The hardest part about packing for a trip is distinguishing what we want to bring from what we need to bring. As much as we would like to bring our whole wardrobe, all of our shoes, jewelry, accessories and gadgets, it really isn’t necessary to travel with things you won’t use. To help you decide, here are the top things you should make sure you don’t pack to make your suitcase lighter and more manageable.
Hair dryers are super bulky and will take up a lot of room in your luggage. You’ll find when traveling, most hotels and cruise ships have them in the room already or you can ask for one at the front desk. Plus, if you are traveling overseas, the wattage might be different than your home country and you’ll have to worry about blowing a fuse and breaking your hair dryer in a foreign country if you don’t have the right voltage converter.
If you are a big reader, you should bring one or 2 books for your trip, but packing more than that will be heavy to carry around. If you get in a bind overseas, you can also go check out a local bookstore for a good book (and souvenir!).
Pro tip: The airport is a great place to buy books! Most airports have at least one bookstore and most of them are all owned by the same company, Paradies Lagardère. All of their airport bookstores take part in a program called, “read and return” and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Whenever you buy one of their books, you can return it to any Paradies Lagardère bookstore and get half of your original cost back. (Just use the receipt as the bookmark!) So you can buy a book in your home airport, read it on the plane, and then return it when you land.
Be sure to pack a few staple accessories, like easy earrings, necklaces that match with everything and a simple bracelet. You don’t need to pack you grandma’s pearls, that bold statement piece you can only wear with one outfit, or a different necklace for every day. Plus, local artisan jewelry makes for a great accessory to bring home!
If you do insist on bringing expensive jewelry for a special occasion happening when you’re traveling, carry it on the plane with you, not in your check in bag. Once you get to your destination, the best place to leave your valuables is in the hotel or cruise ship safe.
Even if they match that one outfit perfectly, you will regret lugging them around your whole trip. Pack your basic comfortable shoes based on the destination you’re visiting, like sneakers, loafers, flats and sturdy sandals. Traveling usually requires walking on different terrain so be sure to pack comfortable shoes that you will enjoy wearing your whole trip.
Packing light is a top priority when going on a long vacation so accessories should be the last thing you put in your suitcase, on a per space basis. Do you really need 5 scarves if you are going to Europe in June? How many hats will you actually wear? It is better to pack that one belt that will match with all your outfits!
Full Sized Bath Products
Due to TSA regulations, full sized liquids have to be packed in your checked bag and altitude can leave you with a messy disaster! Chances are basic toiletries, like soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion will be available at your accommodation. If you have a product that you can’t live without, don’t pack the full size version, but instead, buy 1 ounce bottles and fill them up with your favorite toiletries.
Too Much Cash
Before you leave on your trip, exchange enough money so you’ll have a day or two of walking around cash, but get the rest of your money once you get to your destination. Most countries have a lot of ATMs for travelers to use. The best thing to do is to call your credit card company and ask about foreign ATM fees. Many banks will refund you any ATM draft fees acquired overseas.
Clothes are usually the hardest thing to pick and choose. But trust us, don’t pack your whole wardrobe! Pro-tip: Look for an option that can also be dressed down so you can wear it more than once. Pack as little as possible: Chances are, you can find a laundry service if need be. Don’t forget you can always buy items or anything you forgot to pack while you’re travelling. So don’t panic if you do forget something!