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Keeping Vacation Packing Simple

It’s the perfect time of year to grab that luggage out of the closet and start packing for that long awaited vacation time! Searching through the closet hangers and dresser drawers, everything looks like such a good idea for this trip, so into the bags it goes. But, as you go to grab that now packed full luggage off the bed, you realize how heavy all of your vacation “must haves” really are. Let’s break that massive haul down a bit and figure out how to pack light.

For starters, think of your destination as a packing tool. If you are visiting somewhere that has warmer weather, say Southern California, you will lose the need for bulky clothing like sweaters and jackets. Instead, lightweight shorts, tanks, t-shirts, and swimwear will not only be perfect attire for San Diego tours, but they help cut down on the weight of that luggage, not to mention downsizing the number of bags necessary to haul as well! The weight of your actual luggage will make a huge difference as well, so choose wisely. If you are only going for a day or two, then a small bag will suffice for your travel accessories, such as a small backpack instead of using a duffle bag style tote. The smartest bulk saving will come when you downgrade the number of items going inside of those bags.

Even with the decision to go someplace warm, clothing will likely remain the bulkiest part of your travel pack. For women, thin spaghetti strap tank tops and sports bras can fill a tiny space in your bag. Whether you fit into a child’s size sundress or plan on packing a few plus size cocktail dresses, the fabrics of summer make it possible to bring several nice outfits and keep luggage strictly carry-on. When it comes to footwear, sandals or flip-flops are extremely lightweight and only utilize a small amount of space compared to large boots or even tennis shoes.

The same principles apply for men, the only difference is the preferred style of clothing. Several t-shirts and thin-fabric shorts can provide the backbone of a warm-weather travel adventure, with a nice pair of slacks and a button-up shirt to wear for a nice dinner. Sandals and a pair of soft canvas shoes can be the extent of footwear brought along unless planning to hike or engage in a similar rugged activity.

For men and women alike, personal toiletries are usually necessary for any sort of traveling. Travel size bottles will save space and weight on items like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving gel and shower gel. These size containers also enable liquid personal care products to be brought onboard airplanes in carry-on luggage. Many stores carry travel sized toothpaste and compact toothbrushes that break down to a smaller length.

For a lighter packing experience and ultimately a better travel experience, just think simple. If you believe you can make it through the trip without that item, then leave it at home. Everything else you need or must take, try and minimize the space and weight that you need. Instead of large heavy shampoo and conditioner bottles, simply opt for a travel size bottle instead. Leave all those laptops and tablets behind and choose to focus more on your surroundings and personal interactions. Pack a light load and feel a load lighter!

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