Here are the first 5 of our top 20 travel items:
A very light weight 4 roller suitcase. We rarely check our luggage. We will post a video soon on our website showing how we pack in detail. We will cover what to pack and how to keep within regulation weight. Check out our website at www.travelingmovesme.com.
The lighter the better. We do not want the suitcase using valuable weight. Many countries limit the weight of a carry-on to 10 kilos (22 pounds). Choose a suitcase that has packing room on both sides. It is nice to have a side for your dirty clothes.
We don’t pay a lot for our suitcases. We like them to be unique so they are easy to identify on the baggage carousel. If you do have a black bag, we suggest adding a bright ribbon or tag. I think the last bag we purchased was on clearance at Ross’ for $23.
A great light weight tote for packing easy access items such as electronics, ear buds, medicines, jewelry, etc. Consider a diaper bag because of the over the shoulder strap. Our favorite thing about a tote is most airlines consider it a shoulder bag so there won’t be weight restrictions. If your carry-on is too heavy, you can always shove items in the tote. We wouldn’t go any larger than a diaper bag. You don’t want the airline to consider it an actual carry-on. You want it to still be a personal item. Some airlines have size restrictions for personal items. One of my personal favorites is the diaper bag from Coach. I love all the pockets. If you can get a light weight travel tote that has the pocket to slide over the luggage handles – even better.
We highly recommend packing cubes. They aid in keeping your clothes organized. A money saver tip – use the plastic bags from curtains, pillow cases, sheets, etc. Different sizes are good.
We NEVER leave home without a luggage scale. They are inexpensive and can save you loads of money (weight overage fees) in the long run.
Comfortable shoes are a must. I remember in Paris I took these shoes that looked amazing. However, by the time I got to go up in the Eiffel Tower my feet were toast and I did not enjoy what should have been an amazing experience. I splurged for our last trip and purchased a pair of Tiek ballet flats. They were well worth the money. I can wear them with jeans, skirts, capris, etc. My husband has a really light weight pair of leather shoes.