Choosing the perfect luggage for you is only the beginning. To make the best of your new bags, we’ve prepared a few packing tips.
Where are you headed? No matter where you’re off to, pack prepared. Check the weather report and determine the types of activities you’ll be engaging in before packing. Use your common sense to develop a short-term wardrobe of comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for the climate. Make a packing list. You’d be surprised how often you’ll forget everyday essentials, like your toothbrush or socks. A small, detailed list will help you check off the must-haves and get rid of the non-necessities.
Pack less than you think you’ll need. Unless there’s some great misfortune, you can generally wear your clothes several times on one trip. Choose a wardrobe that matches completely, so you can mix-and-match for a new look every day.
To get your clothes there in great shape, you’ve got to roll with it. Lay a garment flat and fold in half lengthwise. Then, carefully roll it into a tight spiral. This not only compresses your clothes into the smallest possible shape, it also limits wrinkles.
Tuck small items inside your shoes. It may look silly, but it helps conserve space.
Pack liquids in plastic bags. This will prevent leaks and keep your clothes clean.
Are two bags better than one? Great, you fit all your belongings into one enormous bag. We’re guessing it might be a little heavy. Try packing into two smaller bags — they’re lighter, easier to carry and might actually provide more space than one large bag.
The 411 on 3-1-1. Your carry-on bag can only contain a limited amount of liquid and gel. All liquids and gels must be in a 3-oz. or smaller container. Secure all containers in a 1-qt. clear plastic, zip-top bag. When passing through airport security, this bag must be removed from your carry-on and placed in a security bin. You can pack larger liquids in your checked baggage, but all luggage on the airplane must follow these guidelines. To learn more about prohibited items, visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm. Keep an extra change of clothes in your carry-on. In the event that your luggage is lost in transit, then you’ll have one extra outfit to tide you over. It’s also wise to keep a small travel toothbrush and any medication in your carry-on as well.
Frequent flyer? The more trips, the more bag fatigue. You'll need an extra durable fabric, such as ballistic nylon or polyester. But whatever the material, make sure it's at least 1200 denier.