Although my travel plans have been interrupted this year, I keep reassessing my packing skills. Knowing what to put in a carry-on bag and what to keep at home is a valuable organizational tool that I still use when it’s time for my big year-end closet cleans. As a former chronic overpacker, learning to travel definitely took some time. If you’re like me, a study recently conducted by Trunk Club (Nordstrom’s personal styling company) is likely to pique your interest. The study looked at the travel and packing habits of Americans and found that a whopping 62% of respondents admitted to packing too much when traveling, which the study attributed to the fact that most started packing 24 hours before they left . They also voted that packing was more stressful than the trip itself. Suddenly staying home doesn’t sound too bad.
The study found that “almost a quarter of the average suitcase [is] left untouched while traveling, “which is a shame if we could all use that extra space for things we actually carry, or even swap our suitcase for a smaller one. So what are the most common items that people always pack, but never wear? Jackets, long sleeved shirts and socks. (This tidbit can be useful in keeping in mind that next time travel will be a thing again.) Maggie Mee, Director of Merchandising at Trunk Club, advises, “To avoid overpacking, use versatile items that Can be used for multiple outfits and occasions. ”Translation: Limit yourself to a jacket, two long sleeve shirts, and just enough socks to cover the days of wearing shoes that actually require socks.
For even more results from the study, read the survey, and then scroll down to shop for some of the eclectic items I’ve learned to always pack.