7 Packing Mistakes You're Making and How to Fix Them

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7 Packing Mistakes You're Making and How to Fix Them

The stress of packing can be so overwhelming that it can make you not even want to go on vacation in the first place. But no! Nobody should ever have to sacrifice sunny skies for simple packing anxiety that can be solved with a few minor adjustments. Here are some packing mistakes you might be making—and just what to do to fix them.

You’re packing your bulky clothes.

Instead—wear them! It may not be the most fashionable, but wearing your bulky clothes on the days you fly clears up a lot of space in your bags.

You’re packing too many fun and flirty pieces.

A cute and flashy top is great for a night out, but when it comes to traveling, don’t pack clothing that can’t be re-worn, mixed, or matched. Stick with light-layered basics that give you the most bang for your buck.

You’re wasting money on travel-size products.

Instead, get yourself some small plastic bottles that you can transfer your regular shampoo, conditioner, body wash and any other products into. You’re not wasting money on a small product you’ll never use again, and you’ll get to stick with what’s familiar.

You’re not compartmentalizing.

Rather than just throwing everything into a suitcase, split your belongings up into what makes sense (underwear together, jeans together etc.) and put them into their own smaller bags. This keeps everything separate and under control, so you’ll always know where it is.

You’re folding, not rolling.

Make little cannolis out of as much clothing as possible. Roll up your shirts, jeans and dresses so they can tightly pack into every corner and crevice of the suitcase, making room for bulkier items like shoes.

You’re forgetting the boring stuff.

My motto is “Pack like your mom packed for you.” That means things like band aids, ibuprofen, wet wipes (especially useful after a sandy day at the beach), and small snacks. These are all things you don’t think of, but things that your mom would totally have if you needed them as a kid. I guarantee you’ll find yourself reaching for one of these things during the course of your vacation.

You’re not being realistic.

When it gets down to the wire, I find that I can suddenly start packing like it’s Armageddon. I want to prepare for every eventuality, and it ends up taking up a lot of valuable space. Be reasonable, be stingy. Have some essentials in your carry on in case your bags get separated, but other than that, there’s no eventuality that the basics you’ve packed wont get you through just fine. Plus, unless you're heading to a desert island, you should be able to buy anything else you truly need.