5. Your entire bookshelf
Books can be heavy and take up lots of space. If you think you’ll read more than one novel while you’re away, take an e-reader. This applies to multiple guidebooks, too – we sell digital version of all our guides, so you can get all the advice you need, without weighing yourself down.
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6. Hair straighteners
Remember a time before hair straighteners? If not, you’ll have to take our word for it – humanity managed to survive. There’s no denying that straighteners have transformed many a frizzy mop into a sleek mane; but while you’re on holiday, you can ditch the extra baggage weight, embrace the freedom of being away from home and go for a more natural, beachy look. You might even end up preferring wavy and wild to straight and manicured.
7. Home comforts
Everyone misses the odd food while away. Whether it’s English breakfast tea, Marmite on toast, Cadbury’s chocolate, Oreo cookies or Reese’s Pieces, you’ll still be able to have them when you get back, and you’ll enjoy them all the more if you’ve had a break. Embrace the culture and cuisine of your destination, and leave the tea bags (and teapot) at home.
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8. That fourth pair of shoes
Going backpacking? Trainers/hiking boots: check. Flip flops: check. Going away somewhere fancy? Add a pair of smart shoes. Any more than this, and you’re asking for trouble.
9. Tent pegs
If you’re taking hand luggage only, don’t pack tent pegs, as they’re only allowed in the hold. You might be surprised by airline carry-on restrictions, which include badminton rackets, spanners, fishing rods, radioactive materials and electric drills. Alright, maybe those last two aren’t completely unexpected.
10. Valuable jewellery
Expensive jewellery or anything of sentimental value are a big no-no (with the exception of engagement and wedding rings). If you’re seriously concerned about losing that big blingy chain or having it stolen, simplify things by not bringing it.
11. A guitar
There’s only so many times your meal/sleep/reading can be interrupted by the sound of out-of-tune crooning by the guitar guy/girl trying to impress fellow travellers round the campfire before you lose your mind. You’ve heard No Woman No Cry, Buffalo Soldier and Wonderwall countless times in cafés, on the beach and in hostel common rooms.
Despite the astounding abundance of songs in the world, once that guitar hits foreign shores, the options drop to an alarmingly limited supply of overplayed dirge. Don’t let yourself become that irritating attention-grabber. Unless you’re a musical prodigy, leave the guitar at home.