Taking a vacation is great for your health, but you might not believe that until you get past the stressful stage of obsessing over what you should pack for that getaway to the beach, city, or mountains. You probably already have a mental list (or a written list) of the things you are going to pack on vacation. But what about the things that you aren’t going to pack? Read on to make sure that you aren’t planning to pack anything unnecessary or overly cumbersome. Eliminating the things you don’t need is a great way to spare your back, have some extra room for souvenirs, and make sure you only have what you need when you arrive at your destination.
1. New or uncomfortable shoes
A vacation is not the time to finally get that uncomfortable but cute pair of shoes to bend to your will. Many vacations are pretty heavy on walking time, and even if you don’t anticipate walking much farther than between your hotel room and the beach, you still won’t want to bother with footwear that pinches of gives you blisters. Also forego packing any brand-new shoes until you’ve had a chance to really test them out (more extensively than just walking around your apartment). Even if you’re more into hanging poolside than taking a hike or a walking tour, you’ll still want shoes that won’t hurt your feet.