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6 things you should take out of your suitcase right now

6 things you should take out of your suitcase right now
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Packing. The non-negotiable prerequisite to travel that, although means just a handful of sleeps from an exciting adventure, most of us love to hate. You know that feeling – depsite the very best of intentions, you find yourself at the flight check-in desk, crossing fingers and toes, possibly hiding your purse in your overcoat and hoping that you’re within 200 grams of the checked baggage limit.

We’ve previously put together some handy guides and must-knows when it comes to what you should pack – but what should you take out?

It’s time to to lose some baggage – here are 6 things you should take out of your suitcase right now.

1. Books

We live in a digital age, where it’s possible to take one hundred books inside your four hundred gram iPad. Capitalise on this for your travels – download travel guides in PDF/digital format, subscribe to your favourite magazines and download a couple of novels to keep you enertained on longhaul plane flights. Keep books on the bookshelf at home.

6 things you should take out of your suitcase right now

2. Full bottles of cosmetics

One word here – decant! When it comes to cosmetics in luggage, they are necessary – but heavy. So decant out volume and downsize what you take with you. We promise – wherever you are headed, your arrival destination will have shampoo/conditioner/toothpaste available for purchase on arrival.

3. Shoes (one pair).

Go on, take out one pair of shoes. Make sure you’ve got the basics covered for the type of adventure you’re headed on. Walking shoes, flip flops if you’re headed beach side, or simple, comfortable ballet flats that can be dressed-up or dressed-down for different occasions. Also – wear your heaviest footwear on the plane.

6 things you should take out of your suitcase right now

4. Hairdryer

You WILL be able to source a hairdryer, one way or another, at your arrival destination. Worst case scenario? Air dry your locks.

5. Loyalty Cards

Coffee hearts, this one is for you. Take out your lovingly collected coffee loyalty cards, business cards, or other cards stuffed in your wallet crannies. You won’t be needing these while away – and they’ll be safely waiting for your return. Better still, leave your regular wallet at home, and downsize to a smaller, more compact wallet for your travels.

6 things you should take out of your suitcase right now

6. Pyjamas

In the interest of maximising daywear outfits, consider taking out your pyjamas from your case. You can always sleep in your t-shirts, shorts… or trackies!

6 things you should take out of your suitcase right now

Anything we’ve missed here? What’s one thing that you leave out of your case to save space or weight? Is there something you cannot do without?

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    Summer Mark
    September 21, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I can easily say this is all possible I went throughout South East Asia with nothing more then carry on. The hardest part for me was the travel monuments which I couldn’t say no too!

    September 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I usually take one book, leave it on my destination and buy another one for the trip home. the advantage of books/magazines and anything printed is that they don’t have a battery. Just saying!

    August 28, 2015 at 7:18 am

    I love books and I don’t like reading it on my phone, so big NO for that one. Also, hairdryer – I have to buy it on my last trip.

    August 26, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Unfortunately I still pack pajamas, but they’re small enough to not even really take any space! And I still find myself taking at least 3 pairs of shoes (one is always a sandal/flip flop) whenever I travel! I still make room for all my necessities without going over the weight limit on my carry-on, though, I swear!

    August 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Great post! Theres so much advise on what you should take but not what you should take out! I usually pack well in terms of weight but I think I’m taking out the wrong things! I definitely need to invest in a kindle

    August 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Great post! The shoe tip is totally true, I only take two pairs and the flip-flop outside hanging on the backpack. Also I never take a book, theres wifi all around and as long I have twitter I visit WoW and entertain myself.

    August 23, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Good tips, I’ve learned this lesson the hard way!

    August 22, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Perfect tips. Exactly what I would have said- except I have a kindle because I prefer reading on that than reading on an Ipad. Pjs is also one that I only realised recently that I didn’t really need.

    Maddy @ Travel Alphas
    August 22, 2015 at 9:42 am

    This is such a good list! I do every single one of these already… An upcoming challenge of mine will be traveling to Europe in December-January with only a carry-on sized suitcase and a handbag… Wish me luck on that one.


    August 22, 2015 at 7:33 am

    haha this is such a useful post as I am guilty of packing pretty useless stuff!!x

    Aliya x |

    Hannah Harding
    August 22, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Noooo, not the books!!! Actually this is one that I keep chiding myself about, as I like to bring 2 or 3 on my carry-on. It’s when I’m at the airport for hours on end, lugging that heavy bag around, that’s when I think “Why don’t I invest in one of those nice, lightweight e-readers?” lol
    Although I’ve been seeing those “Little Free Library” boxes a lot more frequently now. Perhaps it is a good idea to pack at least one small, paperback novel, and then swap it out once you’ve finished it.

    Pinay Flying High
    August 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    But I love books! 🙁
    I’d probably do without hairdryer and that extra shoes but books, noooo. 🙁 :p

    EmilyAnne (Eat All Over The World)
    August 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I love packing it is always a challenge. My best packing to-date is a two week trip through Italy with a school backpack. Great comments.

    August 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    These are great tips!! I did a two week vacation on carry on only luggage. Having a special travel wallet is a must, I think. I have a Vera Bradley travel wallet I got as a graduation gift from my grandmother, it has special pockets for boarding passes and a pocket for your passport, as well as some credit card slots and two separate pockets for cash, which is great when you’re using more than one currency!!

    August 21, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Toiletries are hardest for me! Even after decanting I somehow think I need so much. After traveling for months on the road, it’s amazing how few items you really need on a daily basis.

    August 21, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Love the tips! I always need to bring one smell-the-paper-pages-as-you-read book on my travels though – I’d sacrifice something else for it!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    August 21, 2015 at 3:49 am

    I’ve definitely become a packing minimalist in the last couple of years, and traveling is so much easier because of it. Although I still insist on bringing a book with me, I’ve cut back on toiletries, shoes, hair products, curling irons and hairdryers. Another way to save space is to pack mix & match outfits.

    August 21, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for the post. I’m learning to pack lighter the older I get. You only ever end up using about half of what you brought anyway. Why lug it around with you? And traveling during warm months makes your load lighter too. Less bulky clothing and shoes 🙂

    August 21, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I always have a cosmetic bag packed with everything. That way I don’t get somewhere and realize a 6 am I forgot my base makeup or eyeliner. I do take a small bottle of my own shampoo because I can be particular. Whenever I get small samples of makeup and perfume I toss it in the bag. Love all the small Lancôme mascaras, blushes, etc.

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    August 21, 2015 at 12:55 am

    I traveled a lot this summer and got used to just using a carry-on suitcase with the absolute essentials. Looking back at my prior travels, I can’t believe that I used to bring a HUGE suitcase for week-long trips. Isn’t that insane?? The shoe tip is excellent–you can always live without one extra pair. 😉

    Donna F.
    August 21, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Great tips. I have my loyalty cards in a separate small wallet all the time so it is easy to find them in the AM and remove them when I travel. I always pack one too many outfit.
    Happy travel.

    August 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Loved this post – these were all really great tips. Although I know unpacking one pair of shoes is always the hardest, it’s generally worth it. It’s amazing that I only tend to wear the same 2 or three pairs anyway but when I travel all of a sudden I think I need four. Granted I do take trainers with be because I like to work out during my trips. I totally agree about bringing reading materials digitally, but I do like to bring one actual magazine with me, as at the beach I don’t want my device to get sandy or lost, and still nothing beats turning actual magazine pages.

    Rae |

    Jessica C. (A Wanderlust For Life)
    August 20, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Oh yes! Great idea to post about this. I know some who just take their regular purse and don’t think to clean it out first. As the ladies in the room can attest, those babies can get heavy! So take the time and clean it out if you are taking your everyday purse.

    Leonie Parker
    August 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I really agree although i’m still old fashion when it comes to books, love the smell of them and the feel in my hard. But it doesn’t help when coming to packing or travelling.

    Leonie ♥

    August 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I couldn’t agree more!! I have been downsizing for some time now and I am still not carrying as little as I want to, but those things are really unnecessary. I also sometimes ditch towels as they take a lot of space and can be heavy or I use the very light travel towels.

    Minh Nguyen
    August 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    even though we live in a digital world that allows us to read books and news online, I still prefer reading paper books, so I always take one with me when I travel. Reading those books are my pleasure, better than digital books like kindle.

    Ashley Sawyer
    August 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I ALWAYS over pack and try to take out the last thing I put in suitcase. I usually end up taking too many shoes or extra clothes. To be honest we all re-wear jeans and tshirts without washing every time, and I always forget to take that into consideration when I’m packing!

    August 20, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Great tips!

    August 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Great tips for when I need to find some extra room in my suitcase!

    August 20, 2015 at 8:37 am

    cosmetics is where all my bulk comes from! I’ll have my suitcase packed and go “hey, I still have lots of room.” And then I realized I still haven’t added my toiletry bag!
    great list :]

    alyssa morter
    August 20, 2015 at 8:04 am

    I’m definitely a shoe over packer. The funny thing is, I usually bring multiple pair of the same shoe…just different colors! With all the traveling we have done this year, I’m getting better. 🙂

    August 20, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I recommend sticking takig 1 pair of shoes, a jacket and handbag that match. Don’t bring a jacket that doesn’t go with your shoes, or brig several matching outfits. Stick with just one of these items each, for example all black or all nude, that match with all the rest of the clothes you bring. Xxx

    August 20, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Packing for me always seems to be a stressful experience. Whilst I love the idea of reading of a kindle, I cannot help but prefer the feel of reading from a real book! However, some are so heavy! I’ll definitely be taking these tips, and using them for my next trip away – thanks for the great post!

    Nicola Easterby
    August 20, 2015 at 5:42 am

    I am a terrible packer but I think I’ve got these rules down pat. It’s all the clothes that are definitely my downfall! Is it possible to wear a cute outfits in every country and not overpack? 😛

    August 20, 2015 at 5:41 am

    I love having my kindle with me when I’m traveling to save space in my suitcase and carry- on! Love this list!!

    August 20, 2015 at 5:31 am

    I always used to overpack. Even when I went on a short 2-3 long trip, I still managed to do it (at the same time, the art of packing for short trips is more complex, I think). I’ve been learning how to improve lately and making lists helps a lot. And also, if I’m ever in doubt about whether or not I should pack something in particular, I just don’t do it. Super easy.

    August 20, 2015 at 5:17 am

    great post, such a good idea to list what NOT to pack for a change. i am completely guilty of the loyalty cards, you just never know where you might use them! x

    Blondes & Bagels
    August 20, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Smart idea to downsize to a more travel appropriate wallet – I never thought to do so! I’ll be utilizing this tip for my upcoming trip to Italy!

    August 20, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Love this post! So incredibly true. Even tho I always sneak one book on with me.