In my previous blog, I talked about travel etiquette. In this post we’re focusing on how to pack for your next trip. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, packing your suitcase is easy when you plan ahead. Always keep in mind the weather and season in your place of destination and don’t over-pack or you end up dragging it around and paying for it too! I hope these 5 easy tips will help make your life easier and lighten the load.
Create a list and check your itinerary, keeping in mind the activities you will be doing
Remember to pick-up travel-size hygiene items for carry-on baggage ( 3 oz – TSA Regulated)
Knits, woollens & cottons tend to resist wrinkles best
Cut down on excess by packing clothes that can mix & match
Limit yourself to three pairs of shoes
Include zip locks and plastic bags for items that might leak and your shoes
How long is your trip? This will determine the luggage size you need
Beware of airline restrictions on size, number of bags allowed and costs
Do not put a lock on it
Put your luggage in the spot you will be packing it
Place items beside suitcase when checking off your list
Helpful tip: Take a photo of your luggage. in case it gets lost or misplaced it will help the airlines identify it more quickly
3. Smart Packing
Put your socks and/or electronics in your shoes and pack in luggage side pouches
Make sure your shoes are in plastic bags or material bags
Bring an extra plastic bag to pack items (like your bathing suit) that might be damp for the trip home
Place large/heavy clothing at the bottom of luggage (jeans, sweaters)
Use small gaps for underwear and belts
Helpful tip: Wear your bulky items to your destination. In winter months wear your heavy coat, jeans etc., back. This saves on weight/room in your luggage
4. Roll vs Fold – you decide
Rolling clothes gives you more room, however the more you pack, the more it will cost at the airport
Folding your clothes – take two or three garments, lay half of one pair on top of other, fold the one under the bottom over the pair on top
Folding option… you can place tissue, bubble wrap or dry cleaner plastic between layers
5. Carry On
Consider this your emergency kit should your luggage get lost. Always have the essentials with you. Include:
change of underwear
I.D. (passport, driver’s license)
travel insurance papers
phone, phone charger
Valuables stay with you always
Remember – don’t over pack this, otherwise it will become a checked bag for $25.00
Helpful Tip: Purchase your magazines at the airport. You might read them before your trip if you purchase them ahead of time
Hopefully utilizing some of these tips will make your life easier when planning/packing for your next trip. Need help? I am only a phone call away!
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