Travel season is upon us! No matter if you’re heading across the world or to a different area code for a weekend getaway, you’ll need to pack. I will be heading to Chicago this weekend on business, (I manage social media for The Black Women’s Expo – check it out if you’re in the area!) so in the spirit of traveling, here are a few tips to make packing a little bit easier.
Always do your research: If you’re traveling by plane, train, bus or even car, there are always luggage stipulations. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen people turned away or asked to pay extra as a result of breech of luggage guidelines. Before you even begin packing, find out exactly what you are able to bring, size and weight limit. If you’re traveling by bar, discuss what each passenger is bringing so there’s enough room to fit comfortably.
Weigh your luggage: Once you’re all packed, weigh your bags. Although the weight may not be 100% accurate, you can get an estimate by placing your items on your bathroom scale. A baggage weight can also be effective. For instance, if you’re luggage weighs 53lbs and the weight limit is 50, you’re able to make adjustments before heading out on your trip. *My mom found this luggage weigher at Tj Maxx and it’s a lifesaver*
Leave some room: It’s inevitable that you’ll bring something back from your travels, so be sure to leave some room for souvenirs….or new shoes! One simple trick I’ve learned is to roll clothes, especially slacks and denim. Denim is often a heavier fabric but by rolling jeans up, it leaves more room and distributes the weight.
Take pictures: Before you even begin packing, take a good hard look in your closet and begin planning your outfits. Do it Cher style! Remember that scene in Clueless when Dion took Polaroids of Cher’s possible outfits? Planning outfits out before hand will cut down on packing time and just make things easier overall. Try on different looks and take photos of yourself so you remember exactly what to pack.
What packing tips do you have?
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