To Those Who Pack Way Too Much, I Have A Solution

To Those Who Pack Way Too Much, I Have A Solution

Traveling is so much easier when you don't pack all the unnecessary things.
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This might come as a shocking surprise to some, but I have made a promise to myself that traveling light is key. I will never, ever carry luggage again that I have to lug and pick up in an airport. I carry just a backpack, and yes, it is the same one that I use for school, although I will admit, slightly bigger than a normal pack.

There’s no point to me carrying a bunch of unnecessary items and lugging them around the country (I learned this in Greece when I had a suitcase, didn’t need half the clothes I brought and had to lug a giant suitcase up and down bumpy hillside roads for three weeks).

How many people overpack?

I always hear my friends complain that not only do they pack way too much stuff, but that they also don’t even wear half the stuff they bring!! Shocker!

I’ve made a personal promise to myself that I will never overpack, and so far, have been able to keep that promise to myself. I went to Poland for two weeks, with just my school bag. In the middle of winter. Last February. Poland. Freezing. Winter jacket, sweaters and all.

But I brought one winter jacket, I brought a bunch of stockings – yes, thick stockings because wearing a sweater dress that was a one-piece was much easier than packing bulky jeans and I made an effort to not bring a ton of makeup or jewelry. Just the essentials: mascara, lip gloss, eyeliner.

I went to England last June, again with just my backpack. This time it was June so it was a lot lighter wear but I still prepared for some chilliness and breeze. Again, England and all. So I brought leggings, jean shorts, and a bunch of casual dressy tops that could be mismatched and I was able to bring sun dresses instead which also made a world of difference.

Even when I went to North Carolina this past January for just a weekend, I still brought my backpack because I knew that I would be going out at night and wanted options.

Packing lightly isn’t easy because we always feel the need that we are going to need more stuff, that we might not have that perfect blouse, even though so many people bring half their wardrobe with them. I’ve had friends sleepover for a night and bring a duffle bag. Meanwhile, I basically bring a string gym bag and call it a night. But hey, that’s just me.

Packing lighter and less is sufficient because you are able to take back a bunch of goodies and souvenirs for your friends back home. It’s less weight for you to deal with and it makes it so much more durable to travel with if you’re on buses, cabs, and trains!

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Good company = good mood.

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Your mind will thank you for finally going tech-free.

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All the things you wish you brought to college!

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Everyone loves moving in to a luxuries high rise dorm. Decorating and planning out your dorm is the first exciting thing you'll do in college. After my first three months of living in a dorm, I hauled 3 boxes of things back home that I just didn't need. In the meantime, there are so many things I completely forget to bring to college that I need on the daily. Here are 10 things I wish I brought to college!

1. More socks 

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I swore I brought enough socks when I moved in, but now I am down to two pairs. I can never find socks when I need them. With each load of laundry I do, more and more socks seem to disappear from the earth. Make sure you bring plenty of socks.

2. Hangers

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You can never have too many hangers. I have bought at least two more packs this month. Space is limited in your dorm so make sure you use up as much closet space as you can.

3. Medicine 

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I actually came to college with no medication. Not even a single Advil. The first few weeks of school, everyone is getting sick. You will thank yourself later if you load up now on cough drops, pain reliever, and any other medicines you might need.

4.) My dog

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I miss my dogs. Ok, I know I can't take them with me to college, but that doesn't mean I don't wish I could!

5. My sister 

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The first months of school can be exciting and lonely. I always wish my sister was here to rant to about my day. You will wish everyday that you could bring her with you.

6. Yoga pants

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We all think that we are gonna leave the yoga pants in high school and look like goddesses at our colleges. This is false and you will soon realize that even changing out of pajama pants for class is a miracle. Dress cute in August, but come fall you will thank me for telling you to bring your comfy pants!

7. Dry shampoo 

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Showering is important, but sometimes time slips through our hands. Make sure you are prepared for those in between days by stocking up on dry shampoo!

8. Self control 

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This can apply to many situations. Spending, homework, and parting. This is the first time in your life that you can make your own rules, so please bring a little bit of self control with you. Your bank account and GPA will thank you later.

9. Money 

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Save your money before college. If you spend all of the money you earned in high school or got for graduation in the first month of school, you should look back to item number 9. Money is important and is a scarce resource in college. Spend and save it wisely

10. Phone chargers 

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Like my socks, my phone chargers disappear every day. Make sure you bring a few and keep up with them!

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