What Not to Pack: 5 Things Savvy Travelers Leave at Home

What Not to Pack: 5 Things Savvy Travelers Leave at Home

Lighten your load like the insiders do.

By Karen Gardiner

Dragging your suitcase around is annoying enough without having to worry about falling foul of airlines' increasingly punitive baggage restrictions. Travel light — and leave some space for souvenirs — by leaving the following items at home.

1. Your Workout Gear

If you are of the opinion that a relaxing vacation is no reason to forgo your exercise routine, you may be dismayed to find out just how much space running shoes and gym clothing can take up in your suitcase. Helpfully, Fairmont Hotels — which has a presence everywhere from Hawaii to Dubai and Bali — and Westin, which has 192 hotels around the world, both offer lending programs. Fairmont delivers Reebok apparel, footwear, and a yoga mat with stretch band to your room (though you have to be a Fairmont President's Club member). For $5 Westin will deliver a set of freshly laundered New Balance gear to your room. The kit includes a pair of socks, which you can keep.

2. All of Your Hair Accessories

If you must use styling tools on your hair every day, we can relate (although Olivia Culpo can't). However, there's no need to drag around your appliances if you can find a hotel that provides them. Many hotels, from Cartagena to London, provide ghd straighteners in-room or upon request. If you are traveling within the U.S., or to Amsterdam or the Cayman Islands, staying at a Kimpton Hotel should put your mind at ease. Their Forgot It? We’ve Got It! program offers a long list of free amenities available for use during your stay, including hair straighteners and curling irons.

3. Your Most Precious Jewels

Should your luggage go missing, there is a limit to how much you can claim back from the airline. As Brett Graff, a financial expert at The Home Economist recently told us: "Claims can be up to $3,500 per passenger, but most airlines won’t cover jewelry; be careful what you pack."

4. A Different Outfit for Every Day

If you are going to Paris, New York, Milan, or Tokyo, you are likely to spend a little time shopping. (Are we right, Vanderpump Rules crew?!) Leave space in your bag for those irresistible clothes that will forever carry a special attachment for having been sourced in a far-off locale. Even better, head for a vintage store and switch out your old outfit for something new. You can pick up designer steals in Paris, vintage Americana in Tokyo and genuine tweed, and cashmere in Edinburgh.

5. Kids' Entertainment

If you are worried about keeping the kids entertained while you lounge on the deck, check out what children's amenities are offered at your hotel. St. Regis offers a Family Traditions program at many of its 34 worldwide properties, which includes adventurous kids activities and a fully staffed Children's Club. The St. Regis Butler service also provides strollers, baby wipes, diapers, cribs and roll-away beds for those traveling with babies. Raffles Hotels and Resorts offers a collection of destination-specific activities — from creativity workshops in Paris to a conservation program in the Seychelles — at its 13 properties. And Four Seasons properties have kids' amenities galore. (Of course, none of this will help you on the plane — that's where you're on your own to entertain the kiddos.)

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