Pack Faster and Lighter With This One Trick
I'm a chronic over-packer. For a recent three-day trip to San Francisco, I packed three dresses, two pairs of pants, three pairs of shoes, seven shirts, two skirts, and four sweaters. Unsurprisingly, I didn't even wear a quarter of those items. But every time travel comes around, I over-pack all over again, completely forgetting what I wore the last time around. (See also: 7 Tips for Single Bag Travel)
That's why I have a new packing technique — writing down what I do wear on trips, during trips. It works especially well for places that I regularly visit, like my parents' house. Instead of filling my bag to the brim with things I might want, I can quickly reference a list that details exactly what I will use. Personally, I keep track of what I wear using a list in Remember the Milk, but you can use a notes app on your phone, a piece of paper you keep in your wallet, or whatever else works best for you. (See also: Roll, Don't Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast))
What tricks do you have for packing fast?
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