Guest post by Marcela De Vivo
This is a great post for the upcoming fourth of July weekend and for the summer season.
One of the most stressful parts of traveling abroad is packing the suitcase. Over-packing or packing incorrectly can make your life difficult by causing travel delays and costing you extra money. A traveler with a well-packed suitcase will have a much easier time going through security and getting on the plane without hassle. Use these packing tips to keep your suitcase organized and useful.
New travelers have a tendency to over-pack. You will want to prepare for every climate, event and situation that could possibly arise while abroad; however, if you pack too much clothing, you might end up needing more bags than you originally planned. Research the projected weather for your destination and think carefully about the clothes you’ll really need (mix and match different clothes to create multiple outfits). Also, if your hotel has a washer and dryer, you can pack even less.
The Right Suitcases
Many airlines now charge big bucks to check even one suitcase— the second one usually costs even more! If you are able to, it is economically wise to only bring suitcases that you can carry on the plane. For most airlines, the approved personal items that you are permitted to carry on in the plane is one carry-on bag and one personal item (purse, briefcase, camera bag or diaper bag). Baggage may not exceed 45 linear inches in combined length, width and height.
Roll Your Clothes
When you fold your clothes the “regular” way— the way you would store them in your own closet or drawers— the bulk of your clothes will take up more space and make it difficult to pack your essentials. You don’t want to have to leave out clothes and other items due to space restrictions. The solution is rolling your clothes; jeans, pants, and shirts will roll easily and not wrinkle during the long travel.
Dry Cleaner Bag
Not all types of clothes can be rolled. If you have a dress or suit that needs to make it to its destination without wrinkling, a dry cleaner bag will be your savior. Only pack one piece of clothing per plastic bag for the best results.
Separation of Dirty Clothes
Not every hotel abroad is going to have laundry services. And even when they do, there’s not always time to do your laundry before traveling home. In that case, you have to travel home with dirty clothes, and you won’t want dirty and clean clothes to mingle because you’ll have to do more laundry than necessary once you arrive back home! Pack a plastic bag to separate dirty clothes from the rest.
Mesh Laundry Bag
Organization is the key to a well-packed suitcase. Pants should be in one spot and shirts in another. As for your delicates, a small mesh laundry bag is a great way to separate your underwear and socks from the rest of your clothing. Plus, when you unpack, everything will be much easier to find.
Too many of the essential products in your suitcase can leak and end up ruining all of your clothes, leaving you stuck in a foreign country with nothing but the clothes on your back. Zip-lock bags for shampoos, soaps and liquid bottles are very helpful in preventing leaks while in an airplane. You can also save space by taking your pills out of their bottles and into these plastic bags.
When it comes to being able to fully enjoy your vacation exchange, the key is to have well-packed baggage with all ofyour essentials. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to having the perfect getaway.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in Southern California whose writing covers a wide range of industries, including health, marketing, travel and tech. When traveling abroad with her family, she keeps these tips in mind when packing. Find more tips like these by following her on Facebook and Twitter.