It’s getting warm, and that means more outdoors and traveling.
When your trip is set, what do you think about first?
‘What should I bring…’
That’s what I think about. And, to be honest, it’s not my happiest moment.
Also when it comes time to leave, I always feel like I’m missing something. Don’t you have that?
A fashion designer and a businesswoman, Rachel Zoe, says “Packing is an art form, and if you master it, you can drastically minimize your traveling woes.”
So, here I gathered best travel packing tips we can all use for our traveling. Let’s see how we can become a professional packer.
1. Make a checklist.
Even if you travel all the time, it’s easy to forget something. keep a checklist and cross things off until you’re sure you have everything you need. To avoid overpacking, plan out some outfits beforehand and write a list. This is a great way to visualize what you’re taking and to avoid overpacking.
2. Don’t forget your Ziplock bag.
If you’re flying, the liquids you take in your carry-on need to be 3.4 ounces or less and must fit into a quart-size bag.
3. Pack an extra outfit in your carry-on.
If you’re planing on checking a bag, make sure you put at least a t-shirt and pair of underwear in your carry-on. If your luggage is lost or doesn’t arrive on time, you’ll have at least something to change into the next day.
4. Ask the flight attendant, nicely.
If you bring a garment bag on the plane, the flight attendants will usually (not always) let you store it in the closet even if you’re in coach. If you are going to a fancy event, you might want to bring a dress in a garment bag instead of trusting yourself to have time to iron it successfully in the hotel. Your choice.
5. Pack Tide To Go pen.
I don’t know how long your each travel is going to be, but this would be a lifesaver.
6. Leave room in your suitcase.
Don’t travel to your destination with your suitcase already at the maximum allowed weight. You’ll regret not being able to take home any souvenirs, and let’s be real: this means you most likely have packed way too much.
7. Wear the valuable jewelry you’re taking with you.
First of all, it’d be best not to bring any expensive jewelry for traveling, and wearing anything constricting such as big finger rings or lots of metals is not recommended either.
However, if you do bring jewelry, wear them on you when you get on the plane. Putting jewelry in checked baggage is an obvious no-no, but putting it in your carry-on isn’t exactly fool-proof either. Things get stolen — that’s life.
Bring jewelry that can coordinate with most of your outfits you will be wearing during the trip, and minimize the amount of jewelry to bring.
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8. Wear your bulkiest shoes on the plane.
If you’re saving room in your bag. Otherwise you’d want to be comfortable in your long flight, so wear something comfy.
9. Wear leggings, Wear comfy on the plane.
Rachel Zoe says “It is so important to have a go-to uniform to wear when you’re traveling. I opt for pieces that are comfortable, chic and wearable beyond the plane. Think: A great pair of wedges, long dresses, leggings, riding boots and cozy knit sweaters. As a general rule, cashmere and jersey fabrics are your friends. I also suggest wearing black or navy to hide any potential in-flight spills or wrinkles. In the accessory department, a non-structured hat (so it won’t lose shape if you stow it away) and a large pair of sunglasses are a must.”
10. Wear a scarf on the plane.
It can double as a wrap/blanket if things get chilly (and they usually do).
11. Roll your clothes.
If you’re worried about not having enough space in your suitcase or want to avoid wrinkles in your clothing, try rolling your clothes instead of folding them.
12. Pack clothes that coordinate.
You CAN travel in style. Just don’t pack completely different outfits.
Pack a couple pairs of dark casual pants and maybe one other pair of slacks or a skirt, plus a few silk shirts, camisoles, a cardigan, and a jacket. Almost any of the shirts you bring should match with any of the bottoms. If you wear suits, just switch up the shirts/accessories.
13. Bring an eye mask and earplugs.
You never know.
14. Always keep an energy bar or your own snack in your carry-on bag.
The plane might get delayed. I mean, like delaaaayed. The airport vendors might have sold out of food for people. If it’s a winter blizzard or a massive string of delays, you may be out of luck. Prepare in advance by keeping an energy bar in your bag so you’re always ready in case disaster strikes.
15. Bring a small bag for dirty clothes.
Drawstring ones, plastic ones…doesn’t matter. Just don’t forget one. (if you forget to pack it, you can also use the plastic one in your hotel room in the closet for laundry)
There you have it! Please share your best packing tips in the comment below!
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