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The UnPacking List #8: How to Combat Decision Fatigue

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Have you noticed that when it comes to eating healthy, you tend to struggle more in the evening? Do you often not feel happy after choosing an item off of Amazon, even though there were dozens of options and colors and styles on offer?

Or, maybe you often find yourself throwing extra items into your suitcase the night before a trip even though you know – deep down – they probably aren’t really needed?

The reason behind all of these scenarios can be attributed to decision fatigue. It’s a syndrome impacting your daily life, and it takes a beating on your travel life as well.

If you’ve been living life thinking that having lots of choices and all the options is a big factor in happiness, you might be surprised to learn it can actually have the opposite effect. Less is more, and I’m here to tell you why!

What You’ll Learn

  • What decision fatigue is, and how it affects both your normal life and your travel life.
  • The shocking number of times we jump from tasks in our workday, and how that eats away at our decision-making willpower.
  • How choice overload negatively impacts our happiness.
  • Four ways to combat decision fatigue that you can start integrating into your life right now.
  • And some simple ways to fight decision fatigue when traveling.

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I want to know how you personally combat decision fatigue in your life. I want to know your tips and tricks, so share them in the comments!

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Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

Booking Airfare

Dollar Flight Club – Get flight deal alerts for your preferred departure airport. There is both a free and premium version (recommended for more sweet deals). Members save on average $500 USD per flight!

Skyscanner – Skyscanner is our preferred site for searching flights. They offer unbiased search results and are free from hidden fees. You can also book your hotels and rental cars.


Airbnb – Airbnb is the best place to book out apartments around the world. Sign up using this link to get $37 USD off your first stay booking + $14 USD towards an experience booking!

Booking.com – Search for hotels, hostels, and apartments using this one resource. Use it for flights, car rentals, and airport taxis as well.

Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

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