During packing week, we all learned a thing or two about what not to pack, paid homage to the wonder of duct tape and picked up a few new packing tips. Now it’s your turn to share your best advice, from strategies to avoid overpacking to the most important items to stow in your suitcase. We read through the message boards and our Facebook fan page to compile this top 10 list of reader wisdom.
This one’s for all the overpackers: “Lay out all of the clothing you think you will need. Take away half of the clothing and three quarters of the shoes. Then pack.” (elbodans)
It takes two: “We pack half of our things in each other’s suitcase so if one suitcase gets lost at least we still have some clothes etc. instead of none at all.” (Anthony B. on Facebook)
Keep your valuables close: “Never pack anything in your checked luggage that might tempt someone to steal it…I know it doesn’t happen often, but I’d rather be safe than sorry…so no cameras, electronic games, jewelry etc. in checked luggage.” (Travelingclerk)
Make your own storage space: “I use the removable 3M hooks on the back of the bathroom door or wherever else I need one. They don’t damage the walls/doors and you simply remove them when you are done.” (wocheez)
Be strategic about your carry-on: “I always make sure I have at least 3-4 days worth of clothes in my CARRY-ON bag, just in case my luggage doesn’t make it.” (printingchick)
Mix and match: “Limit the amount of shoes. Coordinate your outfits to go with these shoes. Mix and match your clothes. Everything must go with at least two other items. Decide what is important to take and coordinate around that.” (SadieN)
Don’t fully unpack: “My packing tip is to keep your toiletry kit packed all the time. After our first couple trips, I realized that not only was the toiletry kit more time consuming than the clothing, but I was always forgetting one item. So … I collected all our items as duplicates and they stay in the case all the time. I merely need to refill bottles when we’re getting ready to go.” (Happy ks)
Bag some baggies: “[Take] plenty of plastic ziplock bags in assorted sizes. [They have] lots of uses….I label one A.M and one P.M for things I use at those times of day/night so don’t have to re-sort. I mark one a “shore bag” that has what’s needed when going on excursion. Easy to grab and throw in the carry bag I take.” (Suitcasefull)
Two tips for one price: “Roll your clothes versus folding! You can get much more into a suitcase. If going to a warm weather climate, bring two swimsuits so you’ll always have a dry suit to put on. Nothing worse than trying to get into a wet suit!” (YoungDubFan)
Wise words to pack by: “The only things you REALLY need are a credit card and a passport. All other things can be done without or purchased. So don’t stress!” (elbodans)
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