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Traveling is a fun and enriching experience. For some it’s a source of relaxation. For others it’s an exhilarating, rejuvenating experience that makes them feel alive again. Sometimes it’s stressful, and sometimes not, but everyone gets something out of it. Unfortunately, everyone also needs to pack. Packing for a trip is never fun. While there’s the anticipation of what’s to come, it is frequently tarnished by the need to get your possessions in order and organized. Many are afraid they’re packing too little and stress out about their ability to fit clothes and perceived necessities into their bag.
However, it is important that you don’t overpack. Overpacking is just taking more than you need for a trip, but it carries with it subtle costs that won’t always be apparent when you’re trying to get ready to catch your train, boat or plane.
The first reason not to overpack is the excess weight fees. If you’re taking a plane, odds are you’re going to be charged if your luggage weighs too much. The best way to avoid this is to travel light. If you’re planning on a long trip, you can probably save money by shipping your items ahead instead of carrying them with you. Or bring basic clothes that you can easily glam up by accessorizing. For example, bring black maxi dress and necklaces that can make you look fabulous.
The second is fatigue. Weekend bags won’t tax your body nearly as much as full-fledged luggage; if you can, always try to downsize to your next-smallest bag, removing what you don’t need from the larger container.
Lastly is a matter of simple stress reduction. Overpacking is symptomatic of worry, but if you unpack your feelings of worry, you’ll be less likely to overpack and more likely to relax on your trip.