How to Travel Lightly


As promised, here are the travel tips we originally went over earlier this week:

I would recommend you get a carry-on sized luggage that’s durable. I like the different styles and colors that other luggage offers but sometimes it’s about durability over looks. Also, make sure to get luggage that has the most storage. That way you’ll have more compartments to store more items. We all know how TSA likes to throw luggage around, so please get something that’s black, blue or grey. Whatever dark color you prefer, get it to hide the wear and tear.


     

What to Pack:

Make sure to pack as light as you can. My suitcase (shown above), can hold at least 7 days of clothing but of course you also have to consider the shoes and other items inside the main portion of your luggage.

   

 

Make sure to place your shoes in your luggage first. The big and bulky items always go first. Keep your shoes to a minimum at least 2-3 pairs. Choose pairs that will most likely go with the majority of your outfits. The simpler, the better.

I recommend trying a simple and easier technique. Roll ALL of your clothing items...yes, that also means underwear. You’re trying to get more clothes without any issues to zip your luggage.

More than needed rule only applies to underwear and socks. You never know what will happen when you arrive at your destination. The weather can change, you may have an accident of any kind, or you’re going to a theme park and you become very wet. This is where that extra pair of underwear or socks comes in handy.

Ex: If you’re traveling for 7 days, take 8 or 9 pairs of underwear and socks. You want to be safe, not sorry. 

If you’re traveling more than 7 days and you notice you’re not able to get any more items in your carry-on, you can either ask someone else who may be going if you can store a few of your things in their luggage or just take the extra items out and wear a few items more than once. 

I’ve done this once when visiting family. They wanted me to extend my stay a few days into the new year but I only had 7 days of clothing, so I had to re-wear a few items but I switched it up and of course I washed them as well.  This was the first time I’d done that and it wasn’t that bad...coming from a person who had to learn how to travel light with a dog on a plane).


   

 

Toiletries:

TSA states that your toiletries have to be 3.4 oz. or less and must fit in a clear quart freezer sized bag and you can only have one per person. So if your boyfriend, husband, or friend doesn’t mind holding your shampoo or other liquid items you need in his luggage, more room for you! But if you fit as many toiletry items you can inside of that bag, it’s great, each item just has to be 3.4 oz. or less.

If you have any items such as lotion, perfume, hair products that are usually larger than the required ounces, get a small travel size plastic bottle from your local store (Walmart, Walgreens, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Target, etc.) and pour as much as you need for the days you’ll be there. It’s so much better.

**Bonus: If you travel with your own body soap, I recommend a bar of soap instead of liquid. Also, please keep your hairstyles simple if you don’t want to purchase items at your destination because you won’t be able to have those bulky items on your carry-on. 

 

When to pack:

Make a list and check it twice. I love this because I love being organized and on time. This won’t take any time at all to write down everything you need for your trip so you won’t have to look for anything when it’s time to leave for the airport. This is also great if you’re taking a road trip. 

Make sure to pack early. It’s so much better and easier to pack everything either two days or a day before you leave. You won’t be stressed and everything will go more smoothly. 

**Bonus tips: When traveling with a pet, please make sure to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours ahead of time. TSA has to check and make sure your pet is safe in the carrier, they’re able to move around comfortably, and they’re able to see out of the carrier...and breathe of course. 

For more tips about traveling with your pet, please visit my “Travel” Highlight on my Instagram page. 

I hope these tips were helpful. If you have any additional information to add or have any questions, I would love to hear from you!

I hope you have a safe flight and happy travels :)


Janelle









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