- Posted August 30, 2013 by
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100 Ways to Travel Better: Your tips
Things that take up space - dress shoes, jackets/sweaters, sneakers, accessories. Here are some ways to combat the bulk. What are you doing on your trip and what are you wearing. Many times for a weekend jaunt you can bring 1 pair of dress shoes to go with both nights attire. If not, many reconsider what you're bringing, and find an ensemble that can both work back to 1 pair of shoes. Jackets and sweaters are another thing that can work like this, for guys if you need a sport jacket for both nights, can you maybe bring one and change the look for different pants and shirt? Ladies, same thing, chances are if you're bringing it for a cool summer night you won't be wearing it the whole night and 1 will suffice. As far as gym shoes go, we all know exercise is important, but be honest are you REALLY going to go for a run on a weekend vaca with friends? It's probably likely if you're on a bachelor/bachelorette party, a good part of your day is planned out, ask yourself, "After a night out on the town, am I really going to get up and run or hit the hotel gym?" If the answer is no, leave the sneakers behind, they take up space and are heavy. If the answer is yes, look into getting a pair of the new sneakers that have the smaller soles and can fit in small places better.
In general things can be worn twice, if you're going up to a friend's lake house for a weekend, it's likely no one will care if you wear the same jeans for 4 nights and 2 pairs or shorts is plenty. If you're taking a soujourn through the beaches of Thailand, do you really need more than 1 nice outfit? Be honest with yourself about what the intent of the trip is. It's great to be ready for anything, but some things can do double duty.
Lastly, LIQUIDS! If you're staying with a close friend or at a hotel, use their shampoo/conditioner/body wash. Go to the drugstore and get the travel size toothpaste and hair products and try using the make up removing face wipes for a few days to cut back on a plastic baggie item! With a lighter suitcase and concise liquids you'll breeze through security quickly!
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