How to not Overpack for a Trip

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Are you planning a trip and finding yourself struggling to pack? It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of a new adventure and pack everything in your closet, but overpacking can lead to unnecessary stress and inconvenience during your trip. Here are some tips to help you pack light and avoid overpacking.

Just the Essentials

First off, make a packing list of the essentials you’ll need for your trip. Think about the climate, activities, and events you’ll be attending. This will help you prioritize what to pack and what to leave behind.


You’ll also want to choose versatile clothing that can be mixed and matched. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics that can be layered for warmth. This will save space in your luggage and make it easier to pack.

Which Toiletries?

Thirdly, pack only the toiletries you’ll need. Most hotels and Airbnbs provide basic toiletries like shampoo, conditioner, and soap, so you don’t need to bring these. Use travel-sized containers to pack your essentials, and don’t forget to pack them in a plastic bag to prevent leaks.

Avoid “Just In Case” Stuff

Lastly, resist the urge to pack “just in case” items. Be realistic about what you’ll actually use during your trip and leave behind the rest. Remember, you can always buy anything you forgot or need during your travels.