routine.

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If you use five different products to complete your elaborate face-washing regimen, think of packing a few travel sizes that you only need. Think of zip-top bags over bulky containers. If you are staying at a hotel, use the complimentary toiletries so you don’t have to bring your own 24-ounce shampoo and conditioner bottles and stuff the hotel ones in your suitcase to take home. Remember, if you don’t use them on the road, you’ll probably never use them at home.

Don’t pack your jewelry and valuables.

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Before bringing your most prized possession, keep in mind that tourists are common targets for thieves and luggage often gets lost in transit. If you must bring your jewelry, keep it in the hotel safe except for special occasions such as dinner in a nice restaurant. Also, pack any valuables you buy while on your trip in your carry-on. Remember, checked bags sometimes disappear into the mysterious black hole of lost luggage.

Don’t pack things you can buy there.

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Even though things you can buy at home are often more expensive overseas, think of the luggage weight fees first. Simple items that you may need but can probably live without can usually be purchased at drug and convenience stores in many destinations. Also, if you decide to buy a lot of your items abroad, you will have to create room in your suitcase to cart them back home. If you can’t live without reading a book or magazine a day, don’t bring the library of reading material with you, but instead buy magazines and newspapers at the airport.

Don’t pack more clothes than you need.

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Clothes tend to make up the bulk of most travelers’ suitcases, and reducing the number of outfits you pack can lighten your load significantly. Bring clothes in neutral colors that you can mix and match, and only pack shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits. Also, check the weather at your destination before you leave, and pack accordingly.

Don’t pack more than one guidebook.

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One good, comprehensive guidebook should do the trick. Also, smartphones and tablets can be functional to gather all the information you need. Think of travel guide sites that offer mix-and-match guidebook chapters that can be downloaded as PDFs available for purchase. Remember, carrying one gadget with all the info will save you significant weight over multiple books.

Don’t pack unnecessary gadgets.

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Keep in mind that some gadgets may call for more room in your luggage than you’d expect as you may need to pack more things like spare batteries, chargers, electrical adapters, and converters. The definition of necessity varies from one traveler to the next, so it’s important to ask yourself if you will really need them before you stuff it in your bursting suitcase. By heeding our tricks, you’ll be able to pack lightly and make your vacation memorable.

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