Top Ways to Avoid OverpackingTop Ways to Avoid Overpacking Let’s face it; we are all guilty of overpacking at some point in our lives. No matter how hard we try, we seem to always end up with a suitcase that will not shut and an unnecessary amount of stress, prior to leaving for our trip. Want to end these days of excessive packing? Here is a list of the tops ways to avoid overpacking, so you can enjoy your trip! Check the weather First off, it is important to take a look at the weather forecast of your travel destination. Chances are if you are traveling to somewhere tropical, an extreme amount of warm clothing is not necessary! Get rid of those bulky “just in case” items, and instead plan for the predicted forecast. Pack Versatile clothing Another important tip is to make sure you are bringing clothing that can be worn for several different occasions. By bringing versatile clothing you will have the ability to create a plethora of outfit choices, and still be able to pack light! Coordinate with Travel Buddies Traveling with a group of friends? Many toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, hairdryer, etc. can be shared. Coordinate with the group, and decide who will be packing what items. This will significantly lighten your suitcase, and reduce the amount of duplicate items packed. Invest in Packing Cubes In order to create the most efficient packing, you should invest in packing cubes. Using these cubes will allow you to organize your suitcase into different sections. This is an organized method of packing, and will also make it easier to find items in your suitcase while on your trip. No Last Minute Packing! This is possibly the most common mistake travelers make that lead to overpacking! Last minute packing leads to extreme stress, and a suitcase that will not shut. To avoid this, set time aside a few days in advance or at least the night before to pack for your trip. This will allow you ample time to think about the absolute essentials you will need for your trip. About the Blogger: Stephanie Dillon is a Marketing student at Miami University (Ohio).