Fun is preparing for vacation. Stressful is attempting to pack for one.
A recent survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by OnePoll and Nordstrom's Trunk Club, found that 65 percent of people find packing difficult. And the headaches don't end there:
- A third of respondents said they pack within 24 hours of a trip, with last-minute decision-making contributing to their stress.
- 62 percent of travelers admitted that they overpacked.
- Three of five respondents fessed up to having to purchase something while on their trip.
- Another 25 percent said there were items they packed that they never used. (The things most often unworn include jackets, socks, long-sleeved shirts, shoes, sweatshirts and jeans.)
Packing lists are a dime a dozen, so why are Americans having such trouble packing?
Instead of providing you with another packing list, we turned to the experts: travel writers and bloggers who spend a lot of time on the road, and know from extensive experience what to bring and how to minimize.
Check out their following go-to hacks to achieve packing bliss. Or, at the very least, a little less packing anxiety.