Avoid packing around the “maybes”
I caution against packing for what you “may” need while traveling. Could the weather turn unexpectedly cold while touring across Italy in July? Sure…I guess. But is it really worth cramming your winter coat into your suitcase and carrying it all over Europe? No. Research what your destination’s climate is normally like during that time of year and check the weather forecast ahead of time, and then plan accordingly. On the off-chance an unexpected rainstorm happens, you can always look at purchasing something while traveling. I once had to buy a jacket while in London during a particularly wet and gloomy day. This is something I probably should have been prepared for in England, but nevertheless, it became one of the most memorable things I’ve ever purchased—not to mention, it makes for a great story. The bottom line is: do not pack something because you “may” need it. More than likely, you won’t need many of those items, and they’ll just add weight to your suitcase and take up space.
Leave your inhibitions behind
Do you think that artwork makes you “nerdy” or that you can’t like theater and sports? If so, you’re completely wrong. Traveling is largely about exposing yourself to new experiences, different cultures, and foreign ways of thinking. I’ve seen the biggest “jocks” not want to leave the Louvre. I’ve heard students who had no interest in theater, talk about it for days after watching a show in London. Trying new food also falls into this category. Not a coffee drinker? Pony up to the counter and order an espresso while in Milan, or start your morning off with a croissant and cappuccino while in Paris. As the American author Neale Donald Walsch said, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Travel is your opportunity to try new things, push your limits, and grow as a person.