Whether you’re going away for one week or one year, smart packing will make your life easier while you’re on the go. Here are some simple suggestions to help you pack like a pro!
- Fold clothes normally, and then roll them up to save space.
- Put socks inside of shoes before you pack the shoes. You’ll utilize otherwise wasted space, and when you’re ready to wear the shoes you’ll know exactly where to find your socks!
- Use bags or stuff sacks to sort your items in some way that makes sense to you. You can also use the pockets in your backpack/luggage to help organize items. Bring a few extra bags for dirty/wet clothes or to rearrange your stuff later on.
- Place the heaviest items at the bottom of your backpack/luggage (as much as possible, if you need to access something daily leave it closer to the top). Rarely used items (for me this is my snorkel mask) should also go near the bottom of your pack.
- Keep prescriptions in their original packaging, otherwise you may look like a pill smuggler/drug mule and have your medicines confiscated. If your prescriptions will be in your checked luggage, keep a few days worth of your medications in one small pill bottle in your carry on.
- Follow the international standard for carrying liquids on board: bottles no bigger than 3oz/100mL; bottles together in a clear, resealable bag (ziploc type bag); have clear bag accessible at security. Carry an empty, reusable water bottle through security and then fill it at the water fountains after security to save a few dollars on buying bottled water after security.
- Whenever possible, carry your pack/luggage with you to avoid theft or the airline losing your bag. Check the rules for the airline you’ll be flying ahead of time to see if you luggage will be able to be carried on. If you must check your bag, try to bring one change of clothes in your carry on just in case your checked bag doesn’t arrive when you do.
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