Eight Items That Never Leave Your Suitcase

On the last day of your vacation, you open up your suitcase to start packing and uncover a dirty little secret — you never used some of the items you brought with you!

We’ve all been there. Sometimes, it’s due to poor planning—you waited until the last minute to pack, so you just stuffed every clean piece of clothing into your suitcase. Other times, it’s because you’re overly cautious—just in case it rains, you bring an umbrella, rain boots and a jacket even though the forecast for your beach vacation is sunny and warm.

This post isn’t about packing lighter; it’s about packing smarter. There’s no reason to lug around the extra items. By getting rid of them, you’ll make more room for the essentials or, better yet, reserve space for on-the-road purchases.

Here are some things that always seemed to stay in my bag. Nowadays, I leave them all at home.

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