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The art of packing a suitcase is not as difficult as it may seem

For those who have not yet traveled enough to understand that they don’t need those five pairs of shoes  because, at the end of the day, we always find ourselves wearing the most comfortable ones, here are some tips that will make your life easier while traveling.

Tip number 1:
Never wait until the last minute to pack

Never wait until the last minute to pack your bags, unless you are already a seasoned pro. The reason is very simple; you risk being a little tense and insecure and be tempted to add this and that “just in case of…”.

Remember that the “just in case” things are often items that can be purchased locally if you ever actually need them. Unless your destination is on a deserted island, of course.

Tip number 2:
The power of a list

To avoid the stress of weighing your luggage at the airport, make a list of what you really need, keeping in mind that the fewer things in your suitcase, the better. Moreover, if you choose a large suitcase, you can be sure that it will be filled to the brim so why not choose a moderately large one.

The weight of the bag itself – when empty – is also something to consider. You can now easily find lightweight yet sturdy suitcases.

Finally, why bring toiletries that will be provided by the hotel? Surely you can survive a few days without your favorite shampoo and without using your hyper-efficient dryer.

Make your packing list based on the activities planned and the forecasted weather.

Tip number 3:
Convenient and hassle free

Once you understand that less is more, make sure to choose your clothes according to their practicality, which means that a little black skirt that can easily be worn two or three times with different shirts or blouses will become your best friend.

Also, incredibly important is to check if the clothes will crumple during the flight? A beautiful designer shirt will look not so good if it is wrinkled in the back…  Although some hotels provide an iron, do you really want to iron and, most importantly, are you good at it?

To avoid all the hassle,  choose fabrics that do not crease and do not need to be washed after being worn once.

If you put these tips into practice, it’s a safe bet that you will realize that a well-packed suitcase is so much less stress!


Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services