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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 March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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