Great Packing Tips – Part 1

Great Packing Tips: Part 1

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Eva and Mark Greenwald, Eva’s Best Travel and Cruises, 203-221-3171, 888-499-7245,;

Smart Traveler polled its readers on their best packing tips. These tips are clever, logical and most importantly, they work. I will not excerpt them because a nugget of packing wisdom might get lost. If you have a tip to share, please contact me at: 203-221-3171, 888-499-7245, Check our website at:

Save Critical Documents
Here’s a tip we love: Save important documents electronically and you won’t have to worry
about losing them. In response to How to Pack a Perfect Weekend Getaway Bag, Linda Mason advised, “I email my itinerary, passport, parking ticket, credit-card info, hotel info, etc. to two email accounts. They can be accessed all over the world and I have pdfs of all critical info.”

Leave Your Mark
When packing, the big dilemma every traveler faces is the question of what to bring and what to leave at home. On the SmarterTravel Facebook page, Robin Philip Guest gave us this clever solution: “A month before you leave, make a list of what you want to take with several check boxes next to each thing. Mark off each thing you use in a month. Anything [with] less than three marks, leave at home! Chances are it will be dead weight in your case.”

Get What You Give
In response to Eight Ways to De-Junk Your Suitcase, Kim Jones advised leaving it all behind: “[I] pack a couple of clothing items that I don’t mind losing. If I buy something new along the way, I swap out something that I’ve finished wearing, find a donation bin, and leave my old clothes behind. I’ve left pairs of shoes all over the world—not expensive shoes, but everything from flip-flops to rain boots that I bought for a specific excursion in Ecuador. I left the rain boots (I live in Los Angeles, so don’t really need a pair) in Ecuador at the lodge for the next forest adventurer to use—and that left me room for tokens of my trip I wanted to bring home.”

Let the Air Out of the Bag
We love space-saving compression bags. But sometimes simple (and more affordable) zip-top bags work just as well. In response to Packing Tips So Crazy They Just Might Work, reader Lea Kelly advised, “My husband and I put clothes into gallon-sized Ziploc bags and squeeze the air out. It ends up looking like a mini space-saver bag. I put my underwear in one bag, my socks in another, and depending on their size I can get two shirts into one bag and pants in a single bag (you’ll be amazed how much you can pack using this method). I put all of those items into a rolling backpack (one for myself and one for my husband). Then we bring them as carry-ons with no checked

Pack Wine Well
On our Facebook page, Christina Ernst revealed a way to safeguard one of the most difficult things to pack: wine. Ernst said, “I tend to bring home wine from trips all around the world—let’s say at least 10 times a year—so I will put a sock over the wine bottle, then a bag. After hundreds of bottles, nothing has broken—ever.”

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About evagreenwald

I co-own Best Cruises and Travel Now, a full service, home-based travel agency. Our customers save a lot of time, a lot of money, a lot of aggravation from travel mistakes, while we give them expert, personalized travel advice and excellent customer service. Since we are affiliated with Cruise Planners/American Express, our clients can pay for part or all of their trip using their American Express Reward points! We specialize in specialty and theme cruises and trips, honeymoons and destination weddings, corporate travel and sales incentive trips, family and school reunions and friends getaways. We will exceed your expectations!
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