Limits, Limits, Limits – Some Tips on Packing Lighter!0
For many of us, traveling has a sort of narcotic effect – thinking of the great places we are going, things to do, sights to be seen, new people we’ll meet…all the great things that keep us coming back to travel again and again! Unless you’re a business ‘road warrior’, odds are that most of your travel is related to vacations, time away from the job, and FUN!
But so often, that first harsh taste of reality hits when we are find ourselves checking into the flight, and the ever-smiling gate agent gently informs us just how much that excess baggage fee is going to be. Ouch, Ouch, Ouch – we certainly didn’t factor that into our travel budget!! Maybe we can open some bags, move some things around, endure the embarrassing stares of the folks waiting in line behind us, and maybe, just maybe, sneak it in under the limit, or at worse, lessen the pain and cost to get all that stuff we thought we needed onto the plane.
And heaven forbid, if you have additional flights to get to your destination on another carrier, you’ll be dancing to this tune again…and again for your return flight home. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little forethought and some savvy packing tips, you might just find yourself able to walk away from that airline counter, boarding pass in hand, and credit cards still in the wallet!
Here are some handy tips on packing smart, and see just how painless your next trip might be! And to help with that, we’ve listed a few nice lightweight travel bags below to help your cause, and keep your budget on track!
Pack light to travel light. f you can manage with a carry-on, do it. Try taking half of the things you need and twice the money. You can make buying a few new items a fun part of the adventure.
Pack a sleep mask and ear plugs. These can come in handy on a plane, train or in your hotel room.
Capitalize on empty suitcase space. Roll your clothes, instead of folding them. Stuff socks, underwear, and accessories inside of shoes. Leave no space unused.
Keep a sarong or pashmina in your carry-on. They can be used as a blanket on the plane, a scarf if it’s cold or a shawl on an evening out.
Bag it. Kitchen sandwich bags can be used to hold your accessories, vacuum pack bags can be space savers, and trash bags have multiple uses (laundry bag, shoe covers).
Skip airport snacks and bring your own. You can save yourself a bit of money and keep your hunger at bay in case you have a delayed flight.
Create compartments. Two words: packing cube. If you are visiting more than one city during your trip, packing cubes will keep your suitcase organized and save you from having to pack and unpack.
Share your packing space. Traveling as a couple? Split your clothes between two suitcases on the off chance one of them gets lost during the flight.
Bring a multi-socket extension cord. Although newer hotels have USB ports in rooms, it’s best to have an extra outlet to charge all of your electronics at once.
Make photocopies before leaving home. If you’re traveling out of the country, make two photocopies of your passport. Use your smartphone to take pictures of your car in the airport’s parking garage and do the same for your luggage and its contents in case it gets lost.
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