Packing it all in…

IT’S WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE THAT COUNTS. YOU’VE GOT YOUR US PASSPORT, AND ARE READY TO FLY… PACKING CAN BE SUCH A HASSLE; HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO MAKE IT A BREEZE.

1: Power of the plastic…

Packing shoes in plastic bags, or oversized Ziploc bags prevents your specially selected travel clothes from getting dirty. Those little bags are of course, very handy at the airport and in your suitcase to divide up wet and dry items. More than that, they are a pre-requisite for carrying small separate amounts of liquid onto the plane. The TSA suggests this guideline:

3-1-1 for carry-ons

  • 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottle or less (by volume)
  • 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag
  • 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin

Visit http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm for more information.

2:  ‘Cos we are living in a material world…

A way to get the most room out of your suitcase is by rolling your clothes tightly, VS the flat-fold method. Somehow it seems that bags will hold more if the clothes are rolled rather than folded. If you roll them in tissue paper, the clothes will also get less wrinkled. (Yay – less ironing time during your trip!!)Store socks inside shoes before wrapping them in plastic.

 

3: Carry-on, carry-on!

Keep any medication and all important papers and keys in your carry-on bag. On long flights with multiple stopovers (especially if flying through major airports), packing a fresh change of clothes is a good idea as bags tend to get delayed or lost on long haul, multiple stop flights. You don’t want to end up stuck without medication, your important papers, or special event ensemble!

4: Identify yourself…

Protect your valuable passport and/or ID documents by making photocopies of them, and carrying those around with you on your person instead, during your trip. Store the originals safely locked away in, well, your hotel safe!

It may not be a bad idea to scan copies of your documents and email them to family and close friends in case you do somehow lose all your documentation.

Should you find you have damaged your passport in some fun-filled watery adventure, say jet-skiing in Aruba, rest easy… we here at 24 hour passport and visas will have a new one ready for you in no time!

5: Dress for success!

Build your wardrobe around a neutral color palette; gray, black, brown, beige and blue are the most versatile. The occasional pop of color is fine, but you should be able to pair each garment you pack with a number of other pieces in your suitcase. Only include items that you can wear in multiple ways; think mix-and-match separates rather than individual full outfits. Use accessories to shake things up and give the same T-shirt a fresh spin on different days. Accessories that liven up an outfit such as hats, or scarves, are fun and inexpensive mementos that can be purchased at markets or fairs at the country of your destination.

Safe travels and happy trails!

The 24 hour passport and visa team.

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