Vacation Packing Tips
April 10th, 2014
After this miserable winter, I am more than ready for vacation, and you probably are, too.
While you wait impatiently for that beautiful day to arrive, read through these vacation packing tips.
They’ll help you to pack an organized suitcase with everything you need, and maybe even avoid extra baggage fees.
#1 – Pack in Bundles
Bundle packing is the way to go if you want to fit more in your suitcase. It’s similar to rolling your clothes, but you use a solid item as a core, like a pair of socks or toiletry kit.
Then just wrap your clothes around that core piece. It cuts down on wrinkles and helps you fit more stuff into your case. Bundling is a more effective use of space than folding and stacking your clothes or rolling them.
#2 – Take Advantage of Every Bit of Space
After you bundle your items, put the larger, heavier pieces in first, on the bottom of the suitcase.
Save small items, like socks and underwear, for last. You can stuff those into whatever little bit of space is available after all the big stuff has gone in.
#3 – Pack Liquids Carefully
If you don’t want to get your stuff confiscated, be careful when you are packing liquids. Use 100 ml containers (the maximum amount of liquid that can be carried onto planes), and pour your products into them so that you are sure you are under the limit.
Then put all of your containers into a one liter, zip top, plastic storage bag. Keep this bag somewhere easy to access, like at the top of your carry-on bag. You may need to pull it out and put it through the scanner separately.
#4 – Know the Rules
Make sure you know the rules about what you can and cannot bring on a plane. Knives and razor blades are not allowed.
Scissors must have blades less than 6 cm in order to be permitted on a plane. Sporting equipment such as golf clubs, baseball bats, and ski poles are not allowed.
#5 – Stick to Two Pairs of Shoes
Shoes take up a lot of valuable suitcase space, so try to limit yourself to two pairs. One practical pair and one dressy pair should cover all your needs.
In warmer climates, choose a comfortable sandal for walking for your practical pair. In cooler climates, a boot is a good choice.
Wear one pair to the airport, and pack the other pair in a plastic bag in your suitcase so they don’t get your clothes dirty.
#6 – Don’t Forget Chargers
Pack the charger for your phone, tablet, camera, and any other device you plan to take along. If you need a cable to upload photos from your camera to your laptop, pack that, too.
You can stick these cords in the exterior pocket of your suitcase where they’ll fit easily.
#7 – Keep Your Personal Items Accessible
You can take one personal item, like a purse or backpack, and one carry-on item onto the plane. You should pack important items like medication in your carry-on, just in case your luggage gets lost.
Your carry-on will have to be stored in the overhead compartment, so keep items that you want to use during the flight, like your tablet or a book, in your purse or backpack.
These vacation packing tips will help to make your travel a little bit smoother. When you are planning for your vacation, contact 5 Star Limousine to schedule your airport transfer service. We will get you to the airport safely and in plenty of time to catch your flight.
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