Tips for Packing a Suitcase

Bonnie Johnson's PostBy the time you read this I will already have left for my trip.  I’m off to New York and then Tampa and I’ll be away for ten days.  Unless you are planning on coming to rob my house, then I’m not really away at all.  You should also know I have a big mean dog, alarm system and neighborhood watch.

I am about to start packing and this time I will try and be smart about it for once.  I used to be a flight attendant and had the whole packing thing under control. That was a long time ago however and lately my bags have gotten ridiculously heavy and usually stuffed with items I never even wear.  Most airlines are now charging for checked bags that weigh over 50lbs; sadly many charge a fee for all checked baggage.  What has become of the airline industry? Don’t even get me started about the food and service I used to provide and don’t get a hint of now that I’m a passenger.

I have learned over the years that bags belonging to my husband or me tend to plan a different itinerary than the one we have.  Sometimes we don’t meet up for days and sometimes we never see them again.  Carry-on bags therefore must contain some essentials and most definitely anything of value.

So here are some gathered tips that I plan to follow and that you may find useful for your next trip away.

  • Gather all the garments you may need on your trip, then edit down your choices so you don’t over-pack. Put together whole outfits for each day you will be away.  Pack double-duty garments, like yoga pants that moonlight as pajamas.
  • Don’t put things straight in the suitcase; this makes editing tricky.
  • If you’re going somewhere warm, take two light layers that can be worn together: a sweater and a blazer, for instance. Then, if you leave or arrive on a chilly day, or if it rains the whole time you are in Maui…well you get the point.
  • Tightly roll softer, wrinkle-resistant garments, like T-shirts and cotton pants, and place them along the base of the bag. Jeans should be rolled, too.  (I’m big on rolling almost everything – it really works against wrinkles)
  • Snake belts around the perimeter of the bag.
  • Protect clothes from leaks by placing toiletries in a plastic freezer bag.  Freezer bags are a heavier plastic and they seal tightly.
  • Pack essential toiletries in a carry-on bag. Include your toothbrush, toothpaste, makeup, medication, expensive jewelery and other important items.
  • Stuff socks inside your shoes.
  • I always put my lacy girly intimate things in a clear plastic bag.  This serves two purposes; it keeps them together and easy to find and it ensures the creepy baggage checker isn’t sniffing handling your delicates.

luggage stuffingBonnie

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  1. I put all the “sniff-able” items right on top so that they don’t go searching around for them, just cut to the chase and if your lucky you get a real young guy who is slightly embarrassed by these sort of items,he blushes and doesn’t disturb your great packing job. The rolling t-shirts really works well! I’d call you but I have a wet new blackberry sitting in the intensive care rice ward! Be safe and make sure you sing “New York, New York” while walking down the street just once out loud for me !

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