a girls worse nightmare

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Decision numero uno when you are getting ready to travel is always, “What bag should I take?”  Big, small, round, square, hard, soft, roller, backpack, etc.  The list goes on and on!!  Which bag you choose is potentially the most important decision you’ll make and will take some research depending on your trip needs.

If you are going on a shorter trip, you more than likely can use a bag you have stored away that has just been collecting dust.  However, if you plan on doing some more intense traveling and will be transporting from place to place, I recommend doing some research via travel blogs and retailers such as REI.

REI has more options than you could have ever imagined.  On top of that, they will take the time to educate you on every little detail that is important to know for a journey such as the one you are about to embark on.

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If you do decide to make a trip to your nearest REI store, see which features work best for you.  From there, search the world wide web for the best deal, or hit up social media to see if any of your friends have what you are looking for.  That way you can save a little more money and put it toward the actual trip itself.  I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a great hiking backpack from an old colleague which saved me close to $300!

After you’ve got the bag, it’s all about organization.  Depending on whether you have a top or side opening really determines how you should pack your luggage.  One thing that would make organizing the contents of your bag that much easier is by purchasing packing cubes.  I know what you’re thinking, “I’m already going to be pushing it for room in my bag.  Why would I want to add more material that takes up space.”


Well to answer your question, these little nuggets help to keep your items grouped so that they are easily organized by category and are compact.  The light weight material takes up nearly no space and can be water proof depending on which brand you purchase!  Another benefit of these ingenious packing items is that when you are rifling through your bag to find something, you don’t have to pull each shirt or pant out one by one.  You can literally take each cube out and know exactly which clothing category is within each.  So get to rolling your clothes to prevent wrinkles and organize away!


My last tip for you when finalizing your bag and it’s contents is to LEAVE ROOM IN YOUR BAG!!  I know this is one of the hardest things to ask of a woman because we feel the need to always overpack, but I promise you will not regret it.

Going to places such as Paris and Italy I wish I would have thought ahead and left room in my bag for items I wanted to purchase while abroad.  Instead, I actually had to wait to go shopping until my last destination and only allowed myself to get 5 items because I didn’t have enough room in my bag.  Believe me when I say…you are going to want more room in your bag so you can shop your little heart out.

If leaving extra room in your suitcase is too much to ask, try to bring articles of clothing that you can easily part with.  That way at the end of your trip if you decide to make a few new purchases, you can leave some clothes behind and won’t be too heart broken.


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