Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Overpacking
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Overpacking: the easiest way to wind up spending your vacation ironing wrinkled clothes.


You've made a list of exactly what you need to take on your vacation, but once you get to packing, it goes right out the window. We get it. We blame the what-ifs. What if the weather turns colder? What if you decide on a spur-of-the-moment dinner at a fancy restaurant? What if you stain your jeans or get blisters from those shoes that aren't quite broken in? Maybe taking the bigger suitcase isn't such a bad idea ... hey, more room for souvenirs!

But planning for every possibility means you'll end up with an overstuffed bag full of wrinkled clothes or extra checked baggage -- which can be pricey if you're traveling by plane. Plus, you'll be dragging all that gear around once you get to your destination. But we've got your back. Here are five tips for putting the brakes on overpacking, and, if you just can't leave that extra sweater behind, some ideas for fitting more stuff into a smaller space.