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When Packing For a Vacation, Take Half as Much Clothing and Twice as Much Money

Do You Agree With This Travel Adage?

No matter the destination, prepping for vacation seems to entail the same things — like getting cash and calling credit card companies to packing carefully to make sure I don't forget anything important — but I also invariably recall a particular travel adage, as I get ready to jet:

When packing for a vacation, take half as much clothing and twice as much money.

Now I don't always heed the advice in this classic sentiment, yet it stuck in my mind ever since I took my first solo vacation as a teenager. If you already only stock the fashion basics for trips, or don't have double the money to grab, the words mean less in the literal sense but would this advice ever ring true for you?

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Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
No, no, no.. I have a problem of never packing enough clothes and then I have to wear the same thing twice lol.
imariec imariec 7 years
I don't really get it, but I'm also the type of person that when I travel I do so to learn a new city/cuture/etc., not to go shopping and be stuck at a mall. My husband and I also always travel on budget, so we take advantage of many things cities have at discount or free, spending only the basics we'd be spending on if we were home, and on a couple really meaningful extras that enhance the experice. Budget tip #1 for us is never never never bring souvenirs for anyone - it's our trip. But that's just us.
pearsbeary pearsbeary 7 years
i would go w/ a compromise of 3/4 clothing! as a frequent traveler, i'm sure i'll see stuff i like, but i'm not a fan of buying something i already own... therefore, i always bring enough clothes and some money & space to spare for anything i buy
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
No. I would always rather have more clothes than I need than be missing something. Maybe the person who came up with this adage needed extra money because she had to buy clothes when she gets there!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
hmmm well i am a chronic overpacker so i don't know...i tend to think this makes sense but i don't necessarily heed the advice...and in terms of extra cash, i bring my visa and am usually okay!
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