Tips for Packing for your Vacation
Some people cram two week’s worth of gear in their bags for a long weekend. Others pack a bit too lightly and forget important things like medicine or passports.

The CheapOair-Experts have compiled a great deal of packing tips to strike the perfect balance, so you bring everything you need for your vacation.
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Tips for Packing for your Vacation Published On: April 06, 2009 
10 Tips for Packing for your Vacation Some people cram two week’s worth of gear in their bags for a long weekend. Others pack a bit too lightly and forget important things like medicine or passports.

The CheapOair-Experts have compiled a great deal of packing tips to strike the perfect balance, so you bring everything you need for your vacation.

Protecting your Valuables
  1. For extra security, scan your passport, photographs and paper tickets in a web-based email account and on a travel drive that you plan on traveling with.
  2. You can also store the details of your emergency 'lost card' telephone numbers in your web based email account and your travel drive, so you know who to contact if your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen.
By doing this, even if you lose everything, you have immediate access to all of your important information. You can even email the details page of your passport to the embassy or consulate when applying for a new one.

Splitting up your Valuables We urge you to split up your bank cards, cash, traveler’s checks and credit cards in different pockets, bags and your wallet when packing. In case you lose something, at least you won't be strapped for cash, a credit card or some form of ID.

Using Small Bottles
  1. Use small bottles to pack toiletries and other small items. There are several sturdy waterproof see-through bottles to choose from.
  2. You can also use small bottles to re-pack shampoo or lotions, so that you don't have to always carry a big bottle with you.
  3. Most major pharmacies carry toiletry bags and accessories.
This is especially useful if you normally take these items in your carry-on luggage, which would make it easier to pack and easier to scan during security checks.

Backpack Tips
  1. When a backpack, place lighter items at the bottom and heavier items on top. Your bag will feel lighter this way.
  2. You can pack things you use most frequently at the top.
Using Plastic Bags
  1. Keep a few plastic bags handy, especially to place toiletries in. Besides not having to worry about leaks, baggies and plastic bags can be useful to keep dirty clothes in or for garbage. Zip lock or other airtight plastic bags are best for liquid items.
  2. Pack everything in clear plastic bags (preferably zip lock), divided into items, i.e., underwear, t-shirts, shorts, etc., before packing everything in your suitcase or backpack. One plastic bag for each type of clothing. This is extremely useful in various ways. When you unpack your bag, you just take out a series of bags and you can see immediately what you want. So an overnight stay somewhere just means taking 1 item out of a bag instead of rummaging through the entire bag.
  3. Also, if you have to unpack at customs or security check points, instead of having to empty your entire bag in front of everybody, you can take maybe 5/6 bags out, the contents of which can be clearly seen by the officials. Repacking is also much easier.
Clothing
  1. Always pack what you know you will want to use during your vacation. If you are travelling for more than three weeks, plan to visit a launderette instead of packing too many clothes.
  2. In case you are flying and if you have a few stopovers, divide your clothes between different suitcases, backpacks, or bags. If one person’s luggage doesn't arrive at the destination, they'll still have clean clothes available.
  3. Airlines generally don't compensate for lost luggage for the first 24-48 hours, so this will save you money if it happens to you.
Traveling with Gifts While it is a good idea to take some small gifts with you while travelling, pre-wrapping them can be a waste of time and a huge problem in the event your bags are opened by security or customs.

Traveling with Diaper Bags Travelling with diaper bags is an excellent place to hide and keep your valuables. It's also great to use as a waste bag

Carry-On Luggage Keep any medication and important papers in your carry-on bag. On long flights with multiple stopovers, packing a fresh change of clothes is a good idea, as bags tend to get delayed or lost on long haul, multiple stop flights. You don't want to end up stuck without medication, clothes or your important papers, even if it is just for a few days.

Minimize Toiletries Take only half a tube of toothpaste rolled up tight. Store shampoo in small containers. Only take half a roll of toilet paper (for emergencies only) and crush it so the middle is folded.

Additional Tips on Packing Methods
When packing your clothes, here are a few suggestions:
  1. Rolling Your Clothes Rolling works well with pants, skirts and sports shirts. Lay the item face down, fold back the sleeves and then roll from the bottom up.

  2. Fold Clothes Together Take two or more garments. For example, trousers, lay half of one pair on top of the other. Fold the one on the bottom over the pair on the top. Then take the other and fold it on the top. This gives each pair some cushion where you've folded it, so it's less likely to crease or wrinkle in the folds.
One of the biggest issues travelers contend with is over-packing. The next time you’re packing for a trip, utilize these tips and tricks to make your trip a lot easier and lighter!
 
 
 



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