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For a Lighter Suitcase, Leave These 9 Unnecessary Items at Home!

Preparing for your annual cross-country jaunt, but the thought of packing that big suitcase is making you want to stay home? If so, it may be time for you to re-think the idea of packing altogether. As it turns out, focusing on what NOT to bring can make the whole process much less painful!

Here are 9 things that you should never bring with you on vacation.
    1. Compression Packing Cubes

      packing cubeAngryJulieMonday via Flickr

      If your BFF is a world traveler, then they have likely tried to convince you that the key to saving precious suitcase space is to invest in a set of pricey compression packing tubes. While we have nothing against these handy items, we know of a hack that works just as well and won’t cost you a dime; all you need is a pair of socks and some basic folding skills…

      Learn this brilliant packing trick for yourself here.

    2. Garment Bag

      suit garment bagJames Hallet via Flickr

      Do you often find yourself boarding a plane with your garment bag in-hand, on your way to an important meeting? While these suit carriers can certainly look professional, they end up lacking space, making it so that business travelers have to carry both this AND a suitcase. Luckily, even a full suit can be folded in a way so that it fits snuggly in your carry-on.

      Learn this clever business suit origami technique here.

    3. Full-Sized Suitcase

      big suitcaseJohn Wright via Flickr

      Unless you are planning a month-long trip, there’s no reason for you to bring along full-sized luggage. Not only can this be a killer on the back, it can also end up costing you a pretty penny, as many airlines charge for checked bags these days!

      Learn how to fit 100 items into your carry-on bag here.

    4. Toiletry Bag

      dopp kitRobert Sheie via Wikipedia Commons

      …or “Dopp Kit”, if you’re fancy! While these may be travel staples, it turns out that many don’t come in shapes that are optimal for packing. That’s why we think you should make your own completely customizable toiletry bag. Not only is this a super easy DIY to complete, the outside also serves as a handy towel.

      Learn how to make your own washcloth travel kit here.

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