Have you ever paid an extra charge when you checked your luggage because it was over the weight limit? How about needing to check something at the gate when you wanted it in the cabin with you?
Over packing, not packing enough, and packing the wrong type of clothes are all a part of your travel packing mistakes. Here are five common packing mistakes you’ll want to avoid on your next adventure.
Packing for what might happen is a guaranteed way to over pack when traveling. You’ll likely have some idea of what your itinerary will include, so you shouldn’t be packing things for “just in case” scenarios. You may consider packing multi-purpose items that can be used in your “what if” scenarios.
For example, instead of bringing two jackets (one for rain and one for everyday use), consider something that serves both purposes. You might even think about bringing an umbrella rather than a second jacket. Umbrellas are available in most places, so purchasing one at your destination is an option if you’re really tight on packing space.
Check the Weather
Speaking of rain, what if rain isn’t even in the weather forecast? Why are you packing for rain if there’s no indication it will? Checking the weather forecast is another strategy to make sure you’re packing appropriately for your trip.
Let’s go back to the jacket example. If it is forecasted to rain, think about only bring the rain jacket to wear the whole time. Again, why bring two jackets when you can bring one that is multi-purpose?
Keep Important Items With You
It might be easier to have one piece of checked luggage and your personal item, but taking advantage of the additional cabin luggage can serve as a huge advantage in the event your checked luggage doesn’t make it to your destination the same time you do. The amount of lost luggage has decreased over the years, but there’s still a possibility it could happen.
Make sure you choose the best cabin luggage for your travel needs to insure you won’t be asked to check it at the gate. Also, separating items into your cabin and checked luggage can assist with any trouble you might have with over packing. Some items to include in your cabin luggage are medical prescriptions, a change or two of clothes, a set of travel size toiletries, a phone charger, your wallet and important travel documents, like your passport.
Pack More Efficiently
Even if you separate items into two different suitcases, you may find that you’re still stuffing your suitcase with all your traveling needs. It may not be a case of over packing but need a new packing strategy. There are certain tools and ways to pack your things that take up less room, so you can bring more.
Check out different types of packing cubes that are available to see which will help you be a more efficient packer. They come in several shapes and sizes to help organizing everything in your suitcase, so it doesn’t simply burst out as soon as you open it.
If you haven’t personally forgotten something important when traveling, I’m sure you know someone who has. One way to avoid forgetting important items is to make a list that you can refer to each time you travel. You can either keep the list on your cell phone if you carry it with you or laminate the list and keep it in your suitcase at all times.
With the help of these tips, you’re sure to become an expert packer that can handle any travel situation with ease. Some of the investments you make to be a better packer are worth it when you aren’t paying