With this being Toronto’s coldest winter in 20 years, you probably can’t wait to go away for March break! Be careful though, and don’t be in such a hurry to get away that you forget any essentials or take more than you really need.
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The specific items you should pack will depend on your destination, accommodations, method of travel, and the ages of your family members, but Real Simple has travel checklists for all types of trips, including beach vacations, international trips, and travelling with a young family.
There are also SmartPhone apps for keeping and saving packing lists, which are really handy. Taking your list with you (whether on paper or on your phone) is a great way to make sure nothing gets left behind when it’s time to come home.
Once you’ve made your list, go through it with a fine-toothed comb to see how you can pare it down. This will translate to less effort carrying your luggage as well as less time spent at baggage and security checks, contributing to a more enjoyable vacation.
Tina’s Top Ten Tips for Travelling Light
- As a general rule, you can probably get by with about half the clothes you think you’ll need.
- Get more mileage out of your clothes by taking items that you can mix and match.
- Select clothing that can be easily rinsed out and left to dry overnight.
- Choose shoes that can be worn with more than one outfit (lightweight, if possible).
- Try on everything before you pack it – no point wasting space with something that doesn’t fit!
- Save space in your suitcase by using Pliio Clothing Filers.
- Ziploc isn’t just for your freezer! Their Space Bags help you fit more in your suitcase while protecting your clothing from odors, mildew, moths and bugs.
- Instead of bringing a week’s worth of shampoo and other toiletries, make use of those supplied by your hotel or resort.
- Don’t pack anything “just in case” if you can easily get it at your destination. Tweet this
- Choose your luggage carefully. If a piece feels heavy before you’ve even put anything in it, it’s time to replace it with one of the lighter styles that are now readily available.
“He who must travel happily must travel light.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
When you travel, do you typically end up taking MORE or LESS than you need?