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How to pack lightly

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Whether you’re heading to Cabo for a week or just visiting family for a few days, follow these tips to make the most of your carry-on luggage.

  1. Only take the necessities

You don’t need a bag to match every outfit. Mix and match your clothes to save space and the hassle of cramming everything into one bag. We’ve all sat on our suitcases before, there’s no shame—just save yourself time and money by leaving the 500 pairs of pants at home.

 

  1. You don’t need all of your shoes

Pack some dress and tennis shoes. Whether you’re going camping or to the city, your stilettos will still be in the closet when you get back home. Plus, shoes tend to be bulky and take up a lot of suitcase space.

 

  1. Make a checklist

Of course, only write down the essentials. Making a list will cause you to be more organized and prepared before taking a trip. Your closet is full of all your favorite things. Sometimes it can be hard not to take your most prized possessions, but you have to be strong. Checklists ensure strength.

 

  1. Don’t wait to pack until the night before

This is the worst thing you could possibly do. Being rushed and stressed the night before a trip can lead to a bad case of over-packing. You’ll throw anything and everything into a small suitcase without folding or arranging, and this ultimately leads to a messy situation. Pack ahead of time so the night before can be spent stress-free.

 

  1. Become a professional folder

If you haven’t worked in retail and know the best folding methods, I suggest rolling your shirts. This method prevents wrinkles and is a great space saver.