You’ve been counting down to your vacation for months now, but with the departure day just around the corner, it’s time to start packing. You have an exciting destination and itinerary planned, but the thought of squeezing all of your belongings into a suitcase isn’t your idea of fun. Here are some tips to help you pack smarter.
Make a list and check it twice.
Yes, this may be a no-brainer, but it’s extremely important to start crafting your packing list early. That way, anytime you think of something important, you can immediately add it and you won’t be left scrambling at the last minute hoping that you remembered everything (you won’t). If you’re traveling with other people, compare what you plan to bring with what they had in mind to make sure something isn’t slipping your mind.
Rolling instead of folding.
Folding your clothes as you normally would take up a lot of space in your suitcase. Instead, opt for rolling your clothes from the bottom up and stacking them in your suitcase. You’ll save valuable suitcase room! They’re also less likely to develop the deep creases that come from folding.
Make sure your liquids are 3.4 ounces or less.
The TSA is not budging on this anytime soon. Make sure any liquids that you are bringing on the plane with you are 3.4 ounces or less, ideally packed in a clear zipped bag. Failing to follow this rule will result in your items being confiscated, leaving you forced to run to the store after your plane has landed. If you can’t find your favorite shampoo in travel size, look for the reusable plastic bottles that most stores carry for traveling.
Weigh your bag before the flight.
Beware of baggage fees. Check your airline’s baggage policy before you start packing to make sure your bag is the right size and weight. Avoid checking any bags if at all possible. Baggage check fees are expensive and can often be avoided if you pack smartly. If you know you will need a checked bag, pay for it before the day of your flight to avoid skyrocketing costs.