8 packing tips for travelers

August 18, 2014 |

There's still time to plan a vacation getaway for some rest and relaxation before summer fades away. Oftentimes, you may find when you're heading out for a trip that you need to bring more than what will fit into your bag.

Packing tips for travelers

When you're preparing for your trip, be sure that you're following some of these tips so that you can efficiently pack everything you need and avoid additional baggage fees:

  • Before you begin to pack, make a list. This is especially important for those who tend to procrastinate. Depending on the length of a trip, travelers may want to start packing weeks before leaving. A list gives travelers the opportunity to see what they have and what they need to purchase before departure. It's also a great way to guarantee that nothing will be left behind.
  • Travelers will find they can pack a lot more if they roll rather than fold their clothes. Tightly rolled clothing takes up less space and is less likely to get wrinkled.
  • In addition to rolling items in a suitcase, try packing items that can be worn with several different outfits to lessen the load.
  • Be sure to review an airline's baggage-fee policy before packing, especially for those who may be on a budget or simply want to avoid racking up extra costs that may cut into a spending allowance. Check an airline's website for its baggage policy to help prevent paying any extra costs.
  • Don't get stuck in security lines, remember the Transportation Security Administration's rules for liquids: any liquid, gel or powder must be contained in a bottle that's 3.4 ounces or smaller – all of which should fit comfortable inside a single, clear, quart-sized bag.
  • Travelers are typically permitted a carry-on bag and a personal item. It's a good idea to use this packing space wisely and bring something that's a little larger – just make sure that the dimensions are within those outlined by the airline.
  • Don't put essential items in checked baggage, instead bring it along in a carry-on bag. This includes credit cards, money, identification, passport, electronics and other valuables. 
  • Travelers that know their rental will have free laundry facilities should aim to bring multiple articles of clothing that can be washed and combined to wear in a variety of outfits. This will help lessen the load of baggage when checking in at the airport.

These tips can still prove to be beneficial if you're heading out on business travel, too.