How many times have you overpacked in your life? You’ve crammed everything you can think you could even potentially need into a giant suitcase, you have to sit on to zip it shut, and you’re just crossing your fingers you’ll make weigh in. Next, you crawl off the plane groggy, and nauseated if you’re anything like me, and wait an hour to shove through a crowd and drag that 50lb bag off the conveyer belt (if you’re even at the right belt). Most likely at least once in your life you’ll have to fight someone for your own suitcase because they swear it belongs to them and/or it won’t arrive AT ALL. Finally, when you get the suitcase it’s broken in 3 places and missing a wheel. One particular time on a trip to Jamaica customs picked my suitcase for a random search, removed all of my liquids from their designated plastic bag, proceeded to bust a large bottle of lotion on my clothes and zipped it back up. DON’T WORRY! They placed a lovely pamphlet on top of the mess to tell me how much they were not responsible for the damage. Luckily this happened on our way back.
Believe it or not, this is not a necessary evil! I have ten tips to make traveling easier and more enjoyable for everyone involved.
1. Pack a carry-on bag only.
2. Roll your clothing items.
3. Pack items that can mix and match to be worn more than once.
4. Try on outfits before packing.
5. Pack 3 pairs of shoes. Wear one on the plane.
6. Do not pack liquids or purchase travel containers.
7. Use a clear makeup bag slightly larger than you need.
8. Wear your jacket to the airport.
9. Place your jewelry in a plastic baggy, have ID/Passport in hand and ticket ready.
10. Download the app.
Sounds easy enough right? Not only has this made traveling for ME so much easier but my better half appreciates it as well.
I highly suggest purchasing a hard-shelled carry-on. Airplanes and airports can be hard on your luggage and they can be dirty with the amount of foot traffic moving through there on a day-to-day basis. They are easy to clean and harder to break. The first thing you need to do is think, or make a list, of the days you’ll be gone. Whether that be three or seven the process is the same. Next, take stock of the things you’ll be doing day by day. Going to a nice dinner three nights, watching a baseball game, laying by the pool, etc. Start by laying out some outfits for those occasions and a separate pile of essentials like socks and underwear. Choose clothing items you can mix and match to utilize more than once. A beach maxi cover-up that can be dressed up another day for a nice dinner, basic shorts, skirts or jeans that can be worn with any top. It can drastically cut down on the amount of items in your suitcase. Trying all of your outfits on prevents that little voice in your head from saying you need 3 extra options incase such and such doesn’t work.
Guest Author: Kelsey Fox
I’m a soon to be Vegas bride, proud bernese mountain dog mom, Cherokee and a chef. Being from a small town in Kentucky I’ve always wanted to see the world beyond the hollows. Thanks to the shared wonder of my better half we’re doing just that. I follow where the universe takes me. Follow Kelsey on Instagram: @kfox8891