Every travel experience requires different clothing, for all the obvious reasons I won’t detail here. Whether you are a novice traveler or you have circumnavigated the globe many times, it’s important to be organized in your packing skills. Some travel often enough to have a toiletry bag loaded and on the ready for that last minute decision to explore the world. I recommend that! Here are a few other tips that you may or may not have thought of before.
Here’s a photo of a couple of carry-on suitcases and my favorite shoulder bag …the one on the left is a full-size roller bag that fits in the large plane overhead bins (sometimes the small planes require I check it as I board, to retrieve as I disembark), and the smaller one on the right I bought in Bologna, Italy last fall for under $70 when I was on a business trip gathering knowledge for my clients and had too many papers and wonderful Italian food items to fit in the large bag I had on the trip. A girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do sometimes!
For this trip to Phoenix for 7 nights with my sisters and my mom we will be staying in my sister’s home, so IF I need to, laundry is available. Still, for me, it’s all about the shoes! My feet are so important to me, and I have to have comfy walking shoes all the time, but they have to also go with my outfit, right? Not sure if the weather is going to be so warm this trip that I will need strappy sandals, so instead I will just bring along some that I can wear by the pool, and for walking in the desert some open Keen hikers. If you want to bring along a sturdier pair of hiking boots, wear them on the plane!
If you are going to have to live out of your suitcase, rolling your clothes is the only way to fly. Even if you will have a set of drawers on location, it’s so easy to lift everything out and arrange in a drawer so you can see what you have.
Choose thinner fabrics, then layer for warmth. Not only does travel fabric resist wrinkles, but it’s typically lightweight and doesn’t take up much room in your bag. I am happily a small person, so I realize that if you are larger, your clothes will take up proportionately more space. It may be more difficult to get a week’s worth of wardrobe into a carry-on. Roll VERY tightly, and you will be surprised!
Leave the good jewelry at home. If you do need a nice piece for an event, wear it while traveling, or at the very least keep it in your personal bag under your feet.
Downsize those toiletries. If carrying on, be sure you are within the limit on ounces. It’s really frustrating to have a 4 ounce perfume you love taken home by the TSA lady! 3 ounces if liquid.
Consider buying your Pre-check status. At press time, the cost is 5 years for $85, and it only takes about 10 minutes to subscribe. Click here for more details and to apply. Pre-check lines are shorter, you don’t have to take off shoes belts or take laptops out of cases. It’s a breeze!
If you like to check your larger bag, consider getting one of your favorite airlines credit cards. My Delta AE card costs $99 a year, but I get FREE checked bags. At $25 per way, only two flights and you pay for this privilege, along with getting extra miles when using the card to buy a flight of vacation package. On all other purchases it gives me 1 mile per dollar spent. That means more free frequent flyer tickets to see my granddaughter and sons in LA!
Okay, let’s get down to it. Sharing some photos of the process, but click here for the video so you can actually see my favorite rolling technique. Here are some other tips you can use to arrange it all in an orderly way. And the first rule…lay it all out on the bed and then put nearly half of it back in your closet!
Roll belts tightly and stuff into shoes. Your undies, socks, maybe even a small jewelry bag could also stuff inside a shoe. Don’t waste any nooks and crannies.
Make sure the heavier items will go on the back side of the bottom so the bag is not top heavy.
I collect the free shower caps in hotel rooms. Great for covering the shoes in your bag!
You can buy certain items such as sunscreen at your destination. For everything else like lotions, shampoo, etc., bring just the amount you think you will need and no more. Remember the 3 ounce rule if carry-on, and put into the quart-sized zip-lock. In Pre-Check you will not have to remove from your bag. I have seen, at press time, TSA seems to be relaxing a bit about making this step happen in line, but most will require everything out of your pockets and belts, shoes and jackets OFF and on conveyor. READ CAREFULLY THE REQUIREMENTS OF WHAT IS ALLOWED IN BAGGAGE WHEN YOU BUY YOUR TICKET.
Did this help you? Connect and let me know if there is another topic you would like to know more about. And enjoy your next travel adventure! I hope it’s soon.