Over packing is one of the biggest problems a novice traveler encounters. You want to make sure that you have everything you need for your special trip so you pack as much as you can. But no one wants to lug an extra heavy suitcase around, so what to do to keep from over packing and still have everything you will need? Organization is the key!

 

Begin with a list of what you will need for your trip. Create a box for every day that you will be gone, and under the day create a box for the night. Add a column for the everyday items you will need, such as toiletries, chargers, etc. You might want to add the amount of certain items, such as 6 pairs of socks. Start with the first day, and night and list the clothes that you will wear for that day. Number each item and use the numbers in other boxes if you plan to wear an item more than once. Continue on until you have filled in all of the boxes. Now you will know exactly which clothes you will need to pack for your trip.

Packing the carry on bag is just as challenging. This is perhaps the most important bag you will bring. You must pack all the essentials for the flight in it, make sure it isn’t too heavy to lift into the overhead bin, and make sure it passes through the security screening. A list like this one will help you decide what is necessary to pack in this most important bag. 

In your effort to keep from over packing you want to make sure that you don’t forget any essentials. Using a list like this one will help you to remember all those little vital items.