So, the flights are booked, the hotel is ready and waiting for you, and you have bought enough sun lotion to protect the whole of the Bahamas from the sun – but now it comes to the good part. Yes, packing! Packing for an upcoming trip is almost as exciting as the trip itself, because you get the chance to plan all of the incredible outfits you’re going to whip out, you get to imagine yourself in a bikini on the golden beaches, and you get to pack that book you’ve been meaning to read for months. However, as your suitcase starts to get heavier, you start to realize that you may have packed a little too much. Here are the 5 signs that you’re over packing for your upcoming trip.
You’re not being honest with yourself
If you’re going on a beach vacation, there’s a high chance that you are going to just laze on the beach and enjoy not having any responsibilities for the week. Yet, there is a part of you that thinks it would be amazing to wake up at 5 am to go for a run along the beach and finish your regime off with a yoga session. So you pack your running shoes and your yoga mat for that eventuality… but are you really being honest with yourself? Are you really going to do this during your vacation? If you really think about what you’re putting in your luggage case, you might realize some of items are totally unnecessary.
You’re packing for the worst-case scenario
When you’re in the mood to pack, it can often be easier to pack everything rather than too little. After all, you’re packing for the worst-case scenario – just in case you need your swimsuit for when you visit a city with absolutely no water to its name or just in case you need walking boots for your all-inclusive vacation to the Caribbean. Packing for the worse case scenario is one of the worst ways to overpack, and you seriously need to reign it in. Pack for where you’re going and what you’re going, and nothing else.
Your bag is too big
If you have a large suitcase, you feel like you have to fill it to the brim with things. It’s a waste otherwise, right? Well, not quite. It’s always best to really think about the luggage that you’re taking and what size suitcase is best for you, as it will stop you from overpacking. If you’re traveling with a loved one, it might be an idea to share a suitcase. This way you know that you have just half a suitcase, and will be able to pack the necessities and that’s it.
You’re a procrastinator
Hands up if you hate packing for a trip? You’re not alone, because some people do everything they can to avoid getting their hands dirty and finding the right clothes for them. If this is you, you probably find yourself over packing every time you go on vacation, because you simply shove everything in your case the morning of your departure. This means you put in way too many clothes and even more that you don’t need into your case. It’s such a waste.
You’re addicted to technology
If you’re the kind of person that is always up to date with the latest technology, you probably want to take all of them on vacation with you. You want to take your GoPro to the water park, you want to take your drone to take epic aerial shots of the beach, and you want to take your Fitbit to keep up to date with your steps. However, this tech can really take up a lot of room in your case, so you might want to scrap them. Keep them at home!
If you’re getting ready to pack for an upcoming trip, you might want to take a look at yourself and ask yourself… am I an over-packer?