I’m getting ready to go on a vacation and while I’m looking forward to the trip, I can’t say that I’m too eager about packing my suitcase. Every time I go anywhere, I vow that this is the time I won’t over-pack. Alas, it turns out that every time I lie, because I tend to bring too much of everything. Vowing to make this time different, I checked for some tips on packing on Yahoo! Answers. Here’s what I found…
Many travelers in the Yahoo! Answers community recommend laying out everything you think you need for your trip and then putting half of it back. I’ve heard this one before. The theory is that you can actually get by with far fewer clothes than you think. You may imagine needing several pairs of pants, but you’ll probably be fine with just one. There is some truth to this, but consider the risk–spill something on your one pair of pants and you’re in bad shape.
Another interesting thread came from Hatterswidow, who asked for tips on packing clothes in a way that ensures they won’t wrinkle too badly. One person suggests folding clothes along their natural creases, and includes a stellar link from HowToDoThings.com. Another responder argues that rolling up clothes instead of folding them is the better option. I’ve tried both, and I have to say that rolling does work better for me. Other thoughts?
As for the actual clothes one brings, opinions will, of course, vary depending on where the traveler is going. But as this answer explains, it’s best to try to pack things you can mix and match. “Stick with classics,” it argues. I’ve find that to be good advice–you want clothes that won’t stick out because you’ll probably be wearing ‘em multiple times. So much for my “Who farted?” t-shirt.
What about you guys? Got any expert advice on packing for an extended trip? Any must-bring items that most people forget? Please leave a comment below, and I’ll see you in a few weeks.
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