Packing Tips for Longer Vacations

MatthewA By MatthewA, 27th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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If you're taking a two week vacation, you'll need to pack more for the holiday than shorter trips. That much is for sure, but nevertheless you can still minimize what you pack when you visit. Consider some of these suggestions which should reduce your vacation luggage.

Packing Tips for Longer Vacations

Do not bring a very large suitcase. If you do then that will certainly encourage more extensive packing for the vacation. Instead bring either a smaller, more lightweight suitcase, or even a large sport's bag for the vacation. This will ensure that you then have to pack less for the holiday, and if one sport's bag is not sufficient, then you can perhaps bring a secondary one if absolutely essential. A sport's bag may have various compartments, and you can pack quite a lot into them.

Consider self-catering accommodation as an alternative to hotels. That's because self-catering may well include washing machines and tumble-dryers. If that's so, then you can pack fewer cloths, as you'll be able to wash them when on the vacation. Some extended stay hotels may also have laundry tools, but you should check with the hotel first. Either way, if you can wash your clothes on vacation then you can reduce the amount of clothing packed.

You can also reduce the toiletries packed. Remember that most hotels usually include things such as soap, shower cream, flannels and towels within their hotel rooms. That means that you do not necessarily have to pack any of those. Also remember that you can pick up additional toiletries when you get there, so you don't necessarily have to pack anything more than a toothbrush and shaver for a two week vacation.

Always bring a mobile with plenty of options. That's because a phone can include many options, or applications, which can reduce packing requirements. For example, a separate calculator and currency converter won't be required if your phone has such options. Also note that some phones can also include cameras, and if you have a phone camera you won't need to pack a digital camera. Forget hand-held consoles, as some phones have their own games included with them as well.

How else can you pack light for a two week vacation? Do not bring any travel guidebooks with you. As an alternative, consider photocopying more specific pages out of the books instead such as maps etc. Or you could just pick one up when you get there, as tourist offices will probably have some relevant guidebooks, maps etc.

These are just a few suggestions for reducing packing requirements. Now you should be able to pack less for longer vacations. Have a great vacation!


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