With skillful packing, you can avoid checking a bag when you take a short trip. For longer trips, you can save money and hassle by checking only one bag. If I travel by myself for three days or less, I bring only a carry-on. Four or more days require checking a bag, especially in the winter with bulky sweaters. If you must check a bag, assume your luggage may be lost or ransacked. To ease the potential pain of packing, fees, and the overall frustration that gets in the way of a great trip, consider a couple of these!
- It is easier to fold your clothes while packing your suitcase to use the space properly. Heavier apparel should be kept at the bottom and lighter clothes can be placed on top to keep them wrinkle free. If you need formals during the trip, place them on the top for easy access.
- Carry essentials on the plane with you. Absolute essentials might include medication, contact lens solution, make-up, a clean pair of underwear. If your luggage gets lost, and is not returned to you the same day, you can avoid making a midnight run to a drugstore.
- It is always advisable to keep small travel-sized shampoos, deodorants, shower gel, toothpaste et al. Make sure that you seal all the bottles of your toiletries. Unscrew the cap, place a piece of cling wrap on top and screw the cap back on to avoid any kind of leakage.
- Pack a few remedies for unexpected ailments and accidents. My toiletry bag includes a few Band-aids, Immodium, Tums, etc. Feel good and enjoy your trip.
- Keep your socks inside the shoes and keep these shoes in a shower cap to place them properly in very less space. Roll up your belt like a coil, and put it in your shirt. Save yourself some space. Keep cotton to remove make-up, cover your razor with binder clips to avoid any random cuts. Keep your chargers, earphone, power bank and other documents in your hand bag and a spare dress too if possible. Keep your ticket details on your mobile phone and keep a copy in your mail too.