How to avoid over-packing...

If you are like me you want to be prepared for everything, and that can mean taking a ton of stuff with you were ever you go. The downfall for that is you usually take way too much and it can slow you down or end up costing you a lot of money. So today we are going to talk about how to avoid over-packing. 

The first thing you should do before you begin packing is pull out a calendar, or write down how many days you will be away. Then write down any special activities you plan on doing, like a hike, a 5 star dinner or working out. Once you have made you list, now you can get started. 


  • Underwear 
  • Socks
  • Jeans (Two pair is more than enough)


  • Pick out pieces to mix and match from day to night 
  • Don't forget a light jacket, sweater and umbrella


  • Plan your number of outfits and snap a photo of the entire outfit so you don't waste luggage space and don't waste time on vacation!


  • 1 pair of sandals or boots depending on the season
  • 1 pair of dress shoes 
  • 1 pair of sneakers 


  •  Only bring essentials. You don't need to take all of your makeup and soap with you on your trip! Downsize your full containers of soap into smaller bottles. If you are going on a long trip consider buying products when you arrive to your destination at a local drug store! 


  • If you check luggage, ALWAYS carry on one extra outfit and a bathing suit. If your luggage gets lost for a day you won't have to spend extra cash! 
  • Bring an empty water bottle and snacks with you while traveling. Don't waste your money on expensive snacks.
  •  Keep hand wipes or sanitizer with you at all times.
  • Minimize the amount of electronic devices you bring if possible.
  • Don't forget to let your Credit Union know you are going out of town, so your card won’t be frozen due to unusual spending. If you are a member of Michigan First you can call 365 Live to let them know you are going out of town and plan on using your credit/ debit card. Remember you can get ahold of a Michigan First team member 365 days a year 24 hours a day! No need to worry about your finances when you are a member here.

Do you have any other tips? Post a comment!

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