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6 Foolproof Packing Hacks for Anyone Looking to Travel Light

6 Foolproof Packing Hacks for Anyone Looking to Travel Light

As airline baggage fees have continued to increase, more and more travelers have embraced a minimalist approach to packing. While some people have taken this to the extreme by advocating for not bringing a suitcase altogether, there is a happy medium to be found.

The solution? Pack what you need, but be strategic so that you can pack as light as possible. Here are some helpful hacks to help you out.

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1. Choose the right suitcase.

When people think about packing light, they often get so caught up in worrying about what goes in the suitcase that they forget to consider the suitcase itself. But choosing a lightweight suitcase is great for two reasons. One, it’s more portable, so you won’t throw your back out when you go to hoist it into the car or overhead bin. Two, it’ll help you avoid excess baggage fees, which can range from $100 to $450 depending on the airline. Bonus points if you constrain yourself to using nothing but a carry-on.

2. Make a list before you pack.

It seems so simple that it’s easy to dismiss, but listing out what you plan to bring can help you identify redundant or otherwise unnecessary items. When making your list, consider how many days you’ll be gone, whether you’ll be able to wash clothing during your trip, and whether you’ll need to be prepared for big changes in weather. Once you’ve made your list, stick to it—don’t toss in items at the last minute because you get caught up in worrying “what if.”

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3. Choose clothing wisely.

The best clothing for travel is lightweight, non-bulky, not easily wrinkled, and pairs well with the other clothing you plan to bring along. If a piece of clothing doesn’t meet these criteria, seriously consider whether it’s really worth hauling with you. If you’re traveling somewhere cold, pack lightweight (but warm) layers, such as thermal underwear and thin sweaters. Then, plan to wear your bulkiest layers (such as winter boots or a winter coat) on the plane in order save room in your suitcase.

4. Compress, compress, compress.

As you place each item into your bag, your goal should be to make it as small as physically possible. Fold and roll your clothes in order to shrink them down and save room in your suitcase. Ball up socks and underwear and shove them into shoes. You may even want to consider compression bags for your clothing if you really want to maximize space.

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5. Embrace multi-taskers.

Whenever possible, aim to pack items that can serve more than one purpose. For example, why pack a bottle of shampoo and a bottle of conditioner when you could pack a two-in-one shampoo/conditioner? Or take a sarong, which can be a skirt, a blanket, a sunshade, a towel, or even a bag if you wrap it up and tie off the ends. Think critically about every item you pack and consider whether you could accomplish the same end goals with less.

6. Use your smartphone to your advantage.

Speaking of multi-taskers, smartphones are probably one of the most powerful tools at your disposal. They contain a camera, communication device, travel guide, map, news and reading, and a place to take notes or jot down short journal entries all in one place. Download useful travel apps before you go and leave behind anything that has a function that can be carried out by your phone.

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Practice these strategies often enough and you’ll learn that you can make do with less and less. In fact, don’t be surprised if you find yourself packing for a multi-week vacation in a single carry-on suitcase. With the right strategies, it’s completely possible.

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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