Packing the bags is the most important & probably the most confusing thing you need to do before moving to your vacations. Bags, if packed sensibly, can alleviate most of your headaches of carrying over-stuffed luggage & you can enjoy your vacation while carrying only those things which are utterly important. It’s always a good idea to concentrate more on site exploration & enjoying yourself than getting lost behind the piles of suitcases & backpacks! But there are few ‘Things You Should Never Pack For Your Vacation’.
Overpacking is not the sin to be honest & can be done from even the most frequent flying species of travelers as well. Here, we listed out the 10 most common culprits responsible for the excessive weight that you carry unnecessarily. Take a good look at them & keep them in mind so that you can avoid them in your next outing.
- Valuable Jewelry:
Carrying valuable jewelry while you are on vacation is certainly not a good idea as it can give you not only the headache, but also the heartache if you lost it or misplaced it while touring. Moreover, it may also divide your attention as the part of your mind will always remain concerned about the security of the valuables which may in turn, put limitations upon the enjoyment. So, let it be just a normal tour or a special occasion, leaving your family heirlooms safe in lockers is always advisable.
- Bottles of Liquids:
The full size containers & bottles of your daily shower can eat up noticeable space inside your bags. On top of that, there is always a danger of the liquid oozing out of containers to worsen the scenario. Carrying your stuff such as shampoo, conditioner & body wash in small travel bottles or straight away buying them on arrival will certainly save you from carrying oodles of weight. Carrying one-time use sachets of your necessary shower stuff is also an excellent idea to save the surprising amount of luggage space.
- Clothing not suitable to the nature of the vacation:
Cloths eat up most of the space in luggage. Keeping in mind number of days you are spending on your vacation & the nature of your tour will always prevent you from the temptation of loading your bags with an unnecessary pair of cloths. It’s always a good idea to carry neutral colored bottoms such as black, navy, brown or gray as these bottoms can go well with most of the colors of tops. Mixing & matching up the pairs of cloths can also make you to carry just enough clothes to fulfill all your fashion needs on the tour. However, avoid carrying cloths which require special care, especially if you are on a tour that demands frequent travelling from places to places. Rough-&-tough cloths are always the best option irrespective of the vacation type!
- Your regular cell phone service to save on roaming charges:
Although, this type of change in your routine may not save the space in your luggage, but will certainly put less pressure on your pocket & help you save lots of dollars. Calling as well as data streaming charges while you are on roaming can blow you up & disturb your entire planning. It’s always a good idea to buy a local SIM card upon landing or making conversation using much cheaper means such as ‘Skype’.
- Different electronic gadgets for serving different purposes:
Stuffing your bags with myriad electronic gadgets does not make you look like a gadget guru or techno junkie. Instead, it will put additional burden of carrying unnecessary pounds as well as taking extra precautions to avert the damages. Carrying a laptop for video chatting, a digicam for photography, iPods for music, e-reader for reading e-books, cell phone for conversation & blah blah…. It’s not going to work guys. Ideally, a smart phone or may be a tablet with average features will suffice. Keep in mind folks; you are on vacations to enjoy the time out & not to show off your gadget collection.
- Leave your wallet or purse at home & switch to smarter money belts:
Putting hand in your pocket for paying & finding nothing is the most horrible feeling in the world, especially when you are on tour. Pick pocketing is one of the worst dangers that you can face at any time, in any part of the world! Losing vital things such as passports, credit/ debit cards, & of course cash can turn your dream vacation into a total disaster in a jiffy.
To outplay most of the pocket pickers in the world, the money belt strapped around your waist is the best possible option. The money belt will simply act as a pouch hung around your waist, which will help you with the easy access of your essentials at the same time will keep it hidden from sight.
- A single set of keys:
Ever imagined what would happen the moment you are back from the tour & looking for the keys to open the door. All of a sudden you realize that you left your keys somewhere next to the night lamp in your hotel room you stayed during your vacation! Right, it would be a shocker. In order to save yourself from getting shocked right after returning back home, it’s always brainy to make a couple of copies of at least your main door keys & either keep them in different bags or the better option, hand over the copies to your family members accompanying you on the vacations!
- Unnecessary pairs of shoes:
Whatever was applicable to the pair of clothes, same holds good in the case of shoes as well! Stuffing your bag with the shoes which you are most likely, not going to use throughout the journey will be good only to eat up the space. Instead, carry a pair of comfortable shoes which you can use for multiple purpose & an extra pair for special occasions may be all that enough to spend the happy time on the vacations.
- Travel Guide books:-
Referring printed travel guides is a history now. The digital world empowers you to go paperless. You can obtain the detailed information including maps quite easily by downloading it onto your smart phones or tablets. Various apps made available by mobile companies are also handy to plan your trips which make you a smart traveler of the 21st century.
- A Bad Attitude:
Seriously folks, there is no reason to carry this thing along with you on your vacations. It’s your time, just be simple & calm, kick off the tensions, say goodbye to the bad attitude & enjoy the vacations!