Heading out of town this summer? Me too! While vacations and trips may be a blast, packing for them isn’t nearly as exciting. In fact, it’s a little irritating. Luckily, there are many ways to make packing less of a chore.
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Tip #1 :: Make a list
As soon as you book your flight, start making a list of things you may need while you’re gone. Where are you going? How long will you be gone? If you forget something, will it be available wherever you go? Always take these questions into consideration. Obviously, if you’re heading somewhere tropical, you won’t need a winter coat. If you’re going hiking in Alaska, you probably won’t need to pack your swimwear. Make notes so you can figure out how much and what kind of clothing and accessories you should pack! Don’t forget to write down the items you use daily. That way, once you are all packed and ready to go, you can double check your carry-on and suitcase to make sure you didn’t forget anything. Need a bag? Samsonite’s Spin Tech Carry On Suitcase is 15% off at Macy’s!
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Tip #2 :: Pack right away
Assuming you don’t want to rush out the door the day you leave forgetting something important, packing at least a few days before your departure date is always a good idea. Take advantage of that extra time you will have by picking out your clothes, finding items you don’t use often, collecting your essentials in one easy-to-find-and-keep-track-of location, and washing your favorite clothes before you leave! You won’t want to forget your camera, phone charger, and your coziest sweater. Put them in your bag as soon as possible! Can’t find your digicam after all? There are always great deals (including free shipping!) on cameras and camcorders at Best Buy – perhaps the Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera is on your wish list?
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Tip #3 :: Know what stays and what goes
Let’s face it: the airlines are anything but perfect. Luggage gets lost sometimes, your belongings may get broken or misplaced… These things are completely uncontrollable. Make sure you always pack those items that you need on a daily basis (as well as your valuables) in your carry-on! That includes your glasses, medicines, and your heirloom watch that you would never be able to replace, for example. If you can buy a new one or you can simply live without it, it can go in your suitcase! Don’t forget to throw an extra shirt in your carry-on, just in case! Lacoste’s Jaspe Stripe Jersey Polo will keep you looking classy no matter where you go – get it with free shipping at Nordstrom!
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Tip #4 :: Roll your clothes
Folding your clothing not only creates creases and wrinkles that you won’t be able to fix once you get where you’re going, but it also takes up more space in your suitcase. Tightly roll your clothing for the best results! You’ll be able to fit much more than you initially thought. Don’t overpack though, especially if you anticipate that you’ll be buying apparel while away. Do, however, bring an extra swimsuit or two if you’re heading somewhere tropical – Amazon.com is a good place to start since they have awesome deals on older styles! Also, keep baggage sizes and fees in consideration – you don’t want to spend an extra $100 because you brought too many pairs of shoes.