Traveling can be filled with as many pleasant moments as not so pleasant ones. One of the main troubles for travelers starts before the trip even begins, and that is packing. Deciding on what to take and what to leave for any trip can be a hassle, and coming up with an effective checklist can prove to be more of a challenge than may be expected. A good philosophy to follow is to pack smart and travel light. The most experienced travelers seem to follow the same trend, of packing lighter and lighter after every trip, as we always tend to over-pack for most trips. We can examine how to go around those tricky questions when packing for our trips. Since there are so many reasons to travel, it is better to use generalized ideas that can help in any trip.
When traveling, weighing your luggage is the best way to determine whether you are over packing or not. This will also help you evade the fees that come with having luggage that ends up being heavier than it is allowed for airlines, for example. Having an electronic balance at home which you can use to weigh your bags might save you a lot of time and money. In addition, always make sure to check the regulations for the sizes and weights allowed by the company with which you will travel, whether it is an airline or a bus company. The reason why we emphasize the importance of packing lightly for any trip is the fact that you always need to be prepared to walk long distances with your luggage. Whether it is an unexpected situation at the airport or at your destination itself, you need your luggage to make these walks as comfortable as possible.
Let’s now talk about what should be in our bags. The best way to effectively decide what to take and what to leave is to spread out the items we are considering on taking. You can do this in your living room or your own room, just make sure you have space to stay comfortable and help keep everything organized. When packing smart for traveling, it is better to pack for the best case scenarios, rather than be cautious of the worse situations. Unless a likely bad situation can end up being really expensive, always make sure you are packing for situations that call for no problems. It is better to think of “What can I do without this?” rather than “What can I do with this?”. If you doubt whether to take something or leave it, just leave it. In terms of maximizing space for your clothes and other items, make sure to look into items like packing cubes, airless bags, or clothes compressors. If you travel frequently, these are items definitely worth looking into, as they can help your packing experience be smoother, as it helps keep your items organized and safe from getting damaged.
Always remember to pack smart and light. The less you take on your trip, the more comfortable you will be.
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Shanna Wu Pecoraro, AICI CIP
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