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How to Finally Close That Suitcase Before a Flight

How to Finally Close That Suitcase Before a Flight

The absolute majority of flight passengers, especially those who don’t travel very often, experience one and the same problem: they tend to misjudge the amount of stuff they need and, what is more important, that can realistically fit into their luggage. As a result, many have to literally jump up and down on their suitcase to finally zip the thing. The problem is, of course, not with the size of the suitcase and not even with the airline regulations – the problem is with the way you think. So let’s try and find ways to change it.

1. Don’t Pack More Clothes than You Need

Clothes tend to constitute the most of travelers’ suitcases, and they should be the first candidates for removal. A good idea would be to keep track of everything you wear for a while (a week, for example) and judge how much you have to take by this. Don’t take things just in case or for occasions that are unlikely to happen. Be minimalistic.

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2. Try Singling out the Things You Absolutely Cannot Do without

A very good way to both eliminate your suitcase-jumping problem and decreasing your dependence on things is to try and gradually eliminate everything except what you absolutely must have on your person. You may, for example, try and limit what you take along with you to only what fits into a single carry-on bag – it is a wonderfully disciplining experience and an effective way to show yourself how little you need to lead a comfortable life.

3. Don’t Stock up on Beauty Products

Most major chain hotels offer complimentary cosmetic products as a part of the deal – so why not take them up on their offer? Even if your skin and hair care routine has been perfected to the level of a science, you may loosen up a bit for the duration of a trip without letting yourself go too much – and you will be amazed how much space all these shampoos, creams, and conditioners can free when removed.

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4. Don’t Pack Anything You Can Buy Where You Are Going

Sometimes you can buy things at home cheaper than they are going to be at your destination, so there cannot be any clear-cut rule along the lines of “take” or “don’t take.” You should consider some factors before making a decision on every item of this kind: luggage weight fees (will you save anything by taking it instead of buying on location?), how likely you are to actually need it, can you do without it altogether and so on.

5. Don’t Pack Valuables and Jewelry

They probably won’t take a lot of space when packed, but they can cause you so much trouble that an overstuffed suitcase can become the least of your problems. Tourists are always the prime targets for thieves and confidence tricksters all over the world, and luggage itself is often lost in transit.

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6. Find out the Weather at Your Destination

Both what it normally is at this time of year and what is said by more current forecasts. This will help you single out the clothing and other things you are unlikely to need and the ones that are almost certain to come in handy.

7. Try to Keep a Packing List from Trip to Trip

The list of things you are likely to need in its essentials doesn’t change all that much from trip to trip. Once you’ve travelled there, compile a list of everything you took, make notes of things you needed but didn’t have and things you never once took out of the bag. Save this list somewhere you will remember about it later on, in your smartphone’s notes, for example, and use its updated version the next time you go for a trip.

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People usually take much more than they need on the most trivial trips and end up wasting time, money and energy lugging suitcases around, paying customs and flight weight fees instead of enjoying their time. Learning how to travel light isn’t only financially beneficial – it teaches you how to do without excess and provides you greater freedom – so why not start learning how to do it now?

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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