My preference is to always carry my luggage on to the plane. I know that my luggage won’t get lost, nor will I have to wait at baggage claim. However, depending on the length of a trip, that’s not always possible. Either way, these packing tips will help make packing a little easier.
1. PACK ONLY WHAT YOU NEED.
I personally suffer from packing “just in case” outfits. But I’ve come home so many times with unworn clothes that weighed down my luggage. I’ve gotten good at packing only what I need. Also try packing clothes that can be mixed and matched so that while you’re wearing the same items, your outfits look different for Instagram.
2. DON’T OVERLOAD YOUR SUITCASE WITH TOILETRIES.
Toiletries only weigh your suitcase down. Don’t pack full-sized items and only pack the items you need. I’m guilty of packing stomach & allergy medicines, along with other little odds and ends just in case I need them while abroad. That’s okay; just don’t overdo it.
3. FIND THE BEST PACKING METHOD FOR YOU.
Some people like rolling their clothes. Other people lay their clothing out and systematically fold them into one big pile. Try a few different ways while you’re packing. There’s no right or wrong way; only right way for you.
4. LEAVE ROOM FOR SOUVENIRS.
This may be difficult, but try to leave a little room in your suitcase for souvenirs. You don’t want to lug souvenirs onboard your departing flight and depending on what you’ve bought, you won’t be able to (i.e. liquor and some foods).
5. PACK VALUABLES IN YOUR CARRY-ON.
I’m not saying you can’t trust all baggage handlers; but you can’t trust all baggage handlers. Pack all electronics and valuables in your carry-on. Laptops, cameras, iPads, jewelry, heirlooms, and anything else of value should stay with you at all times.
You have any packing tips? Please share!