Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Top 5 packing tips

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According to Inc. Magazine (June 2012), the amount airline passengers were charged in baggage fees in 2010 was an astounding $3.4 billion. Obviously, what makes economic sense to the airlines does not make economic sense to many of its passengers. Checking bags is now a luxury we may not be able to afford. Therefore, packing light has never been more attractive. Aside from the time and money saved by not checking bags, it can be liberating to travel light and have less stuff to worry about when in transit. Here are my top packing tips:

  1. Pack clothes in easily washable and quick drying fabrics like nylon or polyester, or at least cotton blends containing such materials. Hand wash as needed.
  2. Wear one set of all-purpose jewelry on the plane and skip packing alternates.
  3. Take some of your savings from not checking a bag, invest in an e-reader and forgo heavy paper books and magazines.
  4. Use packing cubes - they really work to pack the most amount of stuff into a small space.
  5. Remember - wherever you're going, they probably have stores that sell toothpaste, underwear and batteries, so don't panic if you forget something or run out of supplies.
For more packing advice check out my previous post - Preparing for travel: packing

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