Do you overpack when you travel?

@jillhill (37386)
United States
June 14, 2009 3:43pm CST
Or are you able to keep it to a minimum? I am going away for a week and I find my suitcase filling up fast....since the weather has been cooler here someday..then on the verge of hot I need to pack for both types of weather. So are you good at keeping it to a minimum? Or do you find yourself overpacking?
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Jun 09
I'm dreadful at packing but am working on getting better. Did quite well when I wnet to my daughter last February. I always pack without much planning and seem to pack the wierdest things. I am dreading packing for my cruise but my daughter will be around to help me. 2 changes of clothes per day for 7 days and then clothes for the day before and after before I return to JA. I just don't have that many clothes so we wil have to be creative with some overnioght wash and wear!
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@jillhill (37386)
• United States
22 Jun 09
Sounds like fun!
• United States
14 Jun 09
I was a girl scout and what I really learned was how to pack. what I do is write down what I am going to wear each day from head to toe. I take the underwear and bra and socks and roll it with the shirt and shorts or jeans.Then I have the total outfit all together. Then you can add a sweater or whatever you need to keep warm. Or the bathing suit. by writing it down, my touch I don't remember that at girl scouts,I can check everything off so I don't miss anything. so I don't over pack.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
Thanks for the tip! Next time I go which will be in July to New York...I am going to do it your way....I like the idea of having each outfit all rolled up together!
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• United States
15 Jun 09
Great!I am glad I could help. I like it because you don't have to look for socks or bras , it all there rolled together.
• United States
18 Aug 09
Thanks for the best response.
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I find myself overpacking all the time. I come home with so many clean clothes that I didn't wear but have to wash them because they are wrinkled. Am going to visit our daughter next month and will try to fit all my things in a carry on. Checking a suitcase would be ok too. Takes too long to get the luggage in the St. Louis airport when coming back home.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
22 Jun 09
That's a good idea....in two weeks I go to New York.....but since I'll be there a week I don't think I can do just a carry on.....I would love to do that!
@carolbee (16241)
• United States
22 Jun 09
Something else I thought about doing was to send a few clothes ahead and have less to carry on. Wouldn't cost that much to send things in advance. Thinking more in terms of tops and shorts, not jeans. This trip I have some souvenirs to take to our grandkids so my suitcase will be crowded and heavy.
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
i tend to overpack... and i hate myself for it... the last time we traveled, i had three luggage, which i think to me is really a stupid thing to do... lol... i dont know, but i just tend to do it, even though i just bring out a few things, those that are important, when im done packing what i see are not few things packed... i have so many what ifs i my mind when i pack ... maybe that's why i always overpack...
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I think if I were flying and now they charge extra for extra weight etc I'll be more careful!
@jayrene (2713)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
next time that i'll go on travel, i will surely try to pack lightly, there's some offer here about no charge in less baggage... i think whatever i need that i havent put in my baggage, i'll just buy it wherever i am going... and my clothes i will just have to bring it to the laundry all the time... because im planning of bringing less of it.
• India
26 Jun 09
while packing for any outing its important to take care that you pack only those things that are most used by you and are necessary to be caried for a short duration trip. the most essential things to tbe packed would be your self cleaning pack and the rest could be around 3 pairs of out door clothes and 2 pairs of night clothes and your foot wear . i think with this the packing for a week would be good enough. If you are a good reader then 1- 2 books would also be essential.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
26 Jun 09
Very good advice!
• United States
26 Jun 09
Goodness I ALWAYS overpack. I never even end up touching half of what I bring with me when I travel, but I still always feel the need to bring it. Who cares if I wont wear 5 pairs of shoes on a weekend trip... What if I do? Ugh. I need to get better at that.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I know! I guess we just have too many choices! LOL
@williamjisir (22905)
• China
23 Jun 09
Hello jillhill. Each time when I take a short trip, I will just bring with me some small things that I need to use, but if I take a long trip back home, I will pack more things. Because I prepare some gifts for my family, big or small. Sometimes the things I pack are over-packed and super-heavy that I get very tired after getting home though I try not to make myself so tired.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
24 Jun 09
I know what you mean!
• United States
23 Jun 09
I learned the hard way about over-packing on my first voyage overseas. However, if I'm just traveling around the state, I tend to over-pack just a little bit. Never too much. It's hard being practical about taking everything you need and still trying to not stuff your suitcase at the same time. =/
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
24 Jun 09
I ended up taking half my clothes out and just putting them away when I got home...never even used them!
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
18 Jun 09
hi jill! ^^ it's been a long time. i hope you're doing good. i tend to overpack. i'm just really a girl. i have a lot of things i want to bring when i'm going for a travel especially accessories and clothes. for example, i will be on a travel for three days, i won't just bring three sets of outdoor clothes, i would bring 4-5 so i will have some choices. ^^;; i also like wearing different accessories each day. with shoes and slippers i'm fine with just one. thank God for that. like during my last travel, i really overpacked. i had three blouses that i wasn't able to use and some accessories i didn't even use. it crowded my things and it made my bag heavy. ^^;;
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
22 Jun 09
It has been a long time! HOw are you?
@edelweiza (159)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
yes i do. as in always. it serves me well because i hate the feeling that i left something important. i also make it a point to bring extra clothes for emergency. if i have a small suitcase and it's only a short trip, i make sure i bring all the essentials. traveling means a lot of packing and packing means a lot of planning what to bring. i guess it's all a matter of thinking in advance.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
22 Jun 09
I think you are right!
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
15 Jun 09
When I travel with my kids, I sure do. Better to have and not need. I pack light for myself though.I can usually put everything for me into a medium duffle.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
22 Jun 09
good for you! it's an art packing for children!
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
Before I tend to overpack, even tried going to the beach once with a really really big luggage. LOL. Now though, I tend to Underpack ( if there is such a term. hehe.). I hate bringing a big luggage or bags to vacations, so I only pack those that I really need, and clothes that I would really wear. One good tip though is to pack clothes that you could wear a lot of times, and that you can wear anytime of the day and anywhere. =)
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
That's a very good tip.
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
Even if i wanted too, but if it tends to be heavy and hubby is going to complain about how heavy he is going to carry since he knew me that when we go back, I would add more because I would buy a lot of things and stuffs So i tend to carry less clothes and then buy things i need to the place we would stay and visit and that is what I do practice now. I pack less but when we go home, I would buy more so that the bag will be full and both of us would carry, lolz although I do carry the weight less part of the package
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
Good thing your hubby carries things for you!
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
One big traveling bag is all I need. I don't like to travel with lot's of bags. I might forget some of them If I'm on a hurry.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
That is also true!
@maximax8 (27335)
• United Kingdom
15 Jun 09
A suitcase can weigh a few kilos before anything is packed in it. I find a backpack a lighter and more convenient type of luggage. They do say " halve the baggage and double the money". There is much truth in that saying. When I took my toddler son to Latvia our baggage allowance was 15 kg. That taught me about only taking essentials. It was a joy carrying that luggage. For our trip to South Africa I took few clothes that made great sense. I have learned how to keep my luggage to a minimum but it took years to master. In my backpack I put clothes in the lower compartment and side pockets. In the top compartment I pack my toiletries, my towel and my clothes washing equipment. I take a camping plate, cup and cultery. I take one book, a note book and pen. I put an empty day pack at the top pocket. I put my camera, memory cards and batteries in my hand bag. I keep all valuables in my money belt.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
You have it down to a science!
• Denmark
15 Jun 09
I usually tend to under pack. Especially when I'm going to visit my parents or my sister. Lucky for me I don't have to take 2 sets of clothes because I can always borrow stuff from my mom or my sister and they don't mind at all. Maybe because I'm the only family member who is living 2000 km away. When flying I want to take only hand luggage.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
Same here if I am flying....I do much better.
@orevro (716)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
i think i do overpack sometimes.. not with clothes but with other things like bringing a woolen blanket instead of a jacket or a small pillow.. i try to place these things plus my clothes and toiletries inside my suitcase.. for an overnight at a friend's house, i still pack a lot of clothes, i keep reminding myself that it's just for emergencies :)
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
Yes...its the unknown that makes us pack more!
• India
15 Jun 09
I would rather underpack my bags if I could…coz I know I’ll have to carry them myself. In that way, summer travel is always better…I can carry a bare minimum set of clothings and some sachet of washing powder…with the blazing Indian sun, they are bound to dry up if I just hang them on the hotel balcony while I go sightseeing. I have always done that! However, winter travel is a big setback on my suitcase…I do have to carry proper woolen clothings for the entire family and that really overburdens by luggage.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
That's the problem here....it's hot one day...cold the next.
@nitu1952 (286)
• India
15 Jun 09
I think there is no need of overpacking becauase one has to carrry only that thing which we really requires instead of filling up the two or three bags and we do not use it.so try to avoid filling of bags while travelling and take that thing which one really requires.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
That's good advice.
@zzyw87 (1260)
• Philippines
15 Jun 09
I never overpack when traveling. One reason is that the luggage will be too heavy. I usually just bring clothes for half the time I am staying in that country. Then I just go shopping and wear the new clothes I bought. My friends are always amazed at how light my luggage or backpack is when we are traveling or going on an outing.
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
15 Jun 09
Sounds like you are good at keeping it down!