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- Posted:Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Five packing mistakes you don't know you're making
Travel can be stressful, but packing and flying doesn’t need to be. While many people think they've assembled a perfect suitcase, sometimes it takes getting to the airport, or even to your destination, to realise something just...isn’t...right.
Here are the few mistakes to avoid so you can breeze past everyone else in security and have the trip of a lifetime.
1. You aren’t being 'top-heavy'
It is so easy to over-pack. One easy rule to stick to is being 'top-heavy'. This means packing mostly shirts rather than shorts and trousers. While shorts and trousers can be worn multiple times without a necessary wash, having a few various t-shirts will make you feel clean and fresh while changing the look of your entire outfit.
For warmer climates, never pack more than one pair of trousers and more than one skirt or pair of shorts. You’ll never need more than that and will end up just carrying it around. If you’re worried about the limited clothes supply, just pack a small Ziplock bag of laundry detergent.
2. You haven’t measured your carry-on luggage
The days of easy, stress-free air travel are over. Almost every airline has some type of hidden fee to be aware of. Most times, these hidden fees have to do with limited cabin space.
Don’t arrive at the airport (or even get all the way to your gate for that matter) without knowing the adequate size of cabin baggage. Airline employees may ask you to fit your bag into an appropriate-sized container for it to be tested. If you can’t fit it in perfectly, you’ll be stuck with a hefty charge. Always have a small tape measure and look up the appropriate dimensions online before you go.
3. You aren’t utilizing space-saver bags
While rolling clothes is a great way to save space, rolling clothes in a space saver bag, or travel compression sack, saves even more space. Some bags require a vacuum to suck out the air, but others allow you to push out the air yourself. Separate different types of clothes into different bags for an even more organized packing experience.
4. You’ve packed too much and don’t have a back-up plan
Don’t be that person at the airport sprawled across the floor with their dirty underwear and toiletries exposed to the check-in line. Instead, be ready with a few things in mind just in case you’ve gone over the weight limit.
Maybe you don’t really need that huge bottle of sunscreen anymore, or those tattered sandals. Be prepared with these items on top so you can easily take them out. It might be hard to let go, but at least it’ll save you the excess baggage fee.
5. You’ve forgotten to leave space for souvenirs
No one ever thinks about the end of a trip before departing. Often times, people will pack the suitcase full (or to the weight allowance) without allowing for any space to buy things. If you can’t save the room for souvenirs, make sure you have a few items to switch out at the end of a trip. Another good option is to bring a shopping bag along and tote the souvenirs as a carry-on.
Jessica Wray is a Californian, an over-thinker, a spicy-food lover and a serial expat. She has studied and lived in Latin America, taught English in South Korea, backpacked Asia and now lives in Madrid, Spain. Follow along with her on her blog, Curiosity Travels, as she tackles her mid-twenties all while calling different parts of the world home.