Here are few tips and tricks that’ll ease your packing woes next time you go on an amazing trip.
- USE A COLOR COORDINATED SCHEME: A colour coordinated schemes maintains uniformity and gives you options for more combinations.
- DISCARD OLD CLOTHES: Carry clothes you’d like to give away. This way you have a lighter bag and more space to accommodate stuff you shopped for.
- PACKING SHOES: These are the most difficult item to pack. Packing shoes in a shoe bag/ plastic bag/ newspaper will avoid getting soil on your clothes. You can also use shoes to store small stuff like cosmetics and socks to maintain their shape.
- TOILETERIES: Carrying small versions is always a good idea to save you space for all the other extra items.
- ELECTRONICS: Using your clothes as a cushion is a smart way to protect your electronics. Also remove batteries to avoid draining of battery, if the device is accidently switched on.
PACKING STYLES: There are many techniques that can be used to fold and pack your clothes to minimize space. Here are some for you:
- Interlock clothes: Overlay clothes and fold them into each other to prevent wrinkling.
- Fold and stack: The most simple and widely used technique. Fold and stack clothes onto each other in chronological order that they’ll be used.
- Bundle method: Wrap the clothes around an object to avoid wrinkles.
- Rolling method: Just roll your clothes and pack to avoid wrinkling and also to save space.
- PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY & VALUABLES: Wouldn’t it be a nightmare if you lost your passport / cards/ tickets?? Always carry a scanned copy of these in case of emergency. Separate your cards, cash and other valuables and store them in different pockets and wallets.
- RIGHT LUGGAGE: Always carry the right kind of bag. Know your travel and choose and pack your luggage accordingly to avoid inconvenience.
Be prepared for everything that comes your way with these travel tips.
- Always have extra space in your bag, even if you’re gone only for a few days. You never know when you may need it.
- Always try to take a connecting flight of the same airlines to avoid delays.
- Do not forget to take pictures. Memories and experience are what matters on a trip.
- Always double check your stuff after packing to make sure you don’t leave anything behind.
- Try not to unpack everything at once to create a mess. Unpack what is required.
- The most important thing of all, DO NOT FORGET YOUR MOBILE CHARGER, Nobody likes their battery to die mid vacation.
- Always have a city map guide handy while travelling. Have a translator app installed in case the locals speak a different language.
The following are some guidelines to help you get through your last step to your travel destination:
- Always check airlines and country guidelines as these tend to change from one place to another. Be aware of things that cannot be carried in flight like sharp objects, sporting goods, guns & firearms, tools, exposable and inflammable chemicals.
- When carrying liquids the following care should be taken:
- All liquids, gels and aerosols must be packed in 100 ml (by volume) bottles or less. Multiples bottles are permissible.
- Only a litre sized, clear plastic resealable zip lock bags should be used to store the bottles and the items should comfortably fit inside a bag.
- One passenger is allowed to carry only a litre size bag which is to be placed at the conveyer belt to be examined.
- Medications, baby formula, food and other important life sustaining liquids are allowed in reasonable amounts and can exceed the 100 ml limit and need not be in a zip lock bag.
- Again one must always double check with the airline and country guidelines to be sure.
- Hand luggage specifications and dimensions change from one airline to another. Always enquire beforehand regarding this.
- When carrying batteries, always use original batteries that are not prone to crushing, puncturing or are under high pressure. Carry them with the carry-on luggage instead of checked in luggage for better monitoring by the cabin crew in case of any fire or other casualties.
- Specialised items as aids for the disabled are allowed through the checkpoints. If one needs to carry these aids inside the aircraft one may contact the airlines. Airlines mostly provide alternate items in case the specified aid is not allowed inside the cabin.