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    Updated on Dec 6, 2019. Posted on May 3, 2019

    17 Packing Charts You'll Wish You Had Known About Sooner

    From weekend getaways to month-long trips, these charts have you covered!

    1. Pick the luggage size that's perfect for your trip.

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    You can also opt for a weekender bag for trips between one and three days.

    2. Make sure you know the carry-on dimensions allowed by the airline you're traveling with.

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    Better safe than sorry! Check out this chart, as well as the list of luggage specifications from 150 airlines, before you purchase a new carry-on.

    3. Find an answer to the age-old question of how much underwear to pack.

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    Here's how you read this chart: Pick the number of days you'll be going away, then follow that column down until you hit the preferred number of pairs and how many times you have to do laundry. Gold numbers mean that you will return home with no extra clean pairs. This chart also takes into account any washes you do while away.

    4. Beware of those dreaded luggage weight restrictions.

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    The last thing anyone wants is to be forced to toss their belongings or pay extra for overweight luggage. This handy chart breaks down those restrictions by airline.

    5. And definitely don't forget about TSA's rules for packing liquids.

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    The rule is sometimes tricky, but always remember: Containers with no more than 3.4 oz of liquid go in a 1-quart, see-through bag, and only one bag is allowed per carry-on (aka, the 3-1-1 rule).

    6. Figure out if you really need what you're about to pack.

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    There's probably no need for anything that'll make you feel like you're dragging a boulder around the airport. And if you haven't used the item the last 10 times you packed it, you probably won't need it this time.

    7. Become the light packer you desire to be in just five simple steps.

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    It can be easy to fall into the trap of packing more outfits than you actually need — you need to look cute for ALL your Insta pics, after all! Pick a few staple pieces and ones that are easy to dress up or down, and you're good to go.

    8. Use this ~pretty~ packing pyramid to avoid overpacking for shorter trips.

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    No more racking your brain over how many pairs of pants you really need for one weekend! The best part is, they all fit conveniently into one bag.

    9. Fit 30 days' worth of items into just one carry-on and a backpack.

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    Pack clothing that can easily be layered. And, instead of packing books that'll take up space, use your phone or tablet to read from online sources.

    10. Master these space-saving tricks and folds.

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    Aim to make use of all the space you have, and don't be afraid of compression bags — they're here to help!

    11. Try your hand at this method for wrapping a clothing bundle.

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    This method is perfect for packing smaller suitcases or if you're carrying lightweight clothing items.

    12. Distribute the weight in your suitcase like a pro.

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    Heavier items like shoes should go along the walls of the suitcase, while lighter items like makeup bags and toiletries should be placed on top.

    13. And don't forget about the weight in your backpack.

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    Items you'll need at night should be at the very bottom of your backpack, but light clothing items should go toward the top.

    14. Be prepared when you travel with a pet.

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    Keep an ID tag on your pet with your contact information in case your pet gets lost.

    15. Pick the correct plug adapter for overseas travel.

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    Instead of googling, "What type of adapter do I need in Ireland?" keep this chart bookmarked in your browser.

    16. Make sure you know exactly what you can't take on a plane.

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    Knowing what you can — and can't — pack will help you get through TSA quicker. Do your homework on items that aren't allowed on the plane for a smooth security screening.

    17. And polish it off with this list of do's and don'ts.

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    Remember to pack essentials like medication — just because you're traveling doesn't mean you stop taking care of yourself!

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