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How to Avoid Over-Packing for Your Next Vacation

How to Avoid Over-Packing for Your Next Vacation

How would you rate your packing skills? Do you frequently over-pack and somehow bring extra suitcases that never get opened? Or do you always forget everything you really need? No matter what type of packer you are, there are always times when you over or under pack at least a little bit. Here are some tips on how to avoid over-packing on your next vacation, especially if you need to only carry a few things with you:

  1. Make a list. Divide your list into different categories like clothes, hygiene, electronics, first aid, beauty and travel documents. Write down how many days you’ll be gone and how much time you’ll be traveling. Write down the weather or your activities planned and that can help you pick different outfits. Remember, packing light is key! Take a black sweater or other versatile clothing options that you can wear with different outfits and in different temperatures.
  2. Go for a medium-sized, light suitcase. This, of course, depends on the length of your trip. If you are going away for a weekend, you should be able to get away with a small carry on bag. If you are going away for several weeks, you’ll need a larger suitcase. Determine how many suitcases you and your travel companions will need and try to downsize to avoid paying for luggage if you’re flying or save room in the car if you aren’t.
  3. When it is time to pack, roll up your clothes. It is a great way to save room and keep your clothes wrinkle-free.
  4. Get all the travel size products you can find. This will save a ton of room. Don’t forget to get travel size beauty and makeup products as well.
  5. Don’t overpack accessories. Take a few simple pieces that will go well with every outfit. Bonus points if you choose something you can wear while traveling that will also work with most of the outfits you packed.
  6. Don’t pack more than three pairs of shoes. Aim for a comfortable walking or workout shoe, a dressier shoe or boot for going out and sandals or flip-flops if necessary. Even if you’re heading to a cooler destination, you still might want flip-flops or sandals for a hotel pool or hot tub area.
  7. If you are flying or going on a trip where you’ll be required to carry your backpack or luggage everywhere, make sure to set it on a scale before you leave to ensure it isn’t too heavy for your body or TSA rules.
  8. Use pill organizers. These aren’t just for medications, you can use them to store lots of little things like jewelry!
  9. If you’re headed on a plane, wear your bulkiest items on the flight to cut down on items in your luggage or carry on.

Will you use any of these tips? When is your next vacation? Share with us below!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing