From over-packing to stressing out: How to solve common packing problems
Packing for a vacation — we’re convinced — can reveal a whole lot about people’s personalities. Are you the meticulous planner with checklists who is constantly plagued with the “I forgot something!” fear? Or, are you the last-minute packer who tosses some clothes and a toothbrush in a suitcase and inevitably end up at the drugstore (and mall) the first day on your vacation picking up a long list of personal items you forgot?
A new survey from Constactspod (which is a pre-filled, single use, contact lens case) reveals packing habits and strategies of travelers — with perfect timing as the summer travel season is underway. Contacspod reports that four of 10 respondents who wear contact lenses forget to pack their contact lens kits. And, ain’t nobody got time for an eye infection while on vacation because they couldn’t clean their contacts properly.
Here are some of the findings, followed up with strategies from ShopAtHome.com that will help you become a master-packer.
- 22 percent of travelers get into a tizzy about packing and 44 percent need to write a check-list.
Oh, how we love a good check list. In fact, we’ve found a pre-made “packing list” that is perfect to help you stave off any pre-trip chaos — whether you’re going on vacation or a business trip. (Knock, Knock, $6.50 + get 15 percent when you sign up for e-mails from the company). While making your list, go ahead and leave a little note for yourself on the bathroom mirror as a reminder to pack up those last-minute toiletries.
- 68 percent of travelers over-pack.
Sure, you’ll save money by not having to buy those forgotten items once you get to your destination, but you want to be sure you’re not packing so much that you get hit with extra baggage fees or over-the-weight-limit charges. We suggest remixing your outfits. (Here’s how you can wear one dress four ways while on vacation). Ladies, how about something like this black Vince Camuto cap-sleeved dress that could be dressed up or down? (6 p.m. for $54.99 — marked down from $98). For the gentlemen, look for a good pair of jeans that are versatile and could be worn with a suit jacket for a semi-formal dinner and that are comfortable enough you’ll want to wear them while touring a new city. We’re liking these AG ‘Protege’ Straightleg jeans that are majorly on sale as part of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. (Plus, you can get up to 12 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com)
- 23 percent of travelers cram as much as they can in carry-on luggage to avoid the need to check-in a suitcase.
Go on with your bad self. We don’t like to wait at the baggage carousel either. Make sure you’ve got a sturdy, good carry-on bag to help you stay organized. A great option for guys is this Carry-On Spinner garment bag that holds up to three suits and has four front-zipper pockets to make organizing easy. (Target, $79.99) For women, we love this Tory Burch carry-on satchel that has a tassel and mirror dreamcatcher for a perfectly travel-chic look! (Nordstrom, $750). For a budget-friendly option, check out this J World Tamarak Carry-On bag. (Target, $38.09)
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