Traveling this Summer? Save Time and Money by Traveling Lighter

When traveling by air, getting everything into the number of carry-on bags allotted can be difficult, but it is worth the advance planning and the self discipline of traveling light. You will save a lot of time from having to wait for luggage and the possible inconvenience of lost baggage. Packing light will also help you avoid fees that many airlines have implemented for a second checked-in bag.

If you have to check any luggage, make sure you take everything you can’t live without in your carry-on, as well as any valuables. Things like medicines, credit cards, cash, keys, jewelry, glasses, business and travel documents should remain with you at all times. Make sure you have some basic toiletries and a set of clothes in case your checked luggage is delayed or lost.

When traveling with children who wear diapers, avoid packing a week’s worth of diapers as they can take up valuable space in a suitcase. Pack enough diapers for your travel day and overnight, and buy more when you get to your destination.

If you are staying in a hotel, look for places that have laundry facilities so you can do a load of wash during your trip rather than pack extra clothes.

Packing Lighter Tips for Clothing:

  • If you are packing mostly casual clothes, rolling them seems to work best. Carry easy-to-care-for knits, lightly rolling each item, putting the heaviest items on the bottom. If using soft sided luggage or bags, fill all corners to prevent things from sliding around and wrinkling more. Use undergarments to fill holes.
  • If packing more formal clothes, you may need a bag allowing clothes to be kept flat to avoid wrinkles. Place each item on individual hangers and hang them up as soon as you arrive to your destination.
  • Layers are best. Take a sweater or jacket with you on the plane to avoid packing thick sweaters and larger items.
  • Stick with only a few compatible colors to mix and match. Black and brown clothes are the most versatile.
  • Wear a belt that can be used for the trip on your travel day.
  • Avoid packing jeans, which are bulky. Wear a pair on the trip and back if you want them.
  • Take as few pairs of shoes as possible and wear your bulkiest ones, such as tennis shoes, on the trip.

Packing Lighter Tips for Toiletries and Accessories:

  • Keep a toiletry kit already packed and ready – with containers that meet the FAA size requirements – so when packing all you have to do is grab it and go.
  • Always pack things that can leak in re-sealable plastic bags. Never pack things that can break or leak with your clothes. Remember to leave some room in travel-size bottles so they don’t burst with changes in the plane’s air pressure.
  • Keep makeup and beauty products to a minimum. Ask yourself what you MUST have.
  • Avoid packing extra jewelry. Wear a few classic pieces and use them for the entire trip.
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