I don’t know about you, but I’m a chronic over-packer.
Like, even if I’m headed to the beach for a mere three days, I like to pack 10 bathing suits, seven “just in case” items, all 20 of my lipsticks and 13 pairs of shoes. It’s ridiculous and a disease I’m trying to cure.
So, in order to help myself (and hopefully you), I’ve created a list of things that are absolutely not necessary for the average vacation.
10 Things You Shouldn’t Pack for Vacation:
1. A Different Outfit for Each Day
It took me a long time to figure this out, but when you’re on vacation and around a bunch of strangers, you can wear the same outfit numerous times without anyone noticing.
So, unless you’re travelling across Europe for six months, you can probably get away with packing a couple tops, a couple bottoms and a few accessories that can be mixed and matched.
2. All the Toiletries
Instead of packing a bulky toiletries bag, take advantage of the free stuff your hotel has to offer.
Most hotels supply shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion right out — but that doesn’t mean that’s all they have available. Many hotels also have a supply of deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream and even feminine hygiene products in the back.
You just have to ask for it.
3. Your Entire Makeup Bag
Of course, you’ll want to wear makeup on your trip, but that doesn’t mean you need to pack the entire bag.
Try to stick to the products you use on an everyday basis, and nothing more.
4. Uncomfortable, Impractical Shoes
Yes, they look nice, but there’s nothing worse than suffering through vacation in the wrong shoes.
The key is to pack two or three pairs of shoes that are comfortable and versatile.
5. “Just In Case” Items
It’s very rare that these items actually come in handy, so just leave them at home.
Like, if you’re headed to the beach, don’t pack a winter coat because “it may be cold.” Or, if you’re not a hiker, don’t pack hiking boots because you may have a “change of heart.”
Yes, pack a snack for the plane, but how practical is it that you’re actually going to consume food that’s been shoved in your suitcase for hours? Not very.
If you’re looking to save money on food, just make a quick run to the grocery or convenient store once you’ve arrived in destination.
Or, if you’re at an All Inclusive (the best option) you don’t even have to think about it.
7. Lots of Denim
Though super versatile, denim can incredibly bulky and heavy.
So, in order to avoid filling up three-quarters of your suitcase with the beloved fabric, stick to one or two denim items.
8. Hair Stuff
First off, leave your dad-gum blow dryer at home. Literally every hotel has one.
Secondly, if you’re determined to bring hair products with you, invest in travel-size bottles. There’s no need for you to take large bottles of shampoo, conditioner, styling gel and what-not on vacation.
Thirdly, if you’re brave, leave your curling iron and straightener at home. It’s vacation and you’re beautiful the way you are.
Unless you’re camping or something, this is not necessary.
10. Expensive Accessories
Remember that time Kim Kardashian jumped in the ocean with her diamond earrings on and lost them?
No? Here’s a refresher.
Well, this could happen to you. Leave your valuables at home.