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6 Tips To Pack Like A Pro

While you can outsource all the planning and booking of your vacation to your favorite Travel Pro, there's one part you will tackle on your own... packing.

Packing for a trip can be stressful. You want to make sure that you have everything you need, but you also don’t want to overpack and have to deal with a suitcase that is too heavy to lift when you get to your destination. I'm leaving for a week in a couple of days and I'm already packed, so I thought I would share some tips to help you in your upcoming travels.

Here are my top tips for efficient packing:

Limit the shoes

They take up a lot of real estate in your bag and add weight. Try to keep it to no more than 3 pairs. I can hear the gasp from some of you as you read this, but stay with me for a bit longer.

Grab either a pair of boots for cool weather or a comfy sandal for hot destinations. Then either a cute heel or flat that works with any outfit for dinner. The last pair is your MUST-HAVE, a great pair of walking shoes. I tend to gravitate toward Crocs but I'm trying Teva sandals.

Never bring a new pair of shoes on your trip (I learned this the hard way). You want to enjoy sightseeing without dealing with blisters or sore feet.

Packing cubes

They are worth the hype. Yes, they are! These little gems can help you save space and stay organized. If you're going to have a lot of bulkier items, go for the compression cubes to create even more space.

Here are my favorites: compression cubes or compression bags

Skip single-use clothing

The easiest way to cut down on the bulk in your bag is to ditch clothes that can only be worn once. Dresses or one-pieces, choose items you are happy to wear again on the same trip. For separates, the trick is to pick a color palette and stick with it. Then mix and match your way into multiple outfits with the same few pieces. You can add accessories to create more differences. My favorite accessory is a good scarf.

While we are talking clothes, limit it to items that travel well. I don't care how much you love that one dress or top, if it wrinkles beyond redemption in a bag, leave it at home. You can always call ahead to make sure your destination has a way to iron out your clothes, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Plan ahead

The simplest way to make packing less stressful is to make a plan. Write a list. Start setting out your outfits and travel toiletries. Travel often? Do what I do, and keep a toiletry bag ready. Then just check it and replace what's needed before you go. I like the ones with hooks or handles to hang up in the bathroom.

Pack an empty bag

Fold down an empty duffle or tote into the bottom of your bag. Then you'll have extra space for the trip home. Either fill it with all the new stuff you picked up in your destination or simply enjoy not having to pack so tight for your return.

Wear it on your flight

Taking a dinner jacket? Need to take heavy boots? Whatever it is, put it on your body instead of in your bag. If it's heavy or awkward-sized, this is the way to go. I call it my layering method, plus I get cold on airplanes and this keeps me warm.

There you have it! My top tips for packing like a pro. Now that you know how to take the stress out of the preparation, let Sunriee Management take the stress out of planning. I help travelers with multi-generational travel, group trips on land, or cruises. My favorite locations are the Riveria Maya, and Jamaica but I'm also working on some travel to Europe. Stay tuned.

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