Packing Smarter

Packing Smarter

June 24, 2013

I wanted to follow up our last blog to give you some tips on packing smarter so that the weight of your bag never has to be an issue. I’m sure many of you are like me and find that when you get home from a trip you didn’t use multiple of the things you brought. These tips can help all levels of travelers pack smarter.

If you missed our last blog post it talked about a great website:  https://bags.amadeus.com/ that allows you to check baggage allowances and fees for all airlines. Make sure to check it out: http://blog.exitotravel.com/2013/06/21/baggage-allowance-and-cost-nightmare-is-no-more/. It’s super useful!

1. Save your important documents electronically. If your documents are saved on your phone or computer you don’t have to worry about losing them. Send yourself your itinerary, passport number, credit-card information, hotel information, etc. so if you need it, it’ll all be easily accessible within seconds. Additionally many airports accept tickets off of your smart phone so you won’t have to worry about a paper boarding ticket either.

img_iphone_boarding_pass2. We all face the dilemma of what to take with us, and what to leave behind. A month before you leave, make a list of what you want to take with several check boxes next to each thing. Mark off each thing you use in the month. Anything with less than three marks, leave behind. You probably won’t need it, unless of course it is trip specific like a raincoat or hiking boots.

3. Pack a couple of clothing items you don’t mind losing or giving away. This allows you the freedom of more space if you buy something during your travels. If you do want to give it away, find a donation bin or leave them at a hotel for the next adventurer that comes through.

4. Want to get as much into your bag as possible? Great! So do I! Compression bags are a great way to do it. But if you’re not into throwing at the money that those may cost, a simple zip-top Ziploc bag can work. And the smaller size may just help you sort you clothes! Just put your clothes inside, squeeze out all the air, then zip it up and you’re ready to go!

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5. This tip isn’t as much about weight, but strategy. When traveling as a couple or in a group, pack some clothes in each other’s bag. This is a safety net for you incase your bag gets lost. You have assurance that you’ll have something to wear to tide you over until your bag comes in.

6. One tip I’ve seen is to forget the travel alarm clock and to opt for a timer instead. All you have to do is set the timer for the amount of time you have to sleep each night and forget worrying about differing time zones and wake up times. It makes the waking up process much easier.

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7. If you’re worried about your suitcase being heavy, consider shipping some of your stuff back instead of packing them. A flat-rate shipping box could definitely be cheaper than some airlines overweight baggage fees. Or if you have a stopover somewhere before the rest of your trip and aren’t going to need some of your clothes, shoes, etc. it may be nice to get them out of the way by sending them home and giving yourself that extra room.

8. For travelers planning to cook meals on your trip, spices often times aren’t found in the cabinets. An easy way to pack almost all the spices you’d need is in one of the plastic week’s pillbox. Just put a spice in for each day, and you’re good to go!

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I hope these tips will help you to never fear the ominous airport scale again, and make those days and weeks leading up you trip as stress free as possible.

 

 

For more in depth description of these tips or if you’d like to reference the original article, please go here: http://www.smartertravel.com/photo-galleries/editorial/readers-10-smartest-packing-tips.html?id=424

 

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