True story: We once knew someone who resorted to vacuum-sealed bags to cram as much stuff as possible into a backpack for a long trip...most of which was completely unnecessary. This, ahem, anonymous, misguided backpacker could have benefited from the savvy advice of someone who knows what to pick and pack when traveling. Rachel Greenberg is just the lady to help us all. The blogger behind Suitcase Secrets gave us a crash course in Packing 101, and dished on the six most-valuable items you won't want to leave home without. Let's make a commitment to quit stuffing our bags with everything but the kitchen sink, and rely on this expert to make that last, pre-trip evening a little less painful.
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