Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Smooth Out Your Travel!


Smooth Out Your Travel: How to Pack Light

One of the hardest things about traveling can be all the items you are required to keep with you and keep track of through your excursion to another city, state or even country. While it may be easy to think that the familiar things you bring from home can be a comfort to you while you're far away, in reality it's probably easier to pack light. 
When you're on vacation or traveling for business, the last thing you want to do is keep track of a million things or have to drag, lift and heave a gigantic bag everywhere — especially if you're traveling with children. Take a few of these helpful hints to smooth out your travel.

Ask Yourself What You Really Need
It can be difficult to pare down your packing, especially if you are traveling to a place where you're unsure if the weather will have mighty mood swings. But for the most part in spring and summer, you can bet that you'll need one jacket. The farther north you go, the heavier the jacket should be. If you can get by with a lighter jacket and layering with a sweatshirt, by all means, go for that. Ultimately, you can wear jeans — which take up a lot of luggage space — more than one time, and if you pack just a few basic shirts that go well with different accessories, you can swap out accessories to create new outfits rather than having to pack several different ensembles. Pack one nice pair of shoes, one set of tennis shoes, and, if you're going to a warmer climate, one pair of sandals. You really only need one or two sweaters or sweatshirts to wear during your stay and you can re-wear these items as well. Consider choosing sweaters that match more than one button-up shirt, and you can create different outfits by mixing up the button-ups.

Lose the Packaging
Now that TSA regulates the size of liquids on planes, it's a no-brainer that you should consolidate your toiletries. Those travel bottles were nice even before they were required. Small, snack-sized ziplock baggies are great for this. You can also transfer vitamins and other medications. Just remember to write on the outside of the bag what kind of medicine it is, and, if necessary, the proper dosage. It may not seem like much, but with clever packing any little bit of space saved will add up.

About the Author: While traveling and developing tips for smooth travel, Sage stayed at the Stay and Park Heathrow. She enjoyed spending her trip in style and relaxed knowing that her terminal was just minutes away from her hotel. 

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