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Drop the Unnecessary Baggage: 8 Things You Should Stop Packing

Packing can be one of the most stressful parts of traveling. Having an overstuffed luggage is not only bad for your back, you might also end up paying thousands for overweight luggage. What’s worse is you won’t have space for pasalubong and souvenirs for your trip back!

So, if you’re preparing for a trip, here are eight things that you should stop packing:


1. Too many outfits

Too many outfits

You want to be stylish? Take this as a challenge. It might be a shame for you to repeat #OOTDs consecutively but you don’t want to waste precious luggage space.

Learn how to mix and match your clothes to create a whole new outfit. Accessorize with a light weight scarf or other items that don’t take a lot of space.

2. Bath Towels

Do you really want to lug around a wet towel? Bath towels are bulky, and they add unnecessary weight to your luggage. Besides, more often than not, hotels and resorts will provide you with towels during your stay.

3. Excessive makeup

Excessive makeup kit

We understand that you want to look beautiful but do you really think you’re going to use all of that? Ditch the giant bottles and bring only the essentials. Sometimes less is more.

4. Umbrellas

Did you know that you’re not allowed to hand carry a regular sized umbrella? If you’re traveling to a particularly rainy destination then fine, pack a handy foldable umbrella. But if you’re packing it “just in case” even if the weather says otherwise, then leave it out.

5. Too many gadgets

Too many gadgets

We’ve come to terms with the fact that we can’t leave home without our cellphones, but we should put a limit to everything else. No matter how lightweight your gadgets are, they still could take a lot of space.

If you’re not on a business trip, do you really need a laptop?  Do you really need that extra lens for an Instagram photo? Packing too much gadgets will also make you an easier target for theft, so, leave it!

6. More than one pair of jeans

Jeans are one of the bulkier items in our closet. At the same time, it’s one of the most versatile and useful.

If you’re going on a short trip, don’t bother packing more than one. Jeans don’t need to be washed after one use and nobody will care that you’ve use it consecutively!

7. Books

Bringing books in luggage

Fine, it’s always good to have a book in handy especially during long layovers and lazy days by the beach. But more often than not, you’ll be too busy or too tired to read more than a page.

If you’re the type who religiously catches up on reading, make sure you pack a pocketbook — nothing hardbound and heavy.

8. Things you can find at the destination

It’s fine to pack some snacks on your trip in case you get hungry. However, there’s a difference with being prepared and going overboard.

It’s also a good idea to cut down on bringing items such as fully stocked toiletries. Chances are those items will come free with at your hotel and if not, you can buy a travel sized one at your destination.

Of course, what you pack is highly dependent on where you’re going and how long you’re staying. Make sure to go as light as possible, but don’t forget to bring the important things!

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