8 tips & tricks for packing and traveling light

In this day and age of traveling cephalalgia, there are a few smart packing tactics to employ for short trips or weekenders. Saying that these tips are worth their weight in gold on those longer holidays too. To cut out an extra thirty to forty minutes at the airport, start with knowing what and how to pack your carry on luggage. Since carry ons cannot exceed a linear dimension of 45 inches, you can escape the fiasco of check-ins on departure and the baggage terminal on arrival by traveling light. As part of our family travel secrets, learn how to pack all your needs into two suitcases or less!

Make a list and compose a packing list. Be sure to coordinate shirts & blouses with bottoms. To maximize your traveling wardrobe fashion savoir faire, stick with solids & versatile basics. Rule out any clothes that do not match other items.

Use the following packing tips to help and make your travel lighter:

  1. Gear up. How to make an awe-inspiring impression out of a basic or mundane outfit? For the most glam appeal, accessorize with a vibrant tie (for him) or a florid scarf (for her). Colorful accessories can liven up just about any attire.

  2. Roll 'em up please. The best way to fit all your clothes is by rolling pants & shirts. First, fold each item in half. Then basically roll. To try to maintain any creases, start on the bulkiest end of the news story of clothing.

  3. Employ shoe smarts. For men, any leather rubber-soled shoes can make the day & night transition easy. For women, a pair of flip-flops, strappy sandals & comfy wedges can serve all casual-chic dressing needs.

  4. Minimize bulk. After you check for space, edit outfits - ruthlessly. Try to pack microfibers with wrinkle & stain-free comfort. With most of your attire, stay in the same color scheme - in case you have to layer up for warmth.

  5. Put undergarments on the top. To reduce the embarrassment of undergarments becoming the sideshow attraction of the open luggage scan, place all panties in a plastic bag free of any clippers, lighters, or other questionable paraphernalia. For expedient security review, place the transparent bag on top of your other items so security can access the bag without ruining your efficient packing method.

  6. Lose Extra Baggage. Leave that heavy travel guide at home. Who uses a printed guide these days anyway! Duplicate important resources to keep your luggage free of extra weight. Most hotels & resorts provide irons & blow-dryers so leave yours at and save the space. As an awesome tip, if your clothes are wrinkled and need steaming. Hang them up by the shower and turn on the hot shower. The steam created by the hot water will help de-wrinkle your clothes.

  7. Remember to leave restricted items at home too. If you want to make it through security extra speedy, avoid any items that resemble firearms, weapons, box-cutters, scissors, razors, lighters & any other item that may cause security to raise an eyebrow.

Well, that's it! for more packing tips please check out our article on Airline Baggage Pack for Success. If you are traveling with kids it is also worth visiting our write-up on the best-ever tips for traveling with babies, the ultimate guide to fund practical kids luggage, and why you should travel with kids.

Hope you found these tips helpful.

Have a wonderful day wherever you are and safe travels.