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Travel Sense: Lighten your Load
By Lynne Christen

Tired of arriving at a destination without what you need and too much of what you don’t need and won’t wear? Hate paying airline checked baggage fees and overweight baggage fees? It’s time to lighten your load. Take this advice from a well-dressed former flight attendant turned travel journalist who travels the world with only a carry-on bag.

Invest in sturdy, lightweight luggage with wheels, preferably four “spinners.” Also be sure to check the weight. The more a bag weighs empty, the less you can pack before hitting airline over-weight baggage limits and forking over fees.

Build a travel wardrobe around a three color scheme using both prints and solids and stick to it. Combinations such as red, black and tan or blue, grey and cream work well. Become a mix and match expert. When all your tops match all your bottoms; the possibilities are endless.

Limit shoes. Shop for shoes that go with everything you wear. One pair of dress shoes, comfortable walking shoes and slippers should take care of travel for a week or more.

Leave heirloom jewelry at home. Never travel with anything you can’t afford to lose. Accessorize with scarves and inexpensive, eye-catching costume jewelry.

There’s nothing like a few good books to banish boredom during long hours in the sky and airport waits. Ditch heavy books and go for a Kindle or iPhone loaded with the latest reads.

Make packing a breeze and never forget essentials. Create a detailed packing checklist for travel clothing, accessories, important papers, comfort items and toiletries. Print the checklist and laminate a copy to keep in your luggage between trips.

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