21 Packing Mistakes to Avoid Before You Head to The Airport

Avoid 21 Packing Mistakes! Travel Packing Tips

21 Packing Mistakes to Avoid Before You Head to The Airport

As travellers it would seem we all have one thing in common, we all have or had to learn the hard way when it comes to packing before our holiday or vacation! I’ve had many disasters when traveling, which is why I’ve compiled the 21 most common packing mistakes and how you can avoid them before you head off to the airport! Some of the these will seem like no brainers but it’s amazing how many people make these mistakes.  Keep reading to discover 21 packing mistakes to avoid!  While your packing away also consider reading these 17 travel tips for sickness prevention and trip planning

# 1. Important Items that Don’t get packed

  • We often make the mistake of packing last minute or in a hurry. Or we think we have everything at the top of our heads instead of making a packing list. No packing list often results in important items being forgotten at home. Most common forgotten items are electronic chargers and socks.

How to Avoid:

  • Don’t forget to create a packing list and mark off everything as you pack your items.
  • Don’t throw away your packing list, instead bring it with you to make sure you don’t forget anything in your hotel

# 2. Over Packing - (biggest offender of packing mistakes to avoid)

  • By far, over packing tops the list of packing mistakes. the main reasons over packing causes problems. Your luggage becomes heavy and bulky and hard to drag around the airport. Every airline has weight limits on checked bags and the fees are very expensive for overweight luggage. you end up with way more clothes than you’ll ever wear and a mountain of laundry to do when you get home! I’m absolutely guilty of all three mistakes. I’ve been caught many, many times shuffling my stuff around so my bags weren’t too heavy. Even now when I’m packing light I find that I only wear about half of what I packed.

How to Avoid:

  • Count out how many days you will be gone and only pack that number of undergarments. If you for some reason run out they can always be washed I the sink and hung up overnight. It also helps to roll your undergarments and tuck them around the sides in your luggage to make more room.
  • Pre-plan your outfits instead of randomly packing a bunch of clothing items that you’ll never wear together. It helps to colour coordinate or stay with neutrals so you can mix and match your outfits.
  • You most likely won’t be out hitting the town as much as you think you will so packing the extra fancy clothes is most likely unnecessary. Try to stick to just a couple of outfits or nice dresses. There is no harm in wearing something twice if need be. After all you’re on holiday and nobody knows you or will even notice!
  • Cardinal rule, if you can live without it don’t bring it!

# 3. Packing too Many Shoes

  • It goes without saying that if your packing your whole wardrobe than your most likely packing every pair of shoes to match. Big mistake and here is why. Too many shoes make your bag heavy and can cause your luggage to be overweight. Shoes take up a lot of space in your luggage and chances are you most likely won’t even wear them. Guilty as charged again. In fact, I should take my own advice even though I’ve cut down, I still managed to pack to many shoes on my last trip away.

How to Avoid:

  • Pick just a couple of pairs of comfortable shoes in neutral colours that will match all your outfits. Flat shoes and sandals fit nicely around the edges of your luggage for space saving.
  • Tip – I save the dust bags when I purchase a new handbag and use them to put my shoes in when packing. It helps keep my clothes clean away from the dirty bottoms of my shoes.

# 4. Packing Too Much Jewellery and Accessories

  • It’s only natural that you pack all your belt’s scarves and jewellery since you took so much care in emptying out your closet into your luggage. Packing your whole jewellery case takes up a lot of space and weight, which you most likely won’t even wear! Your jewellery often gets tangled, twisted and broken by the time you get to your destination. Tourist often stick out like a sore thumb wearing to much jewellery especially fine jewellery makes you a target for theft and mugging. Your never really going to wear or use all those accessories they take up space and weight. And Yes! it really does happen, I’ve been mugged, ripped off and have spent countless hours untangling necklaces that bounced around in my luggage.

How to Avoid:

  • I personally only bring the jewellery that I am wearing on my person and nothing more.
  • Keep your jewellery to a minimum and ask your hotel ahead of time if they have a safe in the room.
  • Chances are you only need one belt, one scarf and one handbag all the rest is well, just extra baggage!

# 5. Trying to Pack the Whole Bathroom and Medicine Cabinet!

  • For most women leaving behind all our treasured beauty products is unthinkable. And God forbid we even think of going away without dumping every possible over the counter drug we think we might need. Filling our bags with full size shampoos, face cream, tablets and so on takes up a lot of space and a lot of weight!

How to Avoid:

  • Back to the cardinal rule, don’t pack what you can live without.
  • Most of your favourite premium face creams and hair products come in travel sizes. I’m a huge fan of Clinique, Este Lauder and Aveda. They often have specials when you spend so much you get a free gift which includes all your sample sizes that I save just for travel.
  • Never bring full size, everything these days can be purchased in travel size and unless you need something special take advantage of what the hotels have to offer.
  • Don’t bring the whole package of over the counter medications with you. Tip – you can purchase those 7-day pill holders and place you tablets in them to minimize space.

# 6. Toiletry disaster and the Missing Plastic Bag

  • A lot of people including myself think if something is closed or has not been opened yet will be safe to just toss in your luggage. Or sometimes we stuff the plastic bag so full it does not close completely and by the time you arrive at your destination everything in your entire luggage is full of leaky toiletries!

How to Avoid:

  • Make sure you put all toiletries including makeup in plastic zip lock bags and make sure they are completely sealed and not over stuffed. It helps to double bag them for more security!
  • Place electrical tape over the tops of any open spouts or sides of products that have been previously opened to avoid any leakage.

# 7. Over Packing your Carry on - (my biggest packing mistakes to avoid)

  • Right along with over packing your luggage we often try to carry to much with us onto the plane. And just like our checked luggage, carryon’s have weight limits and limits as to how many you can have.

Read More Great Tips:  No, I do not travel with a carry-on.  And I am Proud of it!

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How to Avoid:

  • Pack the essentials of what you will need while flying and what you might need as soon as you land and try to organize in one small to medium bag.
  • Don’t overdo it on the clothes in fear of losing luggage, you only get bogged down carrying it around and rarely does luggage get lost and when it does the airline delivers it to your door. I would recommend bringing one extra outfit just in case and check the rest.
  • Make sure any liquids especially chap stick is put into plastic bags. Pretty much anything loose in your bag should go in a plastic bag and played out when going through security screens as this make the experience go a little smoother and faster.

# 8. Packing Valuables and Electronics in Luggage

  • I’ve seen so many people pack away their valuables and electronics in their luggage only to arrive at their destination with lost, stolen or damaged items.

How to Avoid:

  • Always pack your valuables and electronics in your carry-on bag.
  • You can always pack your charges and cords in your luggage to decrease extra bulk in your carry-on.

# 9. Packing the wrong clothes -  (very common packing mistakes to avoid)

  • Not checking the weather or the culture for international travel can make things hinder some for you. Don’t assume what the weather is going to be like. I once was on a trip and packed all my spring clothes only to arrive in a freak snow and ice storm and had to buy a whole new wardrobe.

How to Avoid:

  • Do some research on the culture for international travel so that you can dress accordingly! You might find that your underdressed or even overdressed depending on where you’re going.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave.

# 10. Buying a whole new wardrobe - (We all do this packing mistakes to avoid)

  • I know it can be exciting to get away or you’re going somewhere special. I have spoken to loads of women who go out and buy new wardrobes for their holiday or vacation. The problem is, your new clothes don’t always fit the same as they did in the store and their not comfortable. Most likely you won’t wear most of them and they’ll only end up hanging in your closet collecting dust! Save the money to spend on your trip.

How to Avoid:

  • Stick with what you’re comfortable with, your old trusty clothes will actually be more comfortable than the new ones.
  • Set aside clothes specifically for going away that you don't wear regularly.  They will seem like new clothes to you!  

# 11. Packing your dirty clothes with clean clothes to come home

  • Some hotels have laundry bags in the rooms but not all of them do so you end up coming home with a suitcase full of stinky clothes. Much of which you most likely have not even worn.

How to Avoid:

  • Make sure to bring a laundry bag or some sort of bag for your dirty items so they don’t get mixed in with your clean stuff. I often use an old dust bag from a handbag purchase. It does the job nicely and I just throw it in the wash with my clothes to use the next time I travel.

# 12. Your luggage is so over packed and no space for souvenirs.

  • Often we are so busy packing the kitchen sink that we forget to leave room for our souvenirs and we end up having to ship things home or stuff extra’s into our carry-on.

How to Avoid:

  • Leave a little space in your luggage for any goodies you may find on your trip
  • Leave some extra space in your carry-on for any breakable items you may need to carry.

# 13. Uh Oh, You’ve packed to many bags! 

  • I see people all the time having to shell out some cash, which is not cheap because they have too much luggage or to many carry- ons. I have been guilty of this myself. One extra piece of luggage could cost you a couple hundred!

How to Avoid:

  • Make sure you check with your airline carrier to see what the allowance is on the number of bags that can be checked and how many carry-on items you can have. While you’re at it check to see what the weight limits are as well. Each airline has different rules and their not all the same including international travel.

# 14. Absolutely starving by the time you arrive

(another packing mistakes to avoid I see all the time)

  • While some airline have the best intentions in all honesty the food is sometimes not that good and or you just can’t bring yourself to eat it. For shorter flights you may not even get offered a snack. What’s worse is being delayed or missing a flight especially when it’s late and all the food courts are closed.

How to Avoid:

  • Always keep a small bag of snack in your carry on for those just in case moments. If it turns out you don’t need them, you always have snacks in your room so they won’t go to waste!

# 15. You’re travelling internationally but your taxi doesn’t except credit cards! - (very common packing mistakes to avoid traveling abroad)

  • In many countries the taxi’s only except cash. Don’t assume the currency kiosk will be available or open when you land. Also depending on where you are travelling to cash machines might not always be available and they come with additional charges that can be avoided.
credit cards

How to Avoid:

  • Always make sure you carry some cash in the nomination of the country you are visiting!

# 16. Your asked to step aside for search at airport security

  • We often put out our clothes the night before we head to the airport, but we sometimes don’t think when we’re getting dressed what will get through the scan. After waiting in long lines and in a hurry to get to our gate, we get pulled aside and searched and rescanned until we are completely metal free and cleared. Sound familiar?

How to Avoid:

  • If you can live without a belt, leave it!
  • Make sure you are completely metal free, (unless of course you have metal implants) Rings and necklaces are often no problem.

# 17. You’ve lost your passport or wallet

  • An expat with no identification. It happens, whether you’ve been the recent victim of a pick pocket or just plain lost your wallet. Being out of the country with no identification can be a scary and stressful experience.

How to Avoid:

  • Never pack all your things together or carry them together for that matter. Keep your cash separate and not altogether. Leave your passport in the room safe or and try not to walk around with a wallet in your back pocket.
  • b. Backup protection – you send yourself and email or use drop box for your important documents that can be easily accessed by phone or computer should you find yourself in a situation where your cash and identification have gone missing. This will help the process of getting home a bit smoother.

# 18. Can’t find your bag in luggage claim?

(very common packing mistakes to avoid)

  • A lot of luggage looks alike and often there are trends in colours such as greens and especially black. The luggage circles around and round but you can’t seem to find yours.

How to Avoid:

  • Put colourful ribbon, stickers or any identifiable thing you can find on your luggage so you can spot it easier.
  • When you purchase luggage try to stay away from traditional colours and pick something unusual that will stand out.

# 19. You’ve fallen down and you can’t get up!

  • All joking aside, emergencies do happen and when you least expect them. What do you do when you’re travelling internally?

How to Avoid:

  • Before you leave for your trip look up all the emergency numbers and keep them handy when you’re out and about.

# 20. Broken - (my second biggest packing mistakes to avoid)

  • Any number of things can go wrong while your away. Missing buttons, torn clothes, broken zippers etc.

How to Avoid:

  • Always pack a small travel sewing kit for buttons or tears.
  • A roll of black electrical tape does wonders! I broke a brush once and taped her up and it was as good as new till I arrived back home. It also works well for broken zippers on luggage.
  • Always pack a small first aid kit for minor skin breaks

# 21. The unfortunate crying babies

  • It just can’t be avoided and c’mon you’d cry too if the pressure was building up in your ears and you couldn’t pressurize yourself.

How to Avoid:

  • Pack a set of earplugs. These are provided on most international flights but you will need to bring your own on shorter flights.

Now that I’ve exhausted you with this long list of packing mistakes to avoid, I leave you with one last piece of advice. Always fuel up your car the night before your travel! You’ll thank me for this when you arrive back home from you holiday or vacation and your more exhausted than you are now reading this post! You’ll be ready to get back in your car and go straight home to put your feet up!

Now that your all packed check out 14 Travel Safety Tips That Will Bring you a Piece of Mind!

 

 
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    • Tay
    • October 9, 2016
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    Great tips, thanks for sharing!

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    I pack in a bright purple suitcase or a fire engine red backpack. That used to be enough to set them apart, but more and more people have caught on to carrying brightly colored bags. Now I put bright luggage tags and ribbons on my already bright bags! 🙂
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      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 18, 2016
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      I Love it! Love bright colors! I used to use gaudy Christmas bows until someone else had the same ones on the same luggage. Even though I so far have not seen luggage like mine, I still put bright yellow hazard stickers all over it just for fun 🙂

    • Deni
    • October 18, 2016
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    Yay! It seems like I’ve passed your packing checklist! Although, I completely didn’t think to bring my packing list with me to my accommodations! I tend to use the triple-checking technique to make sure I don’t forget power cords or shower things. That would definitely help me seem less neurotic!! To add another tip here too: Have a packing staple list. In other words, have a list that details each “staple” item: hair, beauty, make-up, electronics, shirts, pants, dresses, swim suits, etc. Be sure to add the obvious travel essentials to the list, like your passport and boarding pass. I travel at least 6 times a year, and still somehow have managed to forget my passport 3 separate occasions. Better to have an eyeroll at a list than scrambling in your purse!
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      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 18, 2016
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      My Jimmy does the same, He checks his backpack about a gazillion times to make sure our passports and stuff are all there! Which is comical since his travel backpack always holds our travel documents and are never really unpacked. I agree with double checking because scrambling through my purse is a nightmare 🙂

  4. Reply

    Great tips! I always bring earplugs, snacks and few plastic bags for dirty clothes and so on. I always overpack too, but there’s no help haha 🙂
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      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 18, 2016
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      Thanks Maja, Plastic bags is a good idea! I usually stuff my dirties in an old purse duster bag but I think plastic would be better since they contain any smelly old clothes 🙂

  5. Reply

    Some great advise here! I’m actually a pretty good packer and do it in 10 mins flat the night before I go but my last trip I forgot something for the first time in forever and as you predicted it was electrical … the plug adaptor! Luckily I grabbed one for $5 when I got there so no disaster. Oh and I always take too many shoes. It’s my weakness lol

  6. Reply

    Even though I have become somewhat of a packing expert after years of traveling, I still struggle on how much to carry when I am traveling. Sometimes there will be not enough clothes. I have improved over the years but there is still lots of scope for improvement. Lots of great tips.
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      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 18, 2016
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      Thank you Soumya, After a good 20 years of traveling I still struggle myself with wanting to take everything with me. I’ve got it widdled down to one small carry one size luggage (which I actually starting checking since it’s easier than lugging around the airport) and the biggest handbag I can find stuffed full of goodies!

  7. Reply

    After 4 years on the road I seem to be already doing a lot of these. Though I could do with learning to pack a bit lighter, I think the only solution though is a smaller backpack!! It’s surprising though how many people do all of these though, but I guess it’s something that over a lot of time you learn. Great tips 🙂

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 18, 2016
      Reply

      Thanks Clare, It is amazing to see and hear about the packing mistakes from friends and family and the stories are quite funny but I think for those who don’t really travel often this post is most useful. Even though I myself still do some of the same silly things.

  8. Reply

    Haha, love these tips. Except for #5 I can relate to many points. Luckily I learned from my mum to put a colorful something on the handles of my luggage so I find it quite quickly 🙂

  9. Reply

    Great tips, I for one I am a nightmare packer every season I work abroad and every season I over pack and I know better, lol I know that I can get toiletries from abroad I just do it out of habit lol.
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      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 19, 2016
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      I do the same 🙂 even though I know Better. But I have to say compared to 5 – 10 years ago I am much better!

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    I can swear on making packing list before starting to pack. it makes things so much easier and you are sure you will never forget any of the important things at home. I have actually found a very useful app which does the list for you, all you have to do is answer a few questions. 🙂
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      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 19, 2016
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      Thanks for your feed back Joanna, I really should make a packing list and I always have good intentions and have a procrastination problem of packing at last second! I will take a look for the app, it would actually be really helpful!

  11. Reply

    These are such great tips! I specially agree with #18 – putting a bright ribbon on my suitcase has made finding it so much faster! I struggle a bit with not over packing though haha. Still need to work on that one!

  12. Reply

    Yes, I’m guilty of some of these. I always weigh my luggage to make sure I don’t bring more than allowed. But picking clothes is really hard. I always want to bring because. Just so I can have a choice on holiday for what I want to wear. And I usually pick ‘sunny’ clothes. Even though it’s quite cold at the location!

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    Helpful, useful advice about packing. I’m not that great at it but I do try to make sure that I pack only as much as I can carry without assistance. I can’t assume that anyone will help me with my luggage so I have to try to be independent. One suggestion about the passport: make copies of the front page with the numbers. Keep one copy on your person and another copy at home so, if the passport were to be stolen, it can be more readily replaced.

  15. Reply

    You have covered just about everything anyone would need! Thanks for the super list.

  16. Reply

    Over packing is something I need to avoid. Very well listed, I particularly liked the suggestions in how to avoid section.

  17. Reply

    These are some great tips. I think I pass the test for most of these as I normally pack pretty lightly anyway. But, I definitely do always buy new outfits for holidays, I can’t resist 😉

  18. Reply

    I usually follow all the tips mentioned here and I am a light packer myself. So was able to relate to most of them. Well found some extra tips as well. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Reply

    Great list! I always pack ahead of time and have normal packed and unpacked about 3 times the week before my trip so I feel sure about everything. I travel carry on only so its easy and I always have everything in specific places so stuff doesnt get lost!

  20. Reply

    Very good advice and you cover some of the classics plus many of those most people wouldn’t think of. Agree on so many of these including the shoes and belt. If you’re not meeting the queen, two pairs of shoes, total, should do.

    • blair villanueva
    • October 27, 2016
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    I still need to remind myself that I should not over packed. I always carry ziplock bags and extra bags (that comes in a handy foldable style) in case I got some shopping items to carry back home. Thanks for your awesome tips!

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    I usually have two carry ons and they are both always overweight! It’s impossible for me to keep the weight of my carry on down when I travel as my cameras and lenses are far too heavy. I agree with you though about the shoes and clothes. We all tend to pack way too much.

  22. Reply

    Excellent post! We always bring earplugs (just in case) and snacks (airplane food sucks). Our passport copies are safely stored on drive in the case of the emergency. I was carrying paper copies before, but I do not do that anymore.

  23. Reply

    These are great tips. You only need a leaky cream to get all over your stuff once before you forget to bring the bag again! I also agree with the list and laying everything out! I do these before every trip and it works!

  24. Reply

    Really love this list. Very essential for travelers like us 🙂

      • durhamslovelifetravel
      • October 28, 2016
      Reply

      Thank you Sudipto! 🙂

  25. Reply

    These are all fantastic tips! I used to be a major overpacker… I would always pack for the ‘what if’ moments, which never happened. Now, just as your tip suggests, I always pre-plan my outfits so I pack just the right amount. Plus I always make a list! The amount of times I’ve forgotten my toothbrush in the past is silly! Not anymore!!

  26. Reply

    I have both underpacked and over packed. Once, to the extent you talked about where I ended up leaving behind some of my own things to fit souvenirs! I am also guilty of over filling the plastic toiletry bag. I always get a disapproving look from the airport staff!

  27. Reply

    I don’t usually buy things for the vacation, I mean clothing or stuff like that. I usually buy a plenty of stuff from there where I’m going to. I don’t really know why though, I guess everything is so expensive here in Finland so I want to save my money to be spent over at the destination haha!

    • Nya
    • October 28, 2016
    Reply

    I am reading these and I have to admit I’ve had already most of these issues when traveling, so definitely these tips will become in handy 🙂 So many thanks for sharing!

  28. Really helpful and useful tips to follow. Every single time I´m about to go on a trip, I do at least three mistakes. Every single time even I already said I won´t do that again xD

  29. Reply

    Never thought of having a packing list. I’m a last minute packer and I always forget to carry something important AND leave stuff in hotel rooms. Definitely coming up with a list for my next trip! Thanks for the tips.

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    Great tips! I always wrote out a list. keeps my head focused! I tend to take a few items of clothing that I could use on a few differnt outfits then I tend to not over pack. Ree Love30

  32. Reply

    Such a comprehensive list of tips to make sure that you’re pretty much covered with everything when you travel! We’ll be travelling next month with the kids in tow and I’m literally ticking off things from your list haha!

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    The packing cardinal rule sticks in my mind: If you can live without it, don’t bring it. Great advice! Thanks 😀

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    This is so helpful! I am leaving for the airport in about 3 hours! Will definitely use your advice :)!

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    Great read. Great to know this list. Surely very helpful. Man Of Wanders’

    • Jenni Petrey
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    Loads of great tips, am sure they will help novice travelers. My grandfather taught me how to pack a suitcase, he was a master at it.

  38. Reply

    so many of them sound so familiar :p

    • Vyjay
    • November 19, 2016
    Reply

    Nice, practical tips, for us always the dilemma is what to carry and what to leave. Always need to balance between necessity and luxury.

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    Hahaha, your post is hilarious. Even more so because 85% of the points happened to me and (at least now) they are funny memories. You know, if you have too much in your backpack and you fall down, you actually can’t get up either.. We once went backpacking in Peru and part of it was through the jungle and I slipped from the fallen tree that we were walking on. Because my backpack was so happy, I fell down and couldn’t get up on my own haha. At least I fell on sth soft.. With a lighter backpack I would have been able to keep my balance! X
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    • Emma
    • November 19, 2016
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    Great checklist here! I always make a list when packing and check things off! Aaaand I always pack too many shoes!

    • Sahar
    • November 20, 2016
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    The tips are all good! The last time I travelled I carried the most minimal luggage and boy what a relief it was! No stress about exceeding the luggage limit nor waiting for luggage at the conveyor belt. I wish I could travel like that always!

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    This is why it is really essential to use to do list. Aside from being able to make sure things have done neatly, you’ll also won’t miss a thing at all. and i am pretty sure many are guilty of those mistakes.
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    I can’t tell you how many times a packing list has helped us and saved us from forgetting some important things on our trips! Luckily, we aren’t having to travel for the Thanksgiving season as we are hosting. However, I hope everyone has safe travels and gets to enjoy the season! Great list!
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    • Laura
    • November 23, 2016
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    After 2 years of solid travel, I’m pretty good at this now. I have sent quite a bit of excess stuff home over that time though!

    • Helene Cohen Bludman
    • November 23, 2016
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    I need to print this out and refer to it next time I travel. GREAT tips!

  42. Reply

    I’m a big time list person. I feel out of control, if I don’t have a list handy.
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    I really like how you gave us the examples and then told us how we can fix them. Very helpful!!!
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    • Wren
    • November 23, 2016
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    Thanks so much for sharing these traveling tips. I always end up over packing my checked back and I have to sit on it to close it and usually it is shoes or the over packing of my bathroom stuff. I will have to remember these tips for the next time I travel.

  44. Reply

    This is all great advice. I always overpack. I’m working on that.
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    • Elizabeth O.
    • November 24, 2016
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    These are great tips! It’s good to have a list of things that you’re going to need on the trip. Aside from that, packing ahead of time will do you so much good, without a doubt.

  45. Reply

    What a great list even for the seasoned traveller. Having a reminder is always great.

    • angie
    • November 24, 2016
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    with the holidays here I am sure that these tips will be needed by many. Thanks for offering the problem and then the solution as well
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    Before I pack my things for a trip, I do a little research about the place first. I then make a list of the things that I might need! These are all essential tips, especially for people who are traveling to a different country for the first time.
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    This is one of the best travel tips posts I’ve seen. My main things are to pack snacks and never over pack.
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    • ellie
    • November 24, 2016
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    Oh my gosh, I need this post! I’m terrible at packing, I end up leaving it until the last minute and then panicking that I have everything I need… I also always over-pack lol! Great tips!

    • Darina
    • November 24, 2016
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    Thanks for sharing these tips, very handy for someone like me that doesn’t travel much.

  48. Great reminders and suggestions. I’m a big fan of having a printed packing list. That way I don’t forget anything. And can bring or leave whatever I do or don’t need.
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    I don’t travel that much because I hate to fly however I will be using some of these tips when I travel locally 🙂

    • Rosey
    • November 26, 2016
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    I do one carry on with an extra outfit. I only had my luggage lost once, but it was my wedding dress, lol. It showed up, just in time.

    • JanD
    • November 26, 2016
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    I had to laugh when you said packing the whole medical cabinet. I don’t know what is with the human mind that we feel we need to overload ourselves with every single thing in order to enjoy our time away.
    Very indepth post thanks.

    • Lindsey
    • November 27, 2016
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    I am a horrible overpacker! Love your tips

    • Agnes
    • November 27, 2016
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    These are very helpful tips. I am the queen on overpacking and packing too many shoes which I don tend up wearing.

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    Lots of great tips here! I think over the years of travelling between UK and my home country I became more and more organised and now I can say I mastered the art of packing my suitcases 😀

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    Great advice. I pack essentials only, it always surprises me how people over pack and always hold up lines.

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    These are all great tips which I apply when I am traveling. Actually, I just started packing for my European vacation and was overpacking boots. I quickly corrected that situation.

  53. I am always the one that gets pulled to one side by security. Perhaps I look suspicious or perhaps it is the under wire of my bra.
    Thanks for sharing some great mistakes and then how to avoid them.
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    Great list! My husband travels for a living and I still need some help with packing his clothes. Thanks for sharing!

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    On our first big international vacation, I definitely overpacked. I brought several nice outfits for restaurants and going out at night, but we never ended up stopping at the hotel to change before the evening. I learned several packing lessons on that trip!

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    I am about to leave for NYC/DC tomorrow, and I am definitely a last-minute packer (even though I travel fairly regularly). These are all great tips! I am especially fond of having a packing list around when I pack whether I am leaving for my destination, or home. I hate leaving things behind.

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    I can totally attest to the fact that a sewing kit is super useful! I love all these tips- everyone always thinks they have everything they need and have packed for all contingencies, but it’s so useful to have a list like this!

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    Wow! What a thorough list! I couldn’t agree more about packing light – if you don’t need it leave it at home! This is especially true when you travel with kiddos. When you multiply overpacking times multiple family members – you have a real recipe for disaster!

    What to do? I love your idea of packing outfits and not random stuff – that is the perfect start! We also plan on laundry….I’d rather do a little laundry each night that lug stuff around, but to each his own. A laundromat in another country can be an interesting cultural experience, too. 🙂
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    Great tips. I used to be bad at overpacking but now I’m pretty good. Shoes is always an issue, unless it’s a massive trip I opt for what I’m wearing and one additional pair x
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    I’m a five Ps girl when it comes to packing – Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance! 🙂

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    So much good advice here. I do overpack but i never ever take jewellery with me anywhere x
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    This is a really great and thorough list of tips! I tend to be a terrible over-packer and really need to watch that when I travel. I am very good about using a packing list and obsessively checking it, however!
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    Great tips. I usually pack far too much when we go on holiday!
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    Some really great tips for packing. I always seem to overpack and somehow forget one thing! x
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    Some really great tips! I think a lot of people will find good use from these.

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    This is such a helpful post, I always end up overpacking shoes, especially heels and half the time I don’t even wear them xx

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    Some very helpful advice, I haven’t been on holiday in ages but will keep this post in mind
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    Great packing tips. I do try to pack the essentials and find making a list is very helpful to make sure I don’t miss anything.
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    Great tips here! I try and not pack the most important bits too and keep those for my hand luggage x
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    I always do a packing list & I always pack in advance! Nothing worse than holiday packing stress! xo

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    Fantastic tips! We’re heading to Mexico next year and will bear these in mind especially the ‘over packing’ one!
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    What great ideas and really handy things I sort of know I should do already

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    An absolutely fabulous post! I am guilty of so many of these and so have screenshot your advice for my next trip! Thank you for some fantastic advice

    • Sam Jeffery
    • December 28, 2016
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    Now this is an incredibly helpful post! I wish I was going away soon, but no luck!

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    I am a terrible culprit of packing too many shoes – luckily otherwise I’m a great packer, and normally only take hand luggage even for a week long trip!

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    OMG!! This article is just perfect formy mom!! She tends to over pack a lot. She has a habit to keeping things she thinks she or someone might need.

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    Isn’t it weird how you pack light and thing you are doing good and then find a bunch of things you didn’t wear at all. I also find it obnoxious when tiny little travelers tell me how to pack 200 items in their carryon suitcases and 100 of them are makeup – mind you I can’t fit in 100 pieces of clothing regardless so I am guessing their idea and mine are totally different. Being older requires slightly more coverage than a youngster will need so my clothes are heavier and bulkier. This was nice and realistic.

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