Packing Hacks: 7 Tips to Help Avoid Packing Anxiety Disorder by Barbara Brock

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Packing Hacks: 7 Tips to Help Avoid Packing Anxiety Disorder

We are in the midst of summer vacation season, and packing for vacation can cause stress and anxiety. In fact, packing is one of the greatest travel stressors associated with the trip-planning stage of travel, according to a research article on travel stress featured in Tourism Analysis. I have a few tips to help avoid packing anxiety disorder. My goal is to aid you in preparing for your journey with no stress to ensure a smooth start to your vacation. 

The top mistakes that travelers make when packing for a summer vacation? Taking too many clothes and too much luggage. To help avoid these two mistakes: 

  • Flatten your clothes, don’t fold (or minimum fold) as you can get a lot more in.
  • Use a packing bag to take out the air in the clothes.
  • Have a set traveling outfit that you wear on the plane and going home.
  • Take two pairs of pants for one week of traveling. Even if traveling for two weeks or more, still only pack two pairs of pants as you won’t need more than that combined with your traveling attire.

To help pack beauty products and accessories:

  • Have a “travel drawer” where you keep only your travel items. You can grab and go.

Once you arrive at your destination, I do have another packing – or unpacking – tip to ease your transition:

  • Unpack the suitcases. Clothes are easier to repack. Once you are unpacked you just feel more organized and ready to go fully on vacation mode.

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Jennifer Taday Thomas
Fabulous tips...I'm awful when it comes to packing.
Tribe
Great tips. I’m going to try them next trip! 👍
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I'm so curious about the packing bags! I may need to try this, especially on overseas trips. We only bring carry-on, so it's important to travel light. Thank you for these great tips, Barbara Brock . Welcome to 30Seconds. We look forward to learning more from you!

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