If you’re a packrat, you know it. You’ve come to terms with it. But that doesn’t mean your traveling companions will like it when you lug everything under the sun to… and from… your family vacation spot.
Here are some ways that you, as a card-carrying member of the sometimes-irritating (but ultimately lovable) packrat community, can curb your appetite for clutter while at some of the best family vacation spots on the planet.
1. Have someone else pack for you
Now, don’t freak out. Seriously consider this as a viable travel tip. After all, you know very well that if you’re packing your duds for a week at one of those wonderful Delaware condominiums, you’re likely to throw too much together. So why not allow someone else to pack on your behalf?
Just make sure that you let him or her know of things that you absolutely need, like medications. But don’t dictate how many bathing suits or magazines to pop into the suitcase. That way, you’ll arrive at your family vacation destination with less to lug.
2. Set a packing limit
Just as you would set a “spending limit”, why not set a limit on how many things you can pack in your suitcases?
For instance, say you figure you’ll not pack more than 50 things (total, including toiletries) for your stay at a Florida vacation condo. If you go over the amount, you’ll have to remove items. If you’re under the amount (and let’s face it, no packrat will be), you can celebrate.
3. Carry everything yourself
If you want to curb your packrat ways, tell yourself that whatever you bring, YOU have to carry. Not someone else. This means up the flight of stairs in the airport or through the train station concourse on your way to your best family vacation spots.
If you know you’ll have to muscle anything you bring, you’re less likely to fill your luggage until it’s about to pop open. And that means your visit to a few Canadian hotels will be much less of a workout.
Bon voyage… lightly!