Packin' heat. Or a suitcase. Whatever.
Today I am going to give you guys some travel tips. Specifically in the area of packing your suitcase. Maybe everyone knows this already, but no one I know IRL seems to, so I thought it might help someone else out there, too.
Around here, my friends have started taking notice of my "packing method." You see, I hate checking bags on flights. Especially now that it costs money. But I tried to avoid it even when it was free. I guess I just had a deep, dark fear of the airlines losing my bags. *Knock on wood* it's never happened to me, but who wants to be on a dream vacation in a foreign country with just the clothes on their back? NOT THIS GIRL!
So in order to avoid lost bags and save money, I do all in my power to travel with only carry-ons. I've traveled to Europe for 2 weeks taking just a duffle bag and my purse. I went to Turkey with just a carry-on. Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean... just the standard carry-on and a personal item. When Josh travels to Malaysia or Costa Rica for a week or two for work, I pack his bags and he doesn't check a thing either.
This was [most of] my loot for Arizona. I ended up adding about 3 more shirts, just to have more options ;)
Our trip to Arizona was only 3 days, so this is not my most impressive pack! The award for that would have to go to Alaska. I actually had a good amount of space left in my suitcase this time, but I will share anyway so you can see how to do it!
Here is my suitcase:
As you can see, it's nothing fancy. It doesn't even have an inside pocket for your undies like most suitcases do. It was given to me several years ago when I lived in TN by a lady I nannied for. She gave it to me because the zipper was broken. It still is.
Here it is with a Lola inside so you can kind of judge how big it actually is:
Then shoes go on the very top. I usually try to wear the biggest, most bulky pair of shoes on the plane to save space in the suitcase.
This usually pretty much fills up my suitcase.
Then, in my tote bag, the first thing I put in there is my purse. Remember, you can only have 1 suitcase/carry-on bag and 1 personal item. So my purse goes in the tote, otherwise I'd have 3 carry-on items. My toiletry bag, camera, and electronic chargers go in there as well. Then anything that didn't fit in my suitcase... another pair of shoes, a jacket, hats, whatever.. Even if I don't really need the tote bag (like for Arizona, I probably could have gotten by just taking my purse and the suitcase) I still take it for the extra space for any souvenirs I want to bring home!! ;)
So that is pretty much it! Pack smart and ROLL. For some reason I think rolling takes up less space. Plus, I've noticed it produces less wrinkles in the clothes than the traditional folding :)
Try it on your next trip -- save money and peace of mind over possible lost bags!
You're welcome! And Happy Hump Day!