What Not to Pack for Your Next Vacation

Whether you’re planning to take that dream vacation you’ve always wanted to go to or heading for a short business trip, what you pack is very important. After all, many of us feel that it’s always better to be prepared when traveling.

But what about those things that you should NOT ideally pack?


What NOT to pack for your vacation

*My posts may occasionally contain affiliate links

We all have a basic list of what we need to pack when we go on a vacation. But there is also a long list of what you should NOT or need NOT pack while going on a vacation.

Here are a few of the top things that are you need not pack on your vacation –

1. Unnecessary Toiletries

Many of us are used to specific brands of body and hair products. But if you really want to save space and if you’re okay switching brands for a brief period, consider using the products that your hotel provides. 

And if you just cannot do without a particular product, you can even consider buying the product at your destination instead of carrying it with you. Helps save space and the tension of liquids spilling in your bag.

2. Too many Electronics

Let’s face it – we can’t live without our electronics – phones, tablets, laptops – you name it! But it doesn’t mean that you absolutely have to carry everything that you are otherwise reliable on. My husband and I have our own laptops, but while traveling, most of the time we carry just one laptop and share it.

Also, if possible, you can even consider not taking your laptop on your vacation at all – after all, you’re going on a vacation for relaxing, right? 

3. Iron

These days, every hotel – whether big or small provides you with an iron in your room. Even if you are renting a room or are using affordable options like Airbnb, they most likely provide you with an iron. And if you’re not sure, it doesn’t hurt to ask them beforehand.

Get $35 off your first Airbnb Trip

4. Hairdryer

The same goes with a hairdryer as well. Almost all of the hotels these days provide you with a hairdryer. And if you’re not sure, always ask them before packing it in.

5. Books

For many people, a book is a best friend while traveling. After all, they are an excellent way of keeping boredom away. But instead of carrying heavy books, consider investing in a Kindle if you haven’t already.

Similarly, instead of carrying travel guide books, download Free Travel apps like the GPS my City App that offers in-depth city guided tours on your smartphones.

Related | How To Travel Like a Pro with GPSmyCity App

6. Excessive makeup

too much makeup - what not to pack on a vacation

This one is specifically for the ladies. I know it’s very tempting to stuff your makeup bag with a zillion types of brushes and blushes, but really, just avoid packing your entire vanity in your make-up bag.



7. Shoes for each and every outfit

This is again relevant to women more than men. We, women, are guilty of packing shoes for every outfit. Sure, shoes don’t weigh a lot but if you keep adding shoes and try to match them with every outfit before you know it, you will take up precious luggage space.

The smarter and the most obvious choice would be to wear comfortable shoes while traveling and pack at the most 2 shoes in your luggage. 

If you are someone who is absolutely worried about having shoes that match your outfit, try packing a pair of shoes that go with any outfit – like maybe a pair of nude pumps or wedges or those black sandals that go on almost everything.

8. Towels

Unless the hotel or the place that you’re staying in is not going to provide you with fresh and clean towels, there is no need to carry those bulky towels that take up precious luggage space.

9. Too many clothes (that you don’t need)

Okay, this is something that I have to work on myself. Whenever I pack my clothes to go anywhere, I almost always pack 3-4 extra outfits for those ‘but what if I feel like wearing this’ moments. And by the end of my trip, I have a few unused clothes in my bag.

Taking one or two extra clothes is okay. But make sure you don’t overpack your clothes. Anything that makes you think – ‘but what if I need this’ – just don’t take it! You’ll be fine.

10. Full bottles of Supplements/ Medication

I know it’s easy to just throw the entire bottle of your daily supplements or emergency pain relief pills in your suitcase. But do you really need all those pills for just a few days? Instead, put it in smaller travel-sized bottles to save space.

11. More than one Jacket

I generally like carrying a light jacket with me just to be safe (especially on plane rides since airplanes always get so cold!) But unless the place you’re heading to is really cold and you need to wear layers to stay warm, stick to just one basic jacket for your trip.

Also, instead of putting those puffy jackets in your bag and wasting space, tie them to your carry-on.

Related | 10 Tried & Tested Travel Tips I Swear by!

12. Too much Cash & other Valuables

While I’ve said in the past that it’s a good choice to carry some cash with you when you’re traveling, especially when you are traveling internationally, I like carrying only a small amount of cash. So even if it gets lost, I don’t suffer from a significant loss. 

Similarly, I also avoid carrying valuables like expensive watches or jewelry as I really don’t like to be bothered with the risk of misplacing them.

So there you go! These are some of the things that you can keep in mind the next time you pack for your vacation.

What are some of the things that you absolutely struggle with while packing for your vacation?

Pin for Later –

What NOT to pack for your vacation

If you liked this post, please share it – pin it, tweet it, stumble it, or maybe share it on your Facebook!

You can also follow me on –


Smiling Notes


  • Reply

    Nicole Parks

    May 12, 2017

    I always try to pack lightly; carry-on for the win! I only bring credit or debit cards for money and they fit in my phone case so less chance of losing them since my phone is always on me.

    • Reply


      May 12, 2017

      Yes!! I’m all for carry-on too!! We mostly prefer to carry cards as well, but I never thought of putting them in my phone case. That’s an excellent tip, Nicole ???

  • Reply


    May 13, 2017

    Great points. I know for most week long trips I try to stuff everything in a small suitcase. I bring another bag that easily fits in the front of the suitcase for when I get back and have more shopping purchases etc. It’s so hard to only pack a few outfits and coordinate with shoes, accessories. I think I always plan if I go with a Mom or friend, that one of us each brings a straightener, curling iron. And there are so many affordable small travel blow dryers now that is one thing worth bringing. Shoes are the worst because you often need a dress pair, a couple pairs you can switch between, and a comfy pair you can wear when your feet really hurt. When I do t being a comfy pair, I always find I end up buying a pair and I’d rather Byblos pretty high heel or something lol.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply


      May 13, 2017

      You made some really excellent points!! I think it’s really smart to share a straightener or curler when you’re traveling with your mom or friends. I’m going to follow this going forward too ??? And yes, shoes are the worst! Ohh the struggles we women have to face lol
      Thanks for your wonderful comment.

  • Pingback: Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party #67 - Ava's Alphabet

  • Reply

    Very good travel packing ideas. I find shoes the worst. I always like to pack my good walking shoes and they take up so much room. I like your idea with heavy jackets as they can take up so much room.
    Blogger’s Pit Stop

    • Reply


      May 15, 2017

      Yes, shoes are indeed the worst as they take up so much space. Thanks a lot for Blogger’s Pit Stop, Kathleen.

  • Pingback: Family Joy Blog Link Party #67 » Keys To Inspiration

  • Pingback: Family Joy Blog Link Party #67 - MelClaire

  • Pingback: Family Joy Blog Linkup #67 - Pursue Your Project

  • Reply


    May 14, 2017

    Hah I think I am guilty of almost all of those, good advice, thanku 🙂

  • Reply


    May 15, 2017

    These are some very good tips. I always tend to pack much more than I really need. So, next time, I`ll try and follow your tips!

    • Reply


      May 15, 2017

      Over packing happens to a lot of us… so you’re not alone. Glad you liked my post, Christina.

  • Reply


    June 19, 2017

    Such good tips. Added to my Pinterest queue. Thanks for sharing at the To Grandmas House We Go link party.

  • Pingback: 11 Reasons Why You Need to Travel More

  • Reply

    I always used to pack too many outfits – I have now learnt since having 3 kids that this can no longer happen. sarah #ExplorerKids

  • Reply


    August 22, 2017

    The shoes get me every time! I always want a specific shoe for each outfit!! 🙂

    • Reply


      August 22, 2017

      Haha I’m the same. I try so hard not to do it ?

  • Reply


    August 22, 2017

    Such a smart post. I always take too many clothes! Going to try to pare it down for our next trip!

  • Reply

    August 27, 2017

    lol! This post is great! I am always – always pack too any clothes that I don’t actually wear – too many times. lol!

    Thanks for linking up with us on #ExplorerKids Linky

  • Reply

    Great tips for traveling lighter. But, honestly, who would pack an iron?? I wouldn’t dream of doing any ironing while on holiday! #ExplorerKids

    • Reply


      September 4, 2017

      Haha I know, right?! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Pingback: 10 Things Nobody Tells you before Visiting New York City

  • Pingback: Road Trip Essentials to make Traveling Easier

  • Pingback: Easy Hacks for finding the Cheapest Flight Deals

Thanks for reading. I would love to hear what you think