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Traveler’s Guide to Packing Like a Pro
Choose the Best Carry Solutions
• Quality and durability (fabric, zippers)
• Expandable capacity
• Size and weight
• External and internal compartments
• Carry options (wheels, handles)
• TSA-compliant features
• Personal preference and budget
What to Pack
No matter how long your trip, only pack enough clothing for one week. (You’ll find laundry services at most destinations.) Pack outer clothing that can be mixed and matched with color coordination. Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack accordingly. Here’s a basic list to pack for one week:
Avoid unnecessary stress and a bad night’s sleep by packing, at least, one week ahead. You’ll have more time to get organized and buy any items you’ve forgotten. Packing ahead will also help build excitement for the trip.
Pack the Heaviest Items First
Lay everything you’re packing out and begin with the heaviest items first. If your luggage has wheels, put the heavy items toward the bottom near the wheels. This will keep your suitcase from being top-heavy, and your things won’t tumble around as much.
Use the Roll Technique
Use Packing Cubes
When planning for toiletries, keep in mind that most hotels and rentals provide the basics like soap, shampoo, and lotion. But, if you must, purchase only travel-size toiletries for your trip. Look for combo items such as sunscreen/moisturizer or shampoo/conditioner. Did you know that shampoo and conditioner are available in bars like soap?
You must also consider the airline’s rules on liquids. Each passenger is allowed to carry aerosols, gels, and liquids in containers that hold 3.4 oz or 100 ml. The limit is a quart-size container of liquids such as shampoo, conditioner, lotions, toothpaste, and mouthwash.
Pack Electronics Together
Packing your electronics together and putting them in the same location is important for two reasons. First, it’ll be easier to grab a tablet and headphones for the flight. Second, it’ll be easier to unpack your electronics for the TSA agents to screen.
Pack Shoes With Soles To The Sides
Shoes are challenging to pack, especially when you need to pack more than one pair. One way to pack your shoes is to position the soles to the sides of your suitcase. This packing technique is useful for two pairs of shoes. It’ll also provide easy access to your shoes. Also, you’ll have enough space for other travel essentials.
Lay your luggage fully open on the ground. Clean your shoes before packing to remove dirt. Next, place small items such as belts and socks inside the shoes. Wrap each shoe inside of a bag or wrapping paper to protect other items. Pack your shoes with soles touching the side of your suitcase’s main compartment. The vacant center section is where' you can pack other items.
Packing Towels And Linens
These items are bulky when packed. So, pack only one towel per person or one set of linens per bed when taking towels and linens on vacation. You can wash them in coin-operated laundry rooms found in hotels if they get dirty.
You might want to consider buying sheets in your destination than packing what you have at home to make your suitcase lighter. Doing so will also allow you to bring other items you need.
Label Your Luggage
Label your luggage with your name, phone number, email address, and the address of your destination. Is your luggage a basic color like black? Tie a colorful ribbon to the handles to help you identify your bags at the baggage carousel more quickly or avoid others mistaking these for their own