Tips to help you pack light and right!
(be sure to scroll down to see some of my favorite packing
- Choose dark (black, dark blue, purple, green, dark
red) or neutral (all browns
and shades of gray) colored clothing, so any dirt or stains acquired along the way won't
be too apparent. Try to stick to two or
three colors, so that all your clothes mix and match.
- For cooler weather travelers: layering clothes is more
effective than hauling around bulky sweaters or coats.
- A great way to pack clothes and keep them
relatively wrinkle free and neatly contained is to use
packing cubes and/or an
Eagle Creek Pack-It Folder 15"
cubes are great for socks and
underwear storage. I pack, some might say cram, most of my clothes into my
15" Pack-It Folder, but larger folders are available in 18" and 20" sizes.
Keep in mind that your backpack or suitcase needs to be big enough to fit the
- Roll garments up into tight tubes to save packing space and
avoid major wrinkling. Packing
can be used to keep your rolled up clothing contained and
organized. They allow you to find what you are looking for
without taking everything out of your bag and stop all your tightly packed
rolls of clothing from coming unrolled and ending up in a pile on the floor.
- When writing out your own packing list remember the
traveling light motto: Gather together everything you think you'll need and get rid of half of
it. Do not bring things just because they might come in
- If you have bought more than one
guide book and want to save
some space, get the book bindings cut off (any copy shop--like Kinko's--should be able to
do this for you for a nominal price) and take out only the pages you think you will
need. Hole-punch these pages and place them in a small three ring notebook or
organizer. I ended up hole-punching the outside edges of my pages because they had
more white space available for the holes. This meant the pages of my books were in
reverse order (with last page of book first and first page of book last).
- Put an odor
absorber, scented drawer sachet or dryer sheets inside of your
luggage to keep your clothes smelling fresh.
- For special packing advice for female travelers go to my
- For a list of what is permitted in carry on luggage
check the FAQ section here: http://www.tsa.gov
My Favorite Packing Helpers
PACK-IT® FOLDER 15"
I pack, some might say cram, most of my clothes
into my 15" Pack-It Folder, but larger folders are available in 18" and 20"
sizes. Keep in mind that your backpack or
suitcase needs to be big enough to fit the Pack-It Folder.
keep your clothing contained and
They allow you to find what you are looking for
without taking everything out of your bag and stop all your tightly packed rolls
of clothing from coming unrolled and ending up in a pile on the floor. A
2-sided Half Cube
is also useful to have to keep your dirty clothes separated from your clean
You can buy a toiletry bag, use a PVC mesh bag, or use a couple of sturdy Hefty-Zip Lock bags for a short trip.
PACKING CASES These
waterproof, vinyl cases are great for storing wet items or items that might spill. Much stronger and
more durable than a Ziplock bag! Very handy for organizing odds and ends
you need in your pack--like your first aid supplies or sewing kit.
Places to Buy Packing Aids
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eBags Outlet Blow-out prices on bargains and closeouts.
Magellan's Travel Supplies has an awesome selection of travel necessities and cool
their Sale/Outlet section for clearance
items. International shipping available..
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Get 5% back on all orders.
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Luggage Warehouse Luggage outlet selling discount luggage and travel accessories at
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Save on Backpacks and travel accessories. Free shipping on orders over
$125. Free returns! Luggage Online will pay the shipping to return any products
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