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Going on vacation is exciting, especially when you are going somewhere you have never been before. What type of vacation you have chosen and where you are going, will set the standard for what you decide to pack.

Men and women both like denim jeans for everyday wear, but they can be heavy and cumbersome and restrict the amount of other clothing you can take on an airplane. Many say the “rule of thumb” for packing is to lay out every item of clothing and shoes that you want to take and then cut it down by half. Most of us rarely wear everything we take with us, so try to figure out what you will definitely wear. Most hostels, bed and breakfast establishments and hotels now offer laundry facilities, so taking fewer clothes and washing them is also another alternative.

If traveling to warmer climates, pack light, loose fitting garments for everyday wear and a couple of bathing suits for swimming or visiting areas where there is a beach. Shoes should be comfortable and low heeled for walking and sightseeing during the day. Most countries have become more casual when it comes to eating out in the evening, so men should pack a few tee-shirts and a couple of pairs of pants for casual but smart dining. Women might prefer a dress instead of pants for eating out. Polyester mix clothing is light and does not crease easily and is ideal for vacations where you are packing and unpacking a lot.

Packing for a vacation in a cooler region is more difficult. Try to restrict your clothing to a few light sweaters with some warmer ones to enable you to layer your clothing. Jogging pants or sweat pants are loose but warm and can be worn with either boots or sturdy shoes if you are planning to be outdoors a lot or hiking on uneven ground. A light but warm, waterproof jacket with a hood is recommended as, depending on the time of year or the location, rain is always a probability.

Accessories to pack should include a waterproof backpack for sightseeing and toting your everyday needs around, a money belt to prevent carrying cash and to protect credit cards and a small supply of basic medicines.