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I’ve struggled with packing suitcases right from my first trip abroad. Missing out on essential items (forgetting to carry chargers only to purchase overpriced ones at the airport in a panic), to stuffing my bag with things I likely wouldn’t need (hair spa kit on a jam-packed itinerary!?) to clothes shoved inside the suitcase, crumpled and creased, desperate for some air.. the list goes on. I decided to tackle this nuisance of life and to put an end to my misery for good. How tough could it be to lead an organized life? My mother is organized, and she turned out quite okay. To give you some perspective, this is pretty much how bag looks three days into a vacation:efabcaec-c14a-4923-9d4c-b3c0ed5f2628

To save myself the hassle of sitting on a suitcase to close the zip (a ridiculous feeling at best), I was determined to end my war with luggage this time around. I started with a list of things duly noted in my phone as I remembered them through the day for a check-list I could rely on. Irrespective of whether you’re traveling to a beach, the hills, another city, with your friends/family or solo, this should serve as a quick cheat-sheet:

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While a checklist is only the first step towards the packing process, the biggest challenge is organizing everything in a manner that a lot of things fit into it properly, are easy and light to carry and can be easily discovered. Unearthing clothing from a dump of stuff is an invitation to chaos (and that’s when you know you aren’t really winning at life).

This chart co-produced with Rebates Zone should have your back as far as the battle with bags goes:

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Nikita Butalia is a solo 20-something traveler who documents her experiences around India and the rest of the world in witty narratives and travel tales that are best read curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate on a winter evening.

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