New luggage weight and carry-on baggage limits have pressured travelers to change their packing habits. People are packing lighter than ever, but even well-seasoned travelers make simple packing mistakes. Knowing what to bring and what to leave at home can be the secret to the perfect trip. Here are six common mistakes to avoid on your next vacation.
1.Packing clothes that need too much care
The last thing you want to be doing on a vacation is running to the dry cleaners, or ironing a linen pantsuit. Opt for simple, care-free clothes without tricky fasteners or stubborn zippers. Check clothes for stains and rips before you pack them. This can save you in the moment when on vacation and you see there is a slight tear or rip in the outfit you had planned for that evenings festivities.
2.Packing too much
Most travelers pack more than they need, even if they are trying to lighten their load. The secret is to pack a few key pieces that can be worn different ways. A simple skirt in a neutral color can be paired with many tops. That little black dress can be worn casual with sandals and a scarf, or formal with pearls and heels. Denim, often overlooked, can be paired with just about anything. Jeans are back and the designs are better than ever. Just make sure to invest in a good quality pair that can handle the trip and in a style that can be versatile enough to work into the rest of your vacation wardrobe.
3.Forgetting an extra set of clothes in your carry-on
Packing all of your clothes in your checked luggage can be a big and costly mistake. Luggage gets lost all the time. Pack at least one full outfit and an extra set of underthings in your carry- on bag. Better yet, pack light enough that you don’t need to check any luggage.
4.Not packing for the weather
Sure you want optimal weather for your beach-side vacation, but if you pack a bag full of bikinis, there’s sure to be a hurricane. The key here is to be prepared, but not over prepared. Pack for optimal weather, but bring one outfit that will work if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Lightweight rain gear and an umbrella is useful just about anywhere.
5.Packing all new clothes
It’s tempting to buy a string of new outfits before a big vacation. The problem with new clothes is that they take some time to get acquainted with. It’s safer to get to know your clothes on your home turf, before traveling. If you are traveling to new climates or areas, you never know how the clothes are going to react, especially after getting wet. If this is the route you want to take just make sure to put all the articles of clothing through wash at least once. You want to make sure the colors don’t bleed or that the clothing doesn’t shrink.
Thoughtful, lightweight packing can be the key to a successful vacation. Now that you know what to pack, it’s time to get started. Think of where you are going and what activities you have planned for the trip, make sure to have a pretty good idea of the outfits you want for each day or each activity and leave a little wiggle room for changes. Follow these plans and you are sure to have a memorable trip without any hiccups. Have fun packing and a great trip!