· Fabric softer sheets keep your luggage smelling fresh. Pack one in each packing cube. Place a couple others randomly in your suitcase.
· Rub them on your clothes to prevent static cling
· Place one in each shoe to combat odor
Don’t forget a luggage scale
· Many airlines now have a weight limit that cannot be exceeded, and others will charge high fees if you exceed them. A luggage scale is a must these days.
· We try everything on before we pack it to make sure it fits and is comfortable. If it is not comfortable you won’t end up wearing it.
· Go easy on shoes. They can weigh your bag down and take up a lot of room. If we plan to take boots, then we wear them on the plane to save room in the suitcase.
· Pick a pair of all-purpose shoes such as Tieks (www.tieks.com) for her or Timberland for him.
· Plan to do laundry and take only a few outfits. If you must wear something twice it’s not a big deal
Take at least one set of earbuds
· Sometimes in coach the airlines will charge for earbuds. Take your own so you can enjoy the in-flight entertainment.
· Download the White Noise app to your phone to help drown out any unwanted noise so you can sleep.
· Listen to music on an electronic device
Download any needed Apps
· Download any needed apps to your phone or other electronics before you go in case you don’t have access to Wi-Fi on the flight.
· The Kindle app is great so you don’t have to lug a book around. Just remember to download some books before you go
· There are other great apps available for travel such as city guides, offline maps, language apps, etc. Do some research and have them before you go
WetWips are essential
· They are great to sanitize the seat tray, arm rests, and seat belt buckles on a plane
· Once you get to the hotel sanitize the door knobs, phone, and coffee maker
· Use them to freshen up during or at the end of a long flight
· Some countries won’t provide napkins – WetWipes are even better than napkins
· They make a great replacement for toilet paper
Stick to a carry-on when possible
· Be a minimalist. Take as little as possible. It is so much easier to travel with just a carry-on and a tote or backpack.
· Avoid the extra charges for extra luggage, they can add up quick
· Know the airline fees for checked or carry-on bags
· Your luggage won’t get lost if you carry it on
If you are heading overseas take electrical adapters
· Don’t bother with step-down converters. We have never had any luck with them. They melt within the first 48 hours.
· NOTE that any small appliance such as razors, curling irons, hair dryers, flat irons, etc must be dual voltage. If they are not then they will blow up.
· Most small electronic like phones, laptops, Kindles, etc are usually fine
Remember a small umbrella
· Getting wet can be miserable. Chances are at some point it will rain at your destination. Bring an umbrella and be prepared
· Choose a light weight on that folds for easy transport
· If you are going someplace windy then make sure the umbrella can withstand the winds
When traveling overseas make a copy of your passport
· Pack one copy away from your actual passport. The copy will be invaluable if your passport is lost or stolen
· Give another copy to a friend or relative who will be staying home. They can send a picture or a fax in case you don’t have either your passport or copy
A fold-able reusable shopping bag comes in handy
· Since I work for a grocery store I tend to collect reusable shopping bags from grocery stores throughout the world. I always take one with me when we travel for dirty clothes, a shopping trip, or just to handle something that won’t fit in our luggage
Pack some Tide Pods
· We prefer to pack light and do laundry during the trip. Tide Pods are great and easy to transport.
· They are all in ones so you don’t have to worry about fabric softener or steal your fabric sheets that are freshening your luggage
Include a scarf
· A scarf can be used as a blanket on the plane, warmth when it is chilly out, cover-up for the shoulders or legs when visiting a holy place, or a small blanket for a picnic.
· Be sure to pick a scarf that is a decent size and weight but not too bulky. Stylish is always nice too.
Don’t wear your jewelry on the plane – pack it in your tote or backpack
· Your jewelry won’t make it through security so pack it until you are through security and on the plane.
· Don’t pack your jewelry in checked luggage
· We don’t even like to pack it in our carry-on in case they insist on taking the carry-on down below
If you are planning on renting a car at your
destination take your GPS
· Purchase a map for your destination and download it ahead of time to your GPS
· Turn your GPS on as soon as you land so it can find a signal
· If you don’t have unlimited data overseas then you won’t want to use maps on your phone
BONUS TIP: FLAG YOUR BAG so you can easily recognize it!
Make your trip as enjoyable as possible by packing correctly!