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Research present these are the three objects vacationers at all times pack however by no means carry

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Although my travel plans have been interrupted this year, I keep reassessing my packing skills. Knowing what to put in a carry-on bag and what to keep at home is a valuable organizational tool that I still use when it's time for my big year-end closet cleans. As a former chronic overpacker, learning to travel definitely took time. If you're like me, a study recently conducted by Trunk Club (Nordstrom's personal styling company) is likely to pique your interest. The study looked at the travel and packing habits of Americans and found that a whopping 62% of respondents admitted packing too much when traveling. This was attributed to the fact that most began packing 24 hours before their departure. They also voted that packing is more stressful than the trip itself. Suddenly staying home doesn't sound too bad.

The study found that "almost a quarter of the average suitcase is left untouched when traveling," which is a shame if we could all use that extra space for things we actually carry or even swap out our suitcase for a smaller one. What are the most common items that people always pack but never wear? Jackets, long sleeved shirts and socks. (This tidbit can be useful in keeping in mind that next time travel is going to be a thing again.) Maggie Mee, Director of Merchandising at Trunk Club, advises, "To avoid overpacking, use versatile items that Can be used for multiple outfits and occasions. ”Translation: Limit yourself to a jacket, two long sleeve shirts, and just enough socks to cover the days of wearing shoes that actually require socks.

For even more results from the study, read the survey, and then scroll down to buy some of the eclectic items I've learned to always pack.

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Melinda Martin