Posted by: kmgib | November 30, 2008

Packing Light

With most airlines charging for checked luggage, here’s a few ways to pack lighter and save some money.

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1. Choose flexible clothing, clothes that can be worn with almost anything. A pair of black pants, khaki pants and jeans. Shirts that can be worn with most any of them. And a black blazer. These items can be paired in a variety of ways. Remember: You don’t need three outfits for everyday. For a week’s vacation: three pairs of pants, 5-7 shirts, one set of pajamas, two pairs of shoes, a swim suit, and enough underwear in case your flight gets canceled or delayed somewhere.

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2. Pack your bag in advance, so you can add stuff that you might have forgotten.

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3. Two days before your trip, unpack your clothing and cut what you’re bringing in half. Do you really need five pairs of shoes?

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4. Only bring one bag plus a personal item. Preferably carry on size, so you don’t have to pay the extra fees.

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5. Use vacuum seal bags. They make travel ones too in case you don’t have access to a vacuum on your trip. You just roll the air out of the bag, and you have twice as much space in your luggage.vac-bags

6. Leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs.

7. Buy travel-sized toiletries. You don’t need a full tube of toothpaste or shampoo.

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8. Don’t bring your whole medicine cabinet. Where you are going will likely have drug stores, so just bring the essentials: Aspirin, Imodium, etc. You don’t need every type of cold medicine you have in your cabinet.

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9. Pack for the best scenario, not the worst.

10. Check out onebag.com. Fit everything into one bag.
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