Traveling can be stressful, plain and simple. While the idea of laying on a tropical beach somewhere without a care in the world sounds relaxing as heck, shoving all of your things into a tiny little suitcase while still abiding by the weight limits of the airline to avoid getting an overweight surcharge of $75 (believe me, I would know) is the polar opposite. Phew, that was a long one! While I may not be able to rid you of all the stresses that accompany traveling, I am here to provide you with some of my tried and true packing tips to bring some harmony to your travel prep.
Travel tip #1: Ziploc Travel Space Bags
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I don’t know how I ever traveled without these things. With them, you can not only compress your clothing to fit more things into your suitcase, but you can also separate clean clothes from dirty, odor-free. However, be mindful that just because you can compress your clothing to fit more, doesn’t make them weigh less. I, in no way, will take responsibility if you incur an overweight baggage fee for taking my recommendation to use space bags- I’m just saying.
Travel tip #2: Shower caps
This tip right here is gold. Many of us hoard shower caps we’ve acquired from traveling anyway. Why not finally use them for something? Put your shoes, bottom side down, in a shower cap to keep the dirty bottoms from touching your clean clothes. Sounds obvious, yet genius. In case you don’t have shower caps lying around, most drug stores sell them in the hair accessories aisle.
Travel tip #3: Travalo
Freaking out because you are carrying your luggage on the plane and want to bring your favorite fragrance? Fear no more dear, Travalo is here – see what I did there? I own not one, but 3 of these nifty little atomizers. They are so simple to fill, and hold plenty of perfume to last you a week-long vacation. Because, let’s be honest, even if your perfume is under 3 ounces, you likely won’t be able to shove it in your little quart-sized Ziploc bag along with all of your other liquid items. I purchased mine at the Container Store, but they’ve been popping up everywhere lately. I even recall seeing them at Nordstrom Rack.
Travel tip #4: Plastic Wrap
Use plastic wrap to seal the tops of any liquids you are bringing. Simply remove the cap, put a layer of plastic wrap, recap, and voila! No messes in your suitcase.
Travel tip #5: Pack items in Ziploc bags
Ziploc bags are your best travel friend, people. I like to be extra cautious and put my plastic wrap sealed liquids inside of plastic storage bags for double protection – just in case my suitcase gets tossed around, or if there’s extra turbulence. I also like to put my undergarments in plastic bags. If your bag is selected to be randomly searched, this will ensure that a random person is not directly touching your undergarments. It also helps keep things separated and organized.
Travel tip #6: Roll, don’t fold
Roll your clothing, rather than folding and stacking it. Not only will you be able to fit more items in your suitcase, but rolling your clothes helps to prevent wrinkles too!
Travel tip #7: Use a Packing List
There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving at your destination to find that you’ve forgotten the dress you’ve been planning to wear for months – or worse your toothbrush. Ensure nothing is left behind with this handy packing list featured in this post.
Bonus tip: Walkie Talkies
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Going on vacation out of the country with a large group? Consider buying some walkie talkies to stay in touch while on the property. While some resorts offer free wifi, the connection is often spotty. Walkie talkies enable you to communicate with travelers in your group without incurring international phone charges.
Do you have any travel tips that you recommend? Please share them in the comments section!