The subject of packing has been covered by several of the Uglies already, but I thought I’d touch on the topic as, as I am typing right now, I am also packing. Packing is a chore most all of us have to do at some point or another, and everyone does so in a different way. Some people can pack in 30 minutes flat and others spend the same amount of time packing as they will spend on vacation. The biggest problem most people face when packing is wanting to bring unnecessary clothes. Especially now, when airlines are charging you extra money to check-in each suitcase, efficient packing is more and more important. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind when packing.
Know What’s On Your Schedule
If you’re going to be trekking around cobblestone streets or hiking in the mountains on your trip, heels may not be the most practical choice. Know your schedule and pack accordingly- going to a formal dinner? Pack an appropriate dress. Going on a hike? Bring sneakers. They may not be the most fashionable, but your feet will thank you, believe me.
Check Out The Weather Forecast
Don’t let unexpected weather catch you off guard. Check the weather forecast before you start packing and also right before you leave because weather forecasts can always change at the last time. Even if you never end up using that light raincoat you brought along despite a forecast for showers, it’s good to be prepared. With that in mind, don’t over-prepare. I have a friend who wanted to bring three sweatshirts with her on a road trip across the US during the height of summer. I strongly advised she take none, or if she must, only one. She brought all three. When she got back she sheepishly admitted that she hadn’t the need to wear any of them at any time on her trip.
Pack By Day
Instead of bringing your whole closet to play dress up with the same way you would at home, pre-plan outfits for each day and one extra outfit in case you decide you change your mind on any of the outfits. Bringing only the exact pieces you know you will wear will cut out a lot of the excess.
And last but not least,
If you’re planning to shop while on vacation don’t forget to leave extra space in your luggage for those soon-to-be purchases! ;)