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    Posted August 16, 2013 by
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    100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips

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    I Give Away My Clothing


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     DavidCrews says one of his go to tips for traveling is to pack old clothes while traveling and to donate them before returning home. This photo is from his June 2013 trip to Iquitos, Peru, where he donated most of his clothes to the natives. He says by doing so he was able to avoid washing his clothes and was able to make more room in this suitcase so that he could bring back more souvenirs.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    I always take decent but older clothing on my trips, especially heavy jeans, shirts, and shoes. As I get them dirty on the trip, I simply leave them behind with a note to have them washed and then donated to someone who needs them. Since I often travel in third world countries in South and Central America, this is always appreciated. I don't have to take the time to wash them, and this helps people in the areas I travel, plus I don't have to lug the weight of them back home. As a final bonus, it opens my pack or bag as I go, allowing room for items I buy or gather along my travels. It's a win-win that makes sense for me, especially as a solo traveler.
    This iReport is part of an assignment that we created with Travel + Leisure:  100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips
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