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6 Packing Rules to Live By

Worldwide - Friday, March 6th, 2015

Deciding what to take and what to leave is one of the most difficult things about traveling. Some people opt to head out of town with little more than a pair of clean clothes and a credit card; others take everything but the kitchen sink. Some people even take that.

What you pack can only be determined by your individual needs and desires. However, it’s important to remember that – when it comes to traveling – less is typically more. This is especially true as it relates to your finances.

Per the Economist, several airlines have begun charging a carry-on fee while others charge for checked luggage. Thus the more you take, the more you’ll pay.

This isn’t to say that you should only bring the bare necessities, but it does mean you should think carefully about what items are essential and which are anything but.

The Everyday Rule

As you pack, one good trick to implement is the everyday rule: only take things you use on a daily basis. If you have a certain hair product that you use each morning, pack it. If you have a set of curlers that you only bust out for special occasions, leave it.

The Will They Have It Rule

Another point to keep in mind is whether or not the things you are packing will even be needed. In other words, will the place you’re staying already have one? Coffee makers, hair dryers and even the most common toiletries can be found in the vast majority of hotels.

The Medication Rule

Medicine, at least the kind you regularly use , should always be packed while traveling. Packing one container might not be enough. Asthma inhalers, EpiPens, insulin, allergy medicine, pain medicine, and any medication for a serious health problem are all things that it’s smart to double up on. The same goes for contacts and eyeglasses, as you never know what may happen on your adventure.

The Shoo the Shoes Rule

Some people pack as if they are going to a shoe convention: they literally bring all the footwear they own. The problem with packing shoes is that they are often bulky, taking up a ton of room. So, instead of packing a different pair for each day, pack no more than three pairs: one for comfort (such as flip flops), one for walking, and one for a dressier occasion.

The Valuable Rule

You may choose to travel with your valuables for a variety of reasons – maybe you’re going to Vegas and your grandfather’s Reggie Jackson signed baseball brings you good luck. However, unless you’re going on the Antique Roadshow, traveling with your valuables is usually not a smart idea.

From hotel break-ins, to lost luggage, to pickpockets, anytime you leave your home with your treasures in tow, you are setting yourself up to lose them. If you’re uncomfortable leaving them at your house while you travel, consider renting a safe deposit box.

The Count the Clothing Rule

Women tend to pack too many clothes for trips while men tend to pack too few. As you try to decide the number of t-shirts and pants you’re taking, ask yourself one thing: will you have access to a washing machine? If the answer is no – at least not easily – then take an outfit for each day; a swim suit; and one or two dress-up outfits (if you’re planning on needing any fancy attire). Packing a few extra pairs of underwear and socks is also advisable, particularly for young children.

Now that you know what to pack, get some inspiration for your next adventure by following along the travel writings of Dale Dunlop, The Maritime Explorer. Trekking across the globe, The Maritime Explorer shares the tale of his adventures from the world’s most beautiful and exquisite destinations. Whether you’re searching for guidance while planning your next trip or looking for a unique place to explore, follow The Maritime Explorer today!


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