These Studies Show 3 Items That Always Pack Travelers But Not Wear
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Even though my travel plans for this year were paused, I was still reviewing my packing skills. Knowing what to throw away in a carryer versus what to keep at home is an important organizational tool I still use in time for my big year-end closet cleaning. As a former chronic super packer, learning to travel light will definitely take some time. If you're like me, a recent study conducted by Trunk Club (Nordstrom's personal style company) might arouse your interest. The study examined American travel and packing habits and found that a whopping 62% of those surveyed admitted to excessive packing when traveling, which the study attributed to the fact that most began to wrap up 24 hours before leaving. They also voted that packing was more stressful than travel itself. A sudden stay at home does not sound too bad.
The study found that "almost a quarter of the average suitcase [is] was left untouched when traveling," which is a shame when we all use too much space for things that are Really wear, or even replace our suitcase for a smaller one. So what are the most common items that are always packed but not worn by people? Jackets, long-sleeved shirts, and socks . (This tidbit can be handy to note the next trip will be something again.) Maggie Mee, head of merchandising at Trunk Club, advised, “To avoid over-packing, consider using versatile items that can be repurposed for many clothes and occasions. "Translation: Shrink it with a jacket, two long-sleeved shirts, and just enough socks to cover the day when wearing shoes. really need socks.
Read the survey for more findings from the study, and scroll to select some of the versatile items I have learned to always pack.
This post was previously published and has since been updated.