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10 Tips for Packing Light

Go With a Consistent Color Scheme
If you only you could pack your dog.
If you only you could pack your dog.
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When everything in your travel wardrobe matches everything else, you increase the number of mix-and-match options, and you don't have to pack multiple belts or pairs of shoes [source: Mance]. Black T-shirts, indigo denim button-down shirts and sand-colored or olive khakis are lifesavers, since they go with most anything clean that's still left in your bag. Travel writer Rick Steves recommends choosing darker hues of clothing [source: Steves]. They're not only easy to match, but they also hide wrinkles and the coffee that you inevitably drip on them at some point during your trip.