14 Genius Packing Tips from Flight Attendants
Want to travel lighter and smarter? Master the art of packing with these tips from the professionals.
Prioritize your shoes
Cute shoes, workout shoes, walking shoes… they all take up so much room in your suitcase, says Frilicci. “There really is no easy answer when it comes to packing them.” To maximize space, she tucks jewelry and other small items into the shoes and then puts them in shoe bags. “It should go without saying that your shoes shouldn’t touch your clothes.” Another smart tip comes from Valencia, “No matter what, I always pack flip flops—I don’t like walking barefoot on the gross hotel floor.” Flight attendants always pack these essentials in the winter.
Pack laundry detergent
Committing to doing your own laundry when traveling is a surefire way to lighten your suitcase. While some hotels have washing machines on site (call ahead to find out), you can wash many items in the bathroom sink, especially if you pack items that are lightweight and quick drying, Valencia shares. Individual laundry packets made for hand washing in the sink and portable laundry lines take up little room in your suitcase or you can invest in a portable washing system such as Scrubba, a bag that washes and dries clothes when you are on the go. Find out the 13 travel secrets veteran globetrotters wish you knew.
Pack a portable shopping bag
A lightweight portable shopping bag can serve many purposes when traveling. Some places charge you for bags, so bringing your own shopping bag is a good option if you are trying to save money and be green, says Frilicci. That shopping bag can also be used for dirty clothes or as a carry-on to hold the overflow from a packed suitcase.
Be smart with your electronics
Traveling with too many electronic devices can seriously weigh you down, especially when each one comes with a separate charging cord. Determining whether you can or cannot live without your cell phone, laptop, headphones, and iPad is a personal decision, but if you decide to bring them all, you should try to streamline the cords and chargers that come with them. Frilicci recommends keeping all of your cords wrapped neatly in one little container or using travel gadget organizers that keep everything in one zippered pouch. A Mophie charger is also a must, says Frilicci. “It lets you charge your devices when you don’t have access to electricity.” Next, find out the 12 golden rules for stress-free air travel.
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