11 Things You Should Never Pack on Vacation
You may feel the urge to plan for the unexpected, but filling your suitcase with a bunch of what-if items can really weigh it down. There’s nothing worse than unpacking after a long trip and realizing that you didn’t use half of the items in your suitcase. To prevent this from happening to you, here are a few things that you never need to pack.
- Excessive hair products
Packing shampoo, conditioner, a deep conditioner, a comb, a brush, a roller brush, pomade, and hairspray is a bit aggressive. If you’re staying at a hotel, it will typically provide a complimentary shampoo and conditioner.
- Hair dryer
Even the compact dryers are clunky and take up a lot of space, and we can’t forget to mention that most hotels have hair dryers for guests to use. If by some odd twist your hotel doesn’t have a dryer, just let your hair air-dry … after all, you’re on vacation.
- That just-in-case pair of shoes
You need two pairs of shoes, max. We’ll let you choose which ones to take, but you can choose only two. They should be versatile, compact, and durable.
- Camera equipment
Are you ever going to use that tripod you packed? How about that extra flash? And do you really need three different lenses? All the bells and whistles are unnecessary, unless you’re Annie Leibovitz.
- Workout gear
OK, so there are a few of you diehards that actually get up and work out on vacation. We applaud you. But the rest of you, and you know who you are, will never bust out those running shoes crammed in your suitcase. The only sweat you’re going to break is the one you get from sitting by the pool all day. Save some room in your bags, and leave the workout clothes and shoes at home.
If your hotel doesn’t provide towels, you should probably reconsider staying there. Yikes!
- Multiple books
Books weight a lot, and packing more than one in your carry-on is pretty much insane. If you’re an avid reader and breeze through books, consider getting a Kindle. It’s lighter than one book and holds thousands!
- Clothing options on options on options
Let’s say you’re traveling to a wedding in a tropical locale. For the most part, you’ll be in a tank top and shorts, but you know you’ll need a nice outfit for the ceremony. Don’t pack multiple options! If you’re a woman, pack one dress and stick with it. If you’re a man, a nice pair of pants and a button-up will do the trick. The more “options” you pack, the less room you have for the stuff you actually need … like underwear.
Vacation is about unplugging, so why would you want to bring so many things that need to be plugged in? Think twice about packing your laptop, iPad, smartphone, portable DVD player, and Kindle. Take only what you absolutely need. It will make your bag lighter and allow you to actually enjoy your downtime without distractions.
- Too much denim
Jeans are beloved because they’re comfy, they’re durable, and they go with everything. With that said, they are also heavy and take up a lot of space in a suitcase. Jeans can last a few days without washing, so just pack one pair and re-wear them.
You know that beautiful necklace your grandma gave you for graduation that you couldn’t bear to lose? Yeah, don’t bring that. Sure, it goes great with an outfit you packed, but the risk of it getting lost or stolen is much higher when you’re traveling. Leave that necklace and any other expensive piece of jewelry at home. Bring the cheap stuff.