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Major Packing Mistakes To Avoid According To Samantha Brown
According to travel expert, writer, and TV host Samantha Brown, avoiding common packing mistakes is all about knowing how to pack well and being prepared for whatever happens.
Brown's number one typical mistake is not preparing for the weather. Rain is very unpredictable, so bring an umbrella or waterproof jacket even if you don't think you'll need it.
The same goes for choosing not to pack an outer layer if you're traveling somewhere that's consistently hot. You don't want to be surprised by a freezing-cold hotel or store.
Another common mistake is not looking through your hotel room before checking out. According to a survey by Motel 6, 54% of travelers admitted to leaving something at a hotel.
A great way to avoid this is by keeping a general packing list. You can check it at the end of your trip to confirm there's nothing left behind in your hotel room.