When we're forced to choose between our favorite things, we're sometimes tempted to just bring it all and to hell with it -- but overpacking can cost more than extra suitcase space and a free hand. Checking more than one bag, exceeding your airline's weight limit or even checking a bag at all can cost you. Delta, for example, charges passengers a $25 fee each way for checking one piece of luggage on domestic flights, and many airlines charge as much as $40 for a second checked bag, and even more than $100 per suitcase for third and fourth checked bags.
11 Versatile Travel Essentials You Can't Do Without
Everyone's packing style is different and we all have our own travel needs, so before you get upset at the idea of leaving behind your beloved toothbrush sanitizer, remember that these are only suggestions. Leave out a few of the following items on your next trip and we promise you won't miss a thing!
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Don't Pack Your Entire Beauty Routine
If you use eight different products to tame your wild curls or have an elaborate face-washing regimen down to a science, let loose a bit when you travel instead of carrying an army of beauty products with you across the globe. Trust us -- you won't look like a cave woman in your vacation pictures if you use a shampoo/conditioner combo for a few nights. If you're adventurous enough to leave home and explore an exotic destination, we bet you can also handle leaving behind a few hair products.
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Don't Pack Your Jewelry and Valuables
Rule of thumb -- if you can't imagine living without your grandmother's wedding ring or your expensive Movado watch, it's best not to cart it overseas, where tourists are common targets for thieves and luggage often gets lost in transit. You may think you look like an icon of style, but to criminals and con-artists you appear as an icon of opportunity. It's also wise not to look like a million bucks if you're trying to bargain with the locals, and sparkly jewelry may set you apart from the natives when you're trying to fit in.