Great Packing Tips – Part 2
Smart Traveler polled it’s readers on their best packing tips. These tips are clever, logical and 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Check our website at: http://www.EvasBestTravelAndCruises.com.
Be Perpetually Packed
Reader Heather Howard gave this tip in response to How to Pack a Perfect Weekend Getaway Bag: “Have a set of travel essentials that never gets unpacked (toiletries, emergency medications, passport, bikini, running shoes, etc.). Refill toiletries when unpacking from your last trip and leave them in the suitcase, ready to go.” This is an ingenious way to pack quickly for every trip, and it’s especially useful if you take a lot of last-second business trips.
Swap Your Stuff
When traveling as a couple or group, get strategic with your multiple bags. On our Facebook page, reader Hilda Umbelina Andrade said, “My hubbie and I pack each others’clothing in each others’ suitcase; this way if ever one of ours gets lost we at least have something to tide us over.”
Don’t Be Alarmed
One portable product you don’t need to purchase? That travel alarm clock. Reader Bonnie Joy Salhany shared the following tactic in response to Nine Travel Products You Don’t Really Need: “I don’t take a travel alarm; I take a timer instead. Then you can just set it each night for the amount of time you have to sleep. This is especially helpful if you will be in more than one time zone (you don’t have to worry about changing the time) and your wake-up time differs each day.”
Ship Your Stuff
To lighten your load, consider shipping your things through the mail instead of packing them. In Packing Tips So Crazy They Just Might Work, Phebe Schwartz left this helpful comment: “One summer, we attended a wedding in Minneapolis, then flew to Costa Rica for five weeks of adventure. I brought a pre-addressed postage-paid flat-rate priority box in my luggage, and mailed my dress and my husband’s jacket (plus both our dress shoes) back home after the wedding. Use the medium box; it has self-stick ends and folds flat in a rolling carry-on bag.”
Spice Up Your Stay
For travelers planning to whip up meals while staying in a vacation rental or an apartment with a kitchen, here’s an ingenious way to transport spices. In response to our Carry-On Bag Packing List, reader Hari Carr advised, “If we’re renting a place with a kitchenette, I’d also take spices in a week’s pillbox, for instance, Italian seasoning, curry powder, onion powder, rosemary, garlic powder, cumin, and black or white pepper.
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