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Taking trips and family vacations are always enjoyable and create memories that last a lifetime, but packing is the biggest struggle. Creating new memories with family and friends are so much more lasting than “things” that we buy. While things can be broken, or become outdated, memories always last forever and are what most of us reflect back on as we move forward in our lives. Now, while traveling can be fun, it can also be stressful as you work to pack your suitcase for your time away from home. Most of us like to pack as if we’re never going to come back home, EVER, ha. We pack an outfit that we plan to wear and another one just in case that one doesn’t work out, and then we end up with suitcase after suitcase, or bag after bag of things that we don’t actually need and later realize that we have severely over-packed. None of us really want to do that because you’re going to have to put all that stuff back once you get back home and we all know that unpacking is THE WORST!

How To Pack Lightly & Simplify Travel

#1 – The first thing that you have to work on when packing for your trip is to start packing early. A lot of us wait until the last minute to begin packing for a trip, which causes us to rush and throw in any and everything we “might possibly” need and we don’t want to do that.

#2 – You can start by preparing a list of the basics that you need and have to take with you. Having this list will help you so you don’t forget anything you really wish to take and realize what things you really could leave home. Since you’re starting early, you can also make note of something that you would like to take but may need to purchase from the store before you go. Taking a look at these things early will definitely help you feel less panicky than if you were to take a look last minute.

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#3 – Take a look at the weather in the location that you are heading and pack for the weather conditions. Sometimes we pack too much because we pack for any and every weather condition possible. For example, if you heading to Florida in July/August, you probably don’t need to pack jean pants, but instead you can pack and bring shorts which will definitely lighten your load. Another thing to consider is to pack for the activities you have planned when you get to your destination. Dresses are cool and compact, but if you’re planning to go sky diving or rock climbing, you probably wouldn’t want to have one on, so that’s something that could stay home. Another thing you could focus on is packing items that can be mix-matched to create a different look, this way, you can pack even less!

If you plan to fly, focus on wearing some of your heavier items on the plane so that you can have a lighter carry-on. If you’re able to pack light enough to only have a carry-on, you can save yourself some cash, because checking in luggage costs money.

#4 – Only bring your FAVORITE accessories. I know sometimes we pack for the “what if,” but pick your 2 favorites and bring only those. For me a lot of the time I’m good as long as I have my earrings. That being said, I tend to wear my diamond studs and don’t switch my earrings while away so they are never lost but your girl always looks put together!

#5 – It’s important to pack efficiently! Sometimes people have a hard time separating what they actually need from what they ‘think’ they need. This is why step number 1 is so important. Making that list is super helpful in determining what you need. On my latest vacation when it came to clothes, tank tops and shorts were all I packed. I was vacationing in Florida and packed items I could easily roll up to create extra room in my backpack. I didn’t even take a suitcase because I was flying to Florida and just wanted to take a bag that I didn’t have to check in and could just put in the overhead area of the plane. Choosing that route simplified the check in process and made traveling light. I say all of this to say, don’t bring anything extra, just pack the stuff you need. You will definitely thank me and yourself later!

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