Overpacking: 5 Reasons It Sucks!
Packing light is the mantra when traveling!
Summer is on the way and that means planning! And that means you need to know about overpacking : 5 reasons it sucks.
Once you settle on a destination, there’s the matter of deciding what clothing you need to take along. While it may seem like a good idea to take along a few extra things, this approach ends up wasting time and causing more problems than it’s worth. Your best bet is to balance your packing so you have enough and not one thing more.
so let’s look at overpacking: 5 reasons it sucks, and why you will do better by packing light.
Those Pesky Extra Charges
If you are flying to your vacation destination, most airlines will only allow so much weight for your luggage. If you want to take along another suitcase, that will cost extra. Do you really want to lay out more cash to take along clothing and accessories that you may or may not use? By only taking what you need, there is a better chance that you will avoid going over the weight limit and having to pay more.
Lugging Your Suitcases Around
Overpacking means more luggage that has to be dealt with during each leg of your journey. It may not be that bad if you are taking a direct flight, but what if your travels will take you through three or more airports? Along with the odds of one or more suitcases being temporarily misplaced, there’s still the matter of collecting everything at your destination, hauling it outdoors to meet the hotel shuttle, and then unloading it so the concierge can have someone take it to your room. Is all the hassle really worth it just so you can take along a few things that end up staying in the luggage for the entire trip?
Room for New Purchases
When was the last time you went on a vacation and didn’t pick up a few new things? Of course you are going to shop while you are away. Remember that fact while you’re packing for the trip and cut the number of things you take along. Doing so means there will be room for those new purchases in your luggage when it’s time to start the trek home.
Finding What You Need When You Need It
Have you ever been on a trip and want to wear something specific for a day at the beach, a night at the clubs, or a lunch date with someone you just met? How quickly can you lay your hands on that outfit? In many cases, it will be in the last case you open and on the bottom of the contents.
If you choose to pack lighter, it’s easier to unpack, hang up all of your things, and know exactly where every article of clothing and every accessory is found. That makes getting ready for whatever you are about to do much easier.
Less Time Spent Ironing
No matter what methods you use to pack your bags, too many clothing and accessories leads to more wrinkling. Once you reach your destination, more of the vacation is spent ironing, steaming, or sending clothing out to a professional cleaner. Instead of having to undo the damage done by being crammed in suitcases, choose articles of clothing that can be interchanged to create several different outfits. You’ll still have plenty to wear and not have to haul out an ironing board as often.
Being prepared is one thing. Overdoing it is another. Choose your clothing, accessories, and toiletries carefully and avoid packing too many things. Your trip will be less stressful, the luggage will be easier to manage, and you’ll have a better time.
Overpacking: 5 reasons it sucks was written by Ryan Thomas from Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting has guided thousands of whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek and throughout Colorado.
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