Vacation-Packing Made Easy


A hassle-free, no nonsense vacation is something we could all use. The destination is, undoubtedly our focus, but choosing what we take with is just as important. Approximately 50 million Americans vacation every year so whether you're planning a family vacation or an individual getaway, you're going to need to know how to pack. Carrying that overstuffed piece of luggage can be quite aggravating. A vacation is supposed to be relaxing not stressing.


That suitcase of clothes, shoes, toiletries, souvenirs and other useless nonsense will more than likely become your worst enemy when traveling. Travelers often believe that they must ensure that they have all the comforts and amenities of home. Why try to bring your entire life with you when the purpose of vacationing is to get away? When it comes to traveling, just remember that less is good - your back will thank you for it.


When preparing for a trip, whether it is a weekend getaway or globe trotting adventure, the one thing to remember is to pack as light as possible. When packing, you should always ask yourself the following three questions: (1) where do you plan on going; (2) how long do you plan on being away; and (3) what will the weather be like? Once you have explored these questions you can begin packing.


Choose the Proper Luggage


The type of suitcase(s) you need will ultimately depend on your destination. There are a number of styles, brands and sizes of luggage, but don't be fooled by their flashy, over-the-top features. You should not choose your luggage based on your personal style, but rather simplicity. Depending on the length of your stay and what you actually decide to take, one or two pieces of luggage should be all you need. Many types of luggage have hidden compartments that will make your packing much more efficient.


Pack Only the Essentials


Versatility is the key to smart packing - you should only pack what you really need. Now, while some people pack based on "needed essentials," others may decide to pack based on their "wants." The key is understanding the difference between these two. A need is "a physiological or psychological requirement for the well-being of an organism," whereas want is "to have a strong desire for." Still don't understand? We need things in order to survive, but want things in order to be happy. So, yes, a vacation is meant to make us happy, but it's no fun when we're lugging around objects too heavy to carry. When deciding on what you need to pack, you should always weigh your wants against your needs.

If you use these items in your everyday life then it's a safe bet that you'll need them. If there is something you want later, you can always purchase it. Most destinations have some location where you can purchase/find what you want. Although, certain items, which may not be considered as needs under daily circumstances, (such as a first-aid kit shampoo and sunscreen), may be difficult to find in some underdeveloped destinations – so these should be packed.


Pack the Correct Attire


One should always remember to only take what he will wear. Proper undergarments are obvious but what other types of clothing should be included? In order to determine this you need to research the expected weather conditions for your destination and decide on which activities you will partake. On vacation, what you do and what you can do may be largely effected by what you wear (or have available to wear). Have a good idea of what you want to do while you are there and what the weather is expected to be like and pack appropriately. For short vacations: pack 1 or 2 items for 'unexpected' wheather. For longer vacations: pack between 2-5 items but less than 10. Everything should be done in moderation.




Whether you spending a day at the beach in Greece, hiking through the hills of Italy, skiing down the snow-covered slopes in Colorado or shopping on the streets of France, it is important to pack smart for comfort and ease. If you only pack what you need and always dress accordingly you should have no problems. The art of packing wisely is learning what you don't need, efficiency and understanding which items can be purchased at your destination. Your luggage should not create more work for you – you are on vacation – you should be escaping work.



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