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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Confessions of an Over Packer

I’m an over packer.  I just can’t help myself.  I’m so bad about it that I even over pack to visit my parents knowing that I will do laundry and wear at least one thing from my mom’s closet while there.  My over packing issue typically isn’t a problem; my car has a trunk the size of a Cadillac.  Unless we are loading the car for our annual family vacation; then it is a problem.

There are so many articles out there offering advice on how to travel lighter.  There are things like: pack simple garments that you can mix and match and try to avoid packing things like hairdryers and electric razors.  But if I’m being completely honest, I’m not a mix and match kind of girl, and I like using my own hairdryer.  So here are a couple of things that I’m going to try to make the car less cramped this trip:

  •       Plan to do a couple of loads of laundry.  If the place we are staying offers laundry services, then bonus.  But if not, I will seek out a Laundromat and do a few loads of things like undergarments and running clothes.  It will only take a small amount of time, and it will beat having to hold a suitcase on my lap for 8 hours while riding in the car.
  •       Use travel size toiletries.  If I were to do that, I’d go from a large tub (seriously it is a tub) for makeup and toiletries to a small folding makeup bag.  If I run out, I will simply hit a Walgreens -- there’s one on every corner. 
  •       I won’t take so many toys.  I can work a bit ahead and then stay connected on my iPad, which is considerably smaller than a laptop.  Plus my books will be loaded onto my iPad.  More space saved.
  •       Finally, I won’t pack to capacity.  I will get over the fact that there will be empty space in my suitcase.  Just because it is there doesn’t mean I have to fill it.  Besides dirty clothes always seem to be bigger than the same items that are clean.  Plus I’m certain I will buy a thing or two.  Saving room for it in my suitcase means that Matt won’t have to make room for it somewhere else, and that will make for a happy Matt.
Vacation season is almost upon us.  How do you keep from over packing?  We'd love to know.  Just leave a comment below or on Facebook, Twitter, or G+.

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