Travelers should learn how to pack light to decrease vacation stress
Posted on Tuesday 04 October 2011
in Short Breaks
There are many perks that go along with packing light. For instance, when travelers only carry the bare necessities with them on their vacations, they have less to wash when they get home and fewer items to worry about leaving behind on their trips. In addition, with the high fees that many airlines are now charging passengers to check baggage, packing light may allow travelers to save a great deal of money before they even arrive at their destinations.
The Times of India reports that most people pack more than they need when embarking upon a getaway. However, according to the news source, there are strategies that even the most chronic over-packers can utilize to lighten their loads on the road.
Travelers who wish to pack fewer items on their next vacation should take a moment to think about what they will really need before beginning to throw things into their bags. Instead of contemplating one's travel activities while packing, individuals should make a list of the things they will be doing and the different items they believe they will need before they even open their closets. This way, not only will would-be vacationers be more organized and less likely to overpack, they will also reduce the risk of leaving behind necessary items that they may have forgotten, such as boots for a hike or a bathing suit for the indoor pool.
Another thing that travelers should think about before packing is the weather. Depending on one's planned destination, it could be sunny, rainy, cloudy or some combination of the three over the course of an individual's vacation. Before embarking on their trips, would-be travelers should be sure to check the local weather report and figure out what sort of temperature range and the types of precipitation they will be dealing with when they reach their destination. In this way, they can be sure to pack the right things and not simply throw in unnecessary clothing for all-weather because they are unsure of what to expect.
Individuals should also pay close attention to the colors of the clothes that they pack. While brightly hued and patterned items may be highly fashionable, these sorts of things can only be worn once per vacation due to their very noticeable details. Instead of packing dozens of unique dresses, skirts or other items of clothing, travelers should instead include mix-and-match sets that can be worn more than once in their luggage. For instance, black pants, white tops and brown shoes are all pieces of clothing that can easily be reused on a week-long vacation. According to the media outlet, individuals who feel as though they need at least a bit of color in their wardrobes can pack a few flashy accessories to glam up their outfits.
After travelers have determined exactly what types of clothing they will need on their trip and planned out their outfits accordingly, they should begin to pack. However, according to the news source, some ways of putting items into luggage are better than others. For instance, individuals who simply throw all their things in, including shoes and accessories, and then close the suitcase are wasting precious space. Instead of this haphazard technique, travelers may wish to consider rolling their items tightly to avoid wrinkling them and then place them in plastic bags. Not only will this save space, it will also allow individuals to keep their dirty laundry in separate containers than the clean on their way home.
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