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Is your suitcase too full to pack those souvenirs?

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Posted on: October 03, 2008 at 2:37AM

On a trip to Rio de Janeiro, I was planning on bringing back special souvenirs to friends, family, and for myself. I wanted to get things that were unique to the area, not just your typical tacky souvenirs. And, in deciding this, I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of room to pack them in my suitcase and get them home undamaged. So, I decided that some of the clothes that I would bring on the trip to wear would be some older, worn out clothing items that were ready for the trash...things like thin, worn t-shirts, underwear, socks with holes, etc that I have continued to wear but never taken the time to throw out. So, after wearing those items on the trip, they were thrown in the trash. This made my dresser drawers at home lighter and my suitcase roomier at the end of my trip and allowed for those great souvenirs like the hand-painted glass and wooden lamps, the handmade wizard marionette and the handcarved jewelry box that I broght back. And, I am happy to say that they all arrived in perfect condition! The key is to bring only about one third of your clothing items that will be discarded. You don't want to throw nearly everything away. Why? One, you want to have some nice clothes to go out on the town or to wear to that nice restaurant at which you intend on eating. And, two, you can use your remaining clothes to wrap your new wares for protection. You can even, perhaps, obtain old newspapers from the hotel lobby or staff or even use the worn out travel guides you no longer need because you are leaving. Whatever you use, pack them well for that treacherous abuse your luggage endures by the airline staff on the way home. This trick works well, especially, traveling out of the country because you always end up overpacking and never seem to have the room for those great gifts. Happy Shopping!!!! report a problem

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