There are two kinds of travelers in the world: those who packed light and those who wish they had, says ASTA.
Packing light calls for planning, organization and creativity. Not only green, packing light is budget-friendly now with checked-baggage fees charged by most airlines.
Here are 10 Easy and Efficient Packing Tips from ASTA:
- Make a plan and stick to it. “A packing list eliminates the panic of last-second packing, serves as a handy guide for repacking at the end of the trip, and can be beneficial in the unfortunate event of lost or stolen luggage.”
- Check and check again. “Cross-check your packing list to determine if one piece can cover multiple occasions. Pick clothes that coordinate well together, based around complimentary colors.”
- Leave it behind. “When it comes to jewelry (and other non-essentials) don’t take what you don’t want to lose, and leave behind the flashy pieces that could attract thieves.”
- Ready, set, go. “Keep a travel kit stocked in a waterproof case — it saves packing time before the trip and aggravation after arrival. And don’t fill bottles up to the very top–pressure inside the plane may force the contents to expand and overflow.”
- Smooth operator. “Iron everything before placing it in the suitcase. Button all buttons and zip all zippers.”
- Fold it like you mean it. “Practice folding like they do in clothing stores…Overlap two pieces of clothing flat and then fold them into each other so that each piece cushions the other to aid in defying wrinkles.”
- Pack backwards. “Pack what you plan to wear or will need first, last.”
- Pack it in. “Eliminate wasted space, such as the insides of shoes, which are perfect for socks or underwear. When repacking, remember that balled-up, dirty laundry takes more space than carefully folded clothes.”
- Pack it out. “Always carry travel documents, medication, jewelry, traveler’s checks, keys and other valuables in your carry-on luggage.”
- Signed and delivered. “Label each piece of luggage, both inside and out, with your name and telephone number, but not your home address. If an address is needed, then put your office address.”