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Here’s How To Pack Your Suitcase In The Best Way

Here’s How To Pack Your Suitcase In The Best Way

Vacations should be fun—and that fun shouldn’t wait until you get to your destination to start! Cut the stress of preparation by following these steps to pack your suitcase in the best way.

Step 1: Check the weather and your itinerary.

Will it be cold and rainy? Hot? Are you going to be relaxing, or going to conferences and work dinners? Make sure you’re prepared for whatever you’ll have going on.

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Step 2: Lay out what you want to take.

Now put half of it back. You’re not going to need ten outfits for a long weekend getaway. You’ll hardly need four, if you pack right! Since pants and skirts are often bulkier items, pick bottoms that can go with a variety of tops. You’ll be able to mix and match for several days, and you might get away with just two pairs of pants for an entire vacation!

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    Step 3: Be honest about what you need.

    Are you really going to use the hotel’s gym when you’re on the beach for spring break? If so, congratulations for making everyone else look bad! But if you’re actually going to spend most of your time soaking up the sun, keep those sneakers and spandex at home. Same with dress clothes if you plan on having a casual getaway. Packing things you might need, but more than likely won’t use, just takes away room from your needed items.

    Step 4: Roll your clothes.

    Rolling shirts, pants, and skirts makes them smaller when packed, which means you can bring more. Fold starched pants or shirts if you have them, and place them against the bottom of the bag so they’ll stay stiff. But everything else can, and should, be rolled!

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    Step 5: Take advantage of your shoe space.

    Packing shoes just takes up a lot of extra room. Make sure you’re taking exactly what you need. You don’t really need a brown pair and a black pair, do you? Flip flops and dress sandals? Pick what you need carefully, and make sure they go with the outfits you’ve already rolled up to pack.

    Wear your bulkiest pair of shoes, even if it means you’ll have to sit and retie them after going through airport security—it’ll be worth it for what you save in packing space! For those other pairs of shoes you’re taking—use them as extra storage! Put sunglasses, jewelry, or socks down into the toes of the shoes.

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    Step 6: Use every pocket available.

    Are you using a backpack with a lot of outer pouches, or a suitcase with hidden inner pockets? Make sure you’re using all of this space. Some smaller pockets might seem like they’re useless, but you more than likely have some jewelry or toiletry items that will fit right in. Taking advantage of all the various pockets you might have will free up your inside packing space to ensure you’ll be able to fit your larger items without any trouble.

    Step 7: Use plastic bags!

    Luggage handlers aren’t aware of what you have packed in your bag, so make sure that any of your toiletry items, like shampoo, shaving cream, and contact solution, are put inside plastic bags. If you’re flying, you’ll have to do this anyway for security reasons. But regardless of how you’re traveling, you never know if your bags will have a harder time of it than you. You don’t want to get to your destination and find that your clothes have all been ruined by your body wash, so pack carefully on the front end.

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      Step 8: Don’t stress.

      Remember that most places you visit will have a laundry available, so if you find you’re a few pairs of underpants short, you can wash them. Even if you’re roughing it a bit, you can wash things out and let them air dry. You’ll also be near stores where you can buy anything you forget, so don’t have a heart attack when you can’t find your toothpaste.

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      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

      1. Exercise Daily

      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

      The basic nutritional advice includes:

      • Eat unprocessed foods
      • Eat more veggies
      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

        5. Watch Out for Travel

        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

        6. Start Slow

        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

        Final Thoughts

        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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