Going on a vacation can sure be exciting. All the excitement and anticipation, however, may overwhelm you and cause you to pack all things you have in your closet.
Avoid hassles and delays at the airport by packing light. The maximum size of luggage most airlines will allow you to have for a carry-on will not exceed 60 inches so it would be best to pack a single semisoft bag with a combined width, length and depth that will not exceed 60 inches. Packing a single bag for carry-on also reduces the risk of leaving your luggage behind at the hotel or even at the airport.
Before you start packing, it would be a smart move to make a list first. This would give you time to think about the things that you REALLY need to bring. Plan your days ahead and know what you’ll be wearing for certain events. If you’re going on a business trip, make sure you have your blazer on the list. Avoid bringing unnecessary items like a really heavy sweater on summers but do bring an extra pair of pants and an extra shirt for emergencies and unexpected events.
Since your clothes can occupy as much as 75% of your luggage, pack tightly. Fold your clothes and flatten them to make more space for other clothes or other items. You can also try rolling your clothes instead of folding them. This will also help you avoid wrinkling in your clothes.
Buy travel size toiletries. Different countries have different limits for liquids on planes. Bringing toiletries, including gels and aerosols, in full-size containers might cause you hassles as you might be asked to leave them behind. To be sure about the limit on liquids, you can call your airline ahead of time and check with them. Put your toiletries in Ziploc bags so your clothes don’t get wet if they spill. If you can, travel without any at all. You can buy your mouthwash, shampoo, toothpaste and soap from local drugstores once you reach your destination.
I would say it would be best to travel without any electronic gear but at this day and age, who can live without them? If you need to bring any electronics, make sure you bring only the ones that you really need. You wouldn’t need much if you have an iPhone, an iPad or even just a Blackberry. You can pretty much do anything on these gadgets.
Lastly, leave some space for souvenirs. You’ll never know what you’ll find at the night market or at the local mall. Leave enough space for you to pack the souvenirs you’ll take home. This way, your luggage will be lighter and you won’t have to sacrifice leaving anything behind just so you can take that I Love Mexico shirt home.