You’ll Never Guess Which State Packs the Leanest for Trips – Minnesota?

The great state of Minnesota has been uncovered as the national champion of packing light for travel, according to a new study by Upgraded Points. The survey of 2,200 Americans across 44 states looked at packing habits for a typical week-long trip to determine which states are guilty of overstuffing their suitcases.

The Land of 10,000 Lean Suitcases Minnesota came out on top, or rather at the very bottom, with an extremely low overpacking score of just 15.2 out of 100. It seems Minnesotans have cracked the code on minimalist travel.

“Minnesotans travel with only about 4.7 pairs of pants and a mere 2 pairs of shoes for their week-long adventures,” said Keri Stooksbury, editor-in-chief at Upgraded Points. “They pack minimally with just the basics, avoiding overloaded suitcases and excess baggage fees.”

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Who are the worst offenders?

While Minnesota minimized, other states maxed out their suitcases to extreme levels. Pennsylvania took the overpacking lead, with residents stuffing a staggering 10+ shirts, 8 pairs of pants, 3 shoes, 11 underwear, and 9 socks into their luggage for just a one-week trip.

Not far behind was Indiana, earning second place as Hoosiers packed an average of 2.6 dressy outfits along with excessive casual wear. Kentucky rounded out the top three overpackers, with Kentuckians bringing nearly 10 shirts and 8 pants in portable closets prepped for any occasion.

These over-stuffers likely found themselves struggling to zip up bulging bags and racking up overweight baggage fees galore.

Lean Packing Habits Unveiled

The study found that on average, Minnesotans pack around 7 shirts, 5 pairs of pants, 2 pairs of shoes, 8 pairs of underwear and 7 pairs of socks for a 7-day vacation.

This ultra-light packing approach is worlds apart from the top overpacking offender of Pennsylvania, where residents stuff over 10 shirts, 8 pants, 3 shoes, 11 underwear and 9 socks into their luggage.

The U.S. States with the Most and Least Overpackers.
The U.S. States with the Most and Least Overpackers.
Upgraded Points LLC Packing Habits of the Average American Traveler
The Packing Habits of the Average American Traveler.

Avoiding Overpacking Woes

By expertly avoiding the overpacked bag trap, Minnesotans can sail through airports without wrangling heavy suitcases and steer clear of expensive overweight baggage fees that 19% of Americans admit to paying.

“Packing light just makes travel easier and more enjoyable,” noted Stooksbury. “Minnesota has truly mastered the minimalist way when it comes to suitcase stuffing.”

The Secret’s Out So there you have it – the great Minnesota pack light mystery uncovered. The next time you’re gearing up for a trip, channel your inner Minnesotan minimalist for a smoother travel experience.

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