The Do’s and Don’ts of Packing Your Bag for Travel

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Here are the do’s and don’ts of packing your luggage to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible:

Do’s

  • Bring a carry-on aside from yourluggage bag. Your carry-on should contain the things that you need to have onyou at all times, from your wallet to your laptop, to even a couple of books(flights can take a while, and they can be quite boring when you have nothingto do).
  • Remember to have all your in-flight essentials (passport, ID, wallet, gadgets) in a carry-on that you can carry with you at all times. Preferably, you want your carry-on to be a backpack to keep your hands free.  
  • Keep your toiletries in a separate compartment and in a smaller bag separate from your clothes. This will keep them from getting lost and jumbled along with the rest of your luggage and save you a lot of time when you do decide to unpack.  
  • Try to avoid being over-packed for overnight trips. However, being ready in times of emergency, can definitely save you. For instance, if you spill something on your shirt and need to change, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Secure your luggage with a lock ora cable tie. This minimizes any chances of your bag being broken into andanything getting stolen.

Don’ts

  • Don’t assume your carry-on won’t be inspected at the gate – airport security is different from country to country. Even if your luggage is completely within the limits of what your airline said, make sure that everything you need to have with you at all times is already with you.
  • Don’t use old bags when packing for travel. Unless they are specifically durable (i.e. suitcases), there’s always a god chance that your backpack straps might snap in the middle of a busy line at the airport.
  • Don’t just jam everything into your suitcase – once you take the time to fold your clothes and arrange them in order, you’ll discover that there’s more space in your bag than you once thought were possible.
  • Don’t pack everything and thekitchen sink. While adding an extra shirt or pair of pants or underwear maycome in handy, there’s certainly no need to over-pack. To avoid doing this,plan out what you’re going to be doing when you’re on your trip.

Being aware of these do’s and don’ts will allow you to make the right decisions you need when it comes to packing for your trip, and will be sure to save you a lot of time later on.

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