You Shouldn’t Pack These Things for Your Next Vacation

2. Clothes you just bought

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Shoppers carry bags with purchased clothes on Oxford Street on June 9, 2016 in London, England.

Don’t pack too many new things. | Jack Taylor/Getty Images

It’s OK to add a couple of new pieces to your wardrobe in the weeks before a trip if you anticipate finding some gaps. Perhaps you realized that you’d really like to have more than one bikini for your beach vacation, or you’ve finally come to terms with the fact that your favorite white button-front shirts aren’t really so white anymore. But if you’ve been running around at the last minute buying new tops or colorful new statement jewelry just so you feel prepared for your trip, think twice about whether or not those pieces are going to work with the items you already know you’re bringing. Trendy clothes and accessories may look cute on the rack, but if they don’t match anything else that you own, they’re going to sit unworn in your suitcase.

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