Packing for Vacation: Lighten Up!

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Summer vacation season is here! Who isn’t excited about that? AAA estimates that two thirds of Americans will hit the road this summer. That’s a lot of cars on the road, each packed tightly with families, beach gear, food, clothes, and other belongings.

Did you know that packing wisely can save you time, money, and keep you safe? It is estimated that for every additional 100 pounds, your fuel efficiency decreases by up to two percent.  We’re sure this information won’t have you leaving any people behind, but you can make every pound count when packing. These questions will help you do just that.

What is provided at our destination? While it’s a great idea to pack some food for the trip and a kitchenette saves you a few meals out, there’s a good chance that you won’t be too far from a grocery store once you arrive (Even people in the most touristy towns have to eat).

What can do double duty? Beach towels, if needed, can be used for blankets in the car.  A rolled-up jacket can serve as a travel pillow.

Do I really need that? If you’re driving 6 hours, you don’t need your entire DVD collection for the kids. Reduce it, a lot, to save space and arguments. Better yet, go digital, if your device allows. An app for your phone or other mobile device could store more books and activities than you could ever use on one trip. Even if you normally prefer actual books, the space you save is well worth it.

How can I make the most of my wardrobe? Coordinate your vacation wardrobe so you need fewer shoes or accessories.  That little sundress with sneakers could be perfect for shopping in the afternoon, then dressed up with a jacket and flats for dinner out.

Can I reuse? No one really wants to think about doing laundry on vacation, but a load here or there could save you time in the long run. Consider taking along clothing that you can wear more than once before washing or items that you can wash by hand.

We’d love to hear your packing tips as well! Visit our Facebook page to tell us what you do to save space when you hit the road!

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