The Ultimate Avoiding Overpacking Quiz

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The Ultimate Avoiding Overpacking Quiz
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About This Quiz

Packing is often the hardest part of going on a trip. It is hard to know what to take and what to leave behind and the result is usually an over-stuffed bag that you can barely lift, let alone carry around with you for weeks or months. The good news is that overpacking can be avoided using some simple tips and tricks. Take this quiz to learn about ways to avoid overpacking.
Why do people overpack?
They panic about the "what-ifs" and pack for them.
People tend to worry about the "what-ifs" and start to pack for the odd occasion they may need something. This adds unnecessary weight to your bag.
They get home-sick and want to take everything.
Their mothers make them take things that they don't need.

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What sort of bag helps you to decrease the amount of space taken up in your bag?
a gym bag
a cooler bag
a compression bag
Compression bags help to compress your clothes into a smaller space. They are especially useful for underwear and clothes that don't get wrinkled.

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What does a packing folder help to prevent?
wrinkles in your clothes
A packing folder helps to keep your clothes wrinkle-free and also saves space.
clothes getting dirty
losing clothes

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Which part of your suitcase or bag should you remember to utilize to maximize available space?
straps
pockets
both of the above
Fill pockets and use straps to attach extra things to your bag.

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What size toiletries should you bring?
small
Where possible, leave your toiletries behind. If you need to bring toiletries along, get the small travel-size ones.
medium
large

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What type of accommodation usually provides toiletries?
a hotel
A hotel usually provides toiletries. To save yourself some luggage place, call ahead to see exactly which ones they supply. Also make sure to clarify which toiletries are complimentary and which you have to pay for to save yourself a nasty surprise on the bill when you leave.
a camp ground
a motor home

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Why else is it important to have small toiletries?
They won't get stolen.
Airport security likes them.
You will save yourself problems getting through airport security with smaller toiletries, due to the rules about taking liquids on the plane that are enforced these days.
They won't spill.

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How can you avoid taking many different outfits?
Buy clothes at your destination.
Only take clothes appropriate for the season at the destination.
Dress in layers.
Choose a few key outfits and take layers so that you can dress them up or down for different temperatures or levels of formality.

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What sort of places should you take into account when planning your trip wardrobe?
places at high altitudes
religious places
Religious places often require more modest dress. Remember this when packing if you intend to visit these sort of places.
dusty places

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When you chose shoes for you trip, what is the most important factor?
comfort
Chances are you will be on your feet a lot while travelling so make sure you bring comfy shoes. Try to limit the amount of shoes you bring to one or two pairs, since shoes take up a lot of space in a bag.
style
color

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How can you tell if you are carrying too much luggage in your bag?
if it is bulging
if you feel exhausted carrying your bag around at home for an hour
If the just the thought of carrying your bag around is exhausting you or if you are feeling exhausted after an hour of carrying your bag around at home then you probably have too much in it.
if it feels very light

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What sort of service at your destination can help you cut down the amount of luggage you take?
an ironing service
a meal service
a laundry
If you will have access to a laundry you may be able to cut back the amount of clothing you take along.

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What social taboo doesn't exist while you are travelling that can help save space in your bag?
You can wear the same outfit twice.
You won't be socializing with the same group of friends every day so it is alright to wear the same outfit for a couple of days, despite the social taboos that exist when you are home.
You don't need to shower.
You don't need to be polite.

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How many bags should you take?
1
Ideally you should only take one bag. It will save you worrying about theft, as you will have fewer bags to account for. In addition, you will save costs by avoiding excess baggage. You will also be able to walk to places you may have needed a taxi to get to with extra bags and you will find your trip more leisurely carrying only one bag around.
2
3

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When you use the bundling technique to pack, what sort of clothes go around the core of the bundle?
clothes that don't wrinkle
wrinkle-prone clothes
To use the bundling technique for successful packing, find a core object and wrap the larger and more wrinkle-prone pieces around it first, such as dresses, jackets and shirts.
smaller pieces

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You Got:
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