Monday, March 22, 2010

Packing Tips for Airplane Travel

Any seasoned traveler will tell you that you should always try to pack light enough to avoid checking your luggage during airplane travel. Checking your luggage when you arrive can eat up precious time, something you need when you are looking for the right gate at a huge international airport. However, most of us just can’t bear the thought of limiting ourselves to one carry-on sized bag for a trip. If you can’t manage to carry-on all of your luggage you will need, and must check your bag, make sure you pack enough in your carry-on to get you through a few days should your luggage go missing.

Which toiletries do you need to carry on board an airplane flight? Use this as your guidepost: pack what you must have it for the first night or week and your lodging won't supply it. These might include: deodorant, sunscreen, contact lens solution, toothpaste/toothbrush, and lip balm.

Some additional hints to help you fly the skies successfully:

A hard plastic soap case is the perfect size to protect a camera stashed in a carry-on bag and cheaper than a regular camera bag.

A hotel shower cap becomes the perfect wrapper for shoes when traveling; stick your shoes inside and protect your clothes from getting dirtied.

Roll clothes to help prevent wrinkles and save space in your luggage.

Leave some room in your bag for souvenirs you pick up along the way, you definitely don’t want to put yourself in the position of having to leave anything behind.

Choose shoes wisely. Always wear your heaviest, bulkiest pair on the plane. A cheap pair of flip-flops is also a good idea in case the showers aren’t first class accommodations or you make an impromptu visit to a beach location.

If you are bringing children, make sure to pack some snacks for the airplane ride. Most flights are cutting back on providing food on domestic flights, and you will definitely want to avoid hunger driven temper tantrums.

Pack some sort of moisturizer or facial mist. Airplane trips can be incredibly dehydrating so this will help refresh your skin. Also avoid alcoholic or heavily caffeinated beverages, and opt for water instead.

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