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10 Ways to Pack Lighter When You Travel

Tighter security and hefty baggage fees at the airport mean travelers are packing lighter. Here's how to lighten your load.

By Janice Lieberman from readersdigest.com
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    If you are traveling and want to pack lighter to avoid tight security and hefty fees at the airport…you're not alone. Suitcase.com just released the results of their survey and found 57.4% of travelers are packing lighter and 56.5% plan to check fewer bags. We asked Suitcase.com for 10 ways to beat the baggage game. Read on.

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    1. Choose smaller luggage

    Whenever possible, use a smaller suitcase or duffel bag. The bigger the bag, the more things you tend to pack to fill it. Remember, just because you purchase a lighter bag doesn’t mean you should buy a bigger suitcase than you will need.

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    When planning your attire for the trip, create a packing storyboard that outlines each event, meeting and activity on your trip. Then research temperatures at your destination. That way, you can plan exactly what you’ll need to wear and can eliminate over packing.

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    3. Make a list and check it twice:

    Make a list of all the items you plan to take on your trip. Then, review the list and narrow it down to the necessities.

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    Jeans can weigh more than khakis and dress pants, and tennis shoes can weigh more than your favorite clogs.

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    Pack a basic color palette for pants and tops, especially for business travel. Then use colorful accessories, such as scarves, ties, jewelry, belts etc., to change up and mix and match your outfits every day.

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    6. Don’t over pack

    Easier said than done, but it’s important to leave your just-in-case clothes home. Just because your hotel has a gym, don’t pack your workout clothes if you don’t even exercise at home.

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    7. Slim down the toiletry case:

    Invest in smaller bottles and use the bathroom supplies, such as shampoo, soap, mouthwash, hair dryer etc., provided by the hotel to keep your toiletry case light. Also, keep a separate toiletry case just for traveling that includes travel-sized bottles, and make sure it’s easily accessible when going through airport security.

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    8. Do the laundry

    If you can, do the laundry at your destination to wear clothes multiple times, instead of bringing an outfit for each day.

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    9. Pack Outside Your Bag First:

    Pack outside your suitcase first. That way, when you see the pile of clothes, you may pare down the items. But, if the clothes are in the suitcase and there’s additional room, you’ll throw more supplies in there.

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    10. Weigh It

    Invest in a luggage scale or calculate your bathroom scale and weigh your luggage before you leave home. No need for surprises and add on fees when you get to the airport.

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