Travel Packing Tips

Love to travel but hate to pack? Was that a resounding YES? Of course it was. Here are a few quick tips to make the packing process a little less daunting.

Plan ahead. Research the weather at your vacation destination for the dates of your travel. Ask your travel companion, if you have one, what they’re packing. Make a list of essential items.

Check please. You’ll feel very accomplished if you check off the items on your list as you get them out and place them on your bed. Be sure you’ve included clothing, toiletries, emergency sewing kit, medications, travel documents and other necessary travel accessories.

Paper or plastic? Keep your clothes from getting soiled by putting your shoes in plastic grocery bags. Traveling by air? Put toiletries in freezer bags and sandwich baggies. Cabin pressure can make shampoo explosive…yuck!

Look before you leap. Take a thoughtful look at your bed full of clothes and ask yourself a few questions. Do you really need all those outfits or could you do a little more mixing and matching? Will anyone care if you wear the same pajamas for a week? Are there free convenience items at your hotel?

Rock and roll. You will fit more in your suitcase and have fewer wrinkles if you roll your clothes instead of folding them (except for formal wear which you’ll want to put in a garment bag).

One layer at a time. Time to load up the suitcase. Put shoes in first. Fill in any gaps with underwear and socks. Add layers of rolled clothing so that you can fit as much as possible in one suitcase. Put bags of toiletries and other items between the layers. Pack tight. Books can be packed in the outer compartments to create a shell-like protection.

Be safe and savvy. Check with your airline carrier prior to packing for updates on carryon items. Do not, I repeat, do not put any valuables in your checked luggage. Pack as if King Kong will be tossing your luggage off the Empire State Building and then kicking it all the way to your destination.

Get it when you get there. If there are any items you’ve forgotten, you most likely can purchase them when you get there or maybe do without for the week.