Packing light saves time, money, and frustration! No more waiting for your luggage at the carousal, paying for checked bags, or the chance of a lost or misrouted bag. Get off your flight and on your way with these packing light tips!
Luggage – Make sure your carry on complies with the airline carry-on size and weight restrictions. Many airlines also allow a personal item to be placed under the seat in front of you, so be sure to utilize that space as well. Ladies, don’t waste that with a purse! Pack your smaller purse and use a backpack or similar option for your additional item.
Clothes – No matter where you’re headed or for how long, all of your clothes should be able to fit into a carry on! Pack only items that can be layered and work well with the other clothing you’re packing, giving you the most combinations and options. Wear bulky items (like heavier coats) on the plan, and roll your clothes when packing to get the most out of your luggage space.
Laundry – If you’re going to be on a trip longer than seven days, plan on doing some laundry. Pay for your hotel’s laundry service, find a laundromat, or pack a small baggie of powdered laundry detergent and do some wash in the sink in your hotel. Plus, your back will thank you for not dragging around a giant suitcase or duffle full of laundry!
Shoes – Make sure your shoes can be used for multiple occasions. Are they comfortable enough for sightseeing, but can also be worn out that evening? Wear your bulkiest pair of shoes on the plane, and try to only pack one other pair if needed.
Technology – See what items you can downsize by replacing it with a smaller (and lighter) piece of technology. Instead of packing multiple books, magazines, and tour books, see if you can use a tablet or e-reader to take their place.
Business – If you’re headed somewhere for business, pack a black or other neutral pair of shoes that can be used with all of your outfits. Use only one suit jacket and pair of slacks, and change up your shirt and small accessories (ties, scarves, jewelry, etc.) to create a different look for your various meetings.
Toiletries – You’ll have to stick to the TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry on. All liquids must be no more than 3.4 oz, and should fit in one quart-sized bag per passenger. Most hotels, especially if you’re traveling domestic, offer the essentials: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel. If you’re going to buy travel-sized items, just buy them at your destination instead so you don’t have to pack them. Finally, for those toiletries that you have to bring, get smaller containers that fit the amount you’ll need during your trip, instead of packing the whole bottle.