Avoid over packing by planning ahead
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Packing can often be a more difficult task than it seems. Whether you're preparing for a week-long stay in corporate housing or a more extended trip to a serviced apartment, deciding what to bring with you and what to leave at home is challenging. There are so many factors to take into consideration - weather, exercising, leisure activities, just to name a few - that it seems almost impossible not to over pack. However, with some smart planning, you can take only what you need to next time you travel.
Making sure you pack things that can be used more than once is among the most important aspects of avoiding over packing, The Huffington Post notes. For instance, you may want to pack shoes, shirts and pants that can be worn for a variety of functions, whether you find yourself out to lunch with a business associate or are unwinding at the bar after a long day. Experts also suggest packing clothes that can be mixed and matched so you don't have to bring a separate outfits, a move which can save you a great deal of space.
Over packing tends to occur when you try to get it all done at the last minute. Because you may not have the time to figure out exactly what you need, you'll bring whatever you think necessary, and in your haste, it might end up being too much. However, having a good plan to follow when packing can eliminate any of this uncertainty. Figuring out exactly what you'll need, and how much you'll need, will not only make the packing process go more smoothly but also reduce the chances of packing too much.
Stick to one bag
If you approach packing with no limits placed just how many bags you're going to bring, you'll be more inclined to bring some items that may not be necessities. Experts from TLC suggest taking just one carry-on bag and one checked bag with you. This way, you'll be more likely to focus on the essentials and less inclined to bring an extra pair of shoes or a large number of sweaters to choose from.