The Romance Travel Group teams travels a lot. Some of us are better are packing than others, but we all have our tips and tricks. Here is our list of tips to help you pack like a pro:
Pack light. Pre-plan your days and outfits and use mix and match items that can be worn more than once. Only pack one extra outfit “just in case.” Use gallon size baggies to divide up outfits.
Limit shoes. Choose outfits based on shoe color. If you’re bringing black sandals, your outfits should all go with black. Leave the brown sandals and coordinating outfits at home for your next trip.
If you can manage with just a carry-on, do it. Try taking half of the things you need and twice the money. You can make buying a few new items a fun part of the adventure.
Pack a sleep mask and ear plugs. These can come in handy on a plane, train or in your hotel room.
Optimize your suitcase space. Roll your clothes, instead of folding them. Stuff socks, underwear, and accessories inside of shoes and around the inside edges. Leave no space unused.
Keep a large wrap in your carry-on, ladies. It can be used as a blanket on the plane, a scarf if it’s cold or a shawl on an evening out.
Use baggies to organize and hold your accessories. Plastic grocery store bags have multiple uses (laundry bag, shoe covers, keep liquids from spilling on clothes).
Pack some snacks in your carry on. Not only are they cheaper than buying them at the airport, but you can opt for healthier snacks or your favorite treats.
Use a small zippered make-up bag or pencil case to store prescriptions and things like aspirin, antacids, and a few band aids in your carry on.
Share your packing space. Traveling as a couple? Split your clothes between two suitcases on the off chance one of them gets lost during the flight.
Bring an extension cord. Although newer hotels have USB ports in rooms, it’s best to have an extra outlet to charge all of your electronics at once. This also comes in handy when multiple people are sharing one hotel room bathroom.
Make photocopies of your passport and stash one copy in your luggage and leave the other copy with someone at home. Use your phone to take pictures of your car in the airport’s parking garage so you can remember where you parked. Do the same for your luggage and its contents in case it gets lost.
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