5 Easy Tips to Packing your Suitcase

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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.

1. Planning

  • 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

2. Luggage

  • 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:
    • medication
    • make-up
    • toothbrush
    • change of underwear
    • swimsuit
    • cash
    • I.D. (passport, driver’s license)
    • travel insurance papers
    • glasses
    • phone, phone charger
    • magazines
  • 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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Until next time,

Kathy

Travel Etiquette 101 – 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Experience

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3 Reasons Hiring a Professional Organizer can Help

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How to Spring Clean your Garage

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The garage is usually the last place people consider cleaning however, it is an extension of your home, so if should garner the same attention in terms of organization. So before you get started, take some time to map out on paper, how you want the space to function. Draw where the cars will go and from there, create zones. You can incorporate vertical hanging and ceiling hanging in your drawing. By taking the time now to do this, it will make it easier to purge items and know that likely everything cannot go back in there! Here are the how tos for spring cleaning your garage.

Getting Started – You will need:
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5 Tips of what’s Trending for Summer 2015 Weddings

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1. Reception Entrances

  • Trending are dramatic entrances, perhaps a choreographed dance
  • Couples are opting to introduce themselves
  • Getting away from introducing parents, bridal party etc.

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4 Tips on Spring Cleaning Your Car

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5 Steps to Organizing your Personal Documents

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Tips to Setting up Your Home Office

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5 Funeral Etiquette Courtesies to Honour Bereaving Families

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1. Arrive on time

One should plan ahead and arrive at least 8-10 minutes before the service begins. Leave yourself enough time for traffic, parking etc.  I have attended a number of funeral services where people show up late. Interrupting or holding up a service is not respectful of the family. Continue reading