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Up until a few weeks ago, I fully rejected the concept of packing light. Every time I took a trip, whether it was for three days or two weeks, I loaded up my giant, expandable suitcase with clunky heat styling tools for my hair, extra pairs of shoes “just in case,” and full-size toiletry bottles to ensure no step of my beauty routine would be missed. I cursed every time I heaved that weighed-down monster off the belt at baggage claim.

But with my giant suitcase stowed away in my parents’ garage as I began prepping for this year’s GAC, I decided it was time to downsize. I packed a small suitcase, using a pill box to hold small amounts of products that weren’t available in travel sizes, left out items that would be available in the hotel room and decided on one pair of versatile shoes for the whole trip. The relief on my back and time saved while unpacking and repacking at the hotel in Washington was well worth the effort I put in up front.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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