Your flight is booked, now it’s time to pack! Every girl has a different approach to packing, but here are some tips for packing like a pro:
Never mind the fee to check luggage, the quickest way to put a damper on your getaway, is lost luggage. There isn’t a way to insure your checked luggage won’t get lost, but you can lessen the impact. Utilize your carry on with your favorite pieces, electronics and essentials.
Folding clothes takes up a lot of space, but if you roll your clothes into tight rolls, you will be able to fit more into your carry on. The large part of a standard size carry-on can hold up to 10 days worth of clothes if you pack carefully.
You know the drill: 3 fl oz or less on the plane. Grab a 1 quart zip-lock baggie and fill it up with your toiletries. You can purchase inexpensive miniature travel containers at any grocery store for your beauty products. Put your zip-lock in the outermost pocket of your carry-on for easy access through security.
Make sure you have enough of a variety of clothing options in your carry-on for any weather or activity. Your carry on should have at minimum two alternate outfits, pajamas, swim-suit, two pairs of socks, extra underwear and a jacket or sweatshirt. Depending on what you plan on wearing on the flight, have two alternate pairs of shoes. (Flats, heels, sneakers).
Visa or Mastercard.
Life does not always go according to plan, even on vacation. When traveling internationally, Visa and Mastercard are really the only safe bets. Make sure you take a little plastic with you just in case.
Your email, calendar, calculator, alarm clock, e-reader, movie-player all in the palm of your hand. Leave your watches, bulky books, lap-top, etc at home, just don’t forget your charger.
Leave the Hair Dryer
Most hotels have a built in hair-dryer in the bathrooms. Hair dryers are bulky, space-wasters. Leave them at home and save room for something else.
Plan your outfits ahead of time, and only allow for one extra alternate. If you are going on a tropical vacation, chances are you will spend most of your time in your bikini anyways. Don’t make the mistake of over packing with unnecessary costume changes.
Your hotel will have towels you can borrow. No need to waste space.
Now pack those bags, and don’t forget to leave room for souvenirs!