The Summer Suitcase Challenge


Published: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 2:55 p.m.

We love stuff. Hoarding may be a little too strong a word, but today it's easy to accumulate clothes, technology and other thingamajigs we think we need.

When it comes to your summer travel plans, throwing your whole closet into a suitcase not only doesn't work, but also is impractical. Packing is an art, and without following guidelines and well-practiced techniques, you're heading toward an over-packing disaster.

Although we'd rather not hear it, planes have a bag weight limit, cruise cabins are unbelievably tight and, realistically, vacations don't last a lifetime. Susan Boate, the former travel manager at the AAA Gainesville branch, shares some of the most important – and shockingly painless – tips to consider when making light a must — even if it doesn't come naturally.

Continue reading this feature as it appears in print in our online magazine viewer.

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

▲ Return to Top