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The psychology behind over- (and under-) packing
This story is part of a group of stories called If you find yourself at an airport, you'll likely notice two types of travelers. There's the person struggling with the overstuffed suitcase (or three) right alongside the traveler handling little more than a light duffel.

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The Emotions Matter

We become stressful or anxious while packing for a trip, due to us going out of our comfort zone, or in front of uncomfortable and different people.

Our previous good (or bad) travel experien...

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Wheely is Not Speedy

Wheeled luggage is generally seen as a convenience, but is, in fact, a constraint, as once a heavy and large suitcase is with you, you are bound to 'wheel' it around everywhere, cutting down your t...

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Be a Light Packer

Light packing relaxes you and facilitates spontaneous travel, a minimalistic packing done in a backpack or a shoulder bag works best.

Chronic overpacking, while it seems logical as people can...

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