When you plan a vacation, there are many things that you organize, take into account, and schedule to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Despite all of your careful preparations, you may have fallen prey to one of the seven most common traveling mistakes.

At Aloha Vacation Villas, we want your time in Kapalua Bay to be as relaxing and refreshing as possible, which is why we offer our advice for avoiding common traveling mistakes. When you’re ready to come to Maui, be sure to browse through our wide selection of Hawaiian vacation rentals to find the one that is right for you. Contact us today to learn more about Kapalua Villas, and book your reservation today!

1. Leaked Liquids

Solution – zip-top bags

One of the most frustrating situations that many travelers have experienced is the sight of their shampoo, conditioner, or other liquid all over the contents of their suitcase. Sound familiar? If you’ve been part of the unfortunate group of people to have leaked liquids in your suitcase, then you’ll want to make sure to follow our tips for packing liquids.

Part of the problem with leaking liquids is the change in air pressure as the airplane takes off and lands. One of the best ways to ensure that you don’t have soggy clothes is to wrap all of your liquids in zip-top bags or plastic containers. Speaking of properly packing liquids, don’t forget to follow TSA guidelines for carry-on liquids — make sure that all of your liquids are under the 3.4-ounce limit, and fit into a one-quart plastic bag.

2. Overpacking

Solution – pack strategically

This is perhaps one of the most common mistakes that travelers make. Part of the reason that so many people over-pack is that they’re concerned with having everything they could possibly need for their trip. The truth is, however, you don’t need to pack for every possible situation you might encounter when traveling.

Here are our top tips for packing only what you need:

  • Stick to a basic color palette
  • Don’t pack outfits for every day
  • Choose three tops for every bottom
  • Include the basics — jeans, shorts, sweaters
  • Layers, layers, layers
  • By sticking to a basic color palette, you’ll be able to mix and match almost all the clothing items you pack, which means you’ll avoid overpacking.

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3. Oversize and Overweight Bags

Solution – measure your bag prior to travel

Since so many travelers make the mistake of overpacking, the obvious solution would seem to purchase a bigger suitcase. The problem with this idea is that airlines have strict regulations about the size of bags that you can carry on. If you do not check the dimensions of your bag prior to boarding, you may find that your carry-on luggage is being transferred to the hold underneath the passengers. Checking your bag at the gate may not seem like a big deal. If the airline loses your luggage, however, your vacation can quickly turn into a nightmare.

4. Ignoring Weather Forecasts

Solution – check the weather while packing

Most travelers have experienced the frustration of being stuck with shorts in snowy weather or sweaters in blistering heat. As frustrating as this can be, the easy solution is to check the weather while you’re packing. Weather forecasts can change dramatically within just a few days, so don’t put yourself at the mercy of Mother Nature — check the weather as you’re picking out outfits. That being said, it’s never a bad idea to throw in a light jacket or a pair of shorts to account for an unexpected shift in the weather.

5. Incorrect Shoe Packing

Solution – shoe bags

You want to make sure that you don’t start your trip with dirty clothes. While you may have packed clean clothes, if you didn’t pack your shoes correctly, then they will be the reason that you are stuck with dirty clothes. The best solution is to pack your shoes in shoe bags. If you don’t have shoe bags or other plastic bags handy, then be sure to pack your shoes with the soles facing away from your clothes. Since footwear can be heavy, don’t pack a lot. Choose a few versatile pairs that will work for a variety of occasions.

Pro tip – since shoes are some of the heaviest items in your bag, make sure to pack them towards the wheel end of your bag for proper weight balance.

6. Forgetting a Tote

Solution – carry a tote on the plane

It’s important not to forget to pack a tote or other small bag. The reason for this is that you’ll need something to carry the water bottle, sunblock, souvenirs, and other items that will make sightseeing more comfortable. Since it would be easy to forget to pack a tote, you can carry your tote bag onto the plane to hold any snacks or books that you might want. When your trip is done, use your tote bag to hold all your dirty laundry. This will make it easy to quickly pop in a load of clothes to the washing machine upon your return.

7. Procrastination

Solution – prioritize advance planning

Some people are more prone to procrastination than others, and if you’re in this group, then you want to make sure to prioritize planning your packing. Waiting until the last minute to pack could result in a bag filled with nothing really helpful for your trip. Since you are taking a vacation to relax and enjoy time away from your daily responsibilities, make sure to start off on the right foot by planning in advance. This will give you time to think about the items you’ll need, check the weather, and start your vacation on a positive note.

Follow our packing tips to avoid the most common mistakes that people make when traveling, and get the most enjoyment from your time away. Plan your vacation to Kapalua Bay by contacting Aloha Vacation Villas today to learn more about the many benefits that our Hawaiian vacation rentals offer.