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The psychology behind over- (and under-) packing

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 experience also comes in play.

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The psychology behind over- (and under-) packing

The psychology behind over- (and under-) packing

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/1/16/21065669/psychology-over-under-packing

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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 travel options.

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 need so many things, is a hassle for travel, as there is so much to worry about and carry along.

Too much baggage leads to a baggage-heavy mindset.

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Travelling is your best teacher
Contrary to popular belief, traveling can teach you more than a classroom, job, or relationship ever will.

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Lessons that travelling will teach you
  1. To be more patient when things do not go as planned - and it happens on every trip. 
  2. To leave your comfort zone. It's exhilarating to forget what's familiar for a bit and expand your horizons.
  3. To be more curious. Being in new territory will probe new ideas and curiosities.
  4. To appreciate other cultures. 
  5. To live simply. You can survive with very, very little.
  6. To make friends with strangers as travelling make you desperate for human interaction.
  7. ...but to also embrace your solo travel experience.  You will come home with a new sense of independence.
  8. To try new things as what you do at home doesn't always work when you travel.
  9. To think creatively. Sometimes it takes a little thinking outside of the box to get by.

  10. To find beauty in small things that you did not notice before you started your trip, like a home-cooked meal.

Pointing and calling our habits

Pointing-and-calling is so effective because it raises the level of awareness from a nonconscious habit to a more conscious level. 

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The Habits Scorecard

... for discovering which habits to change:

  • Make a list of your daily habits.
  • Decide which is a good habit, a bad habit, or a neutral habit, by how they will benefit you in the long run.
  • There is no need to change anything at first, simply acknowledge what is actually going on.
Change and awareness

Changing a behavior always starts with awareness. 

Focus on recognizing your habits and acknowledge the cues that trigger them, which makes it easier to discover which habits you should change and respond in a way that benefits you