8 Packing Tips and Strategies for Holiday Travel

By Robert Waldner on 18 November 2014
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There’s much to keep in mind when packing for a holiday trip., Sometimes the stress of a family get-together can cause people to overlook things that are crucial to a successful traveling experience. Here are some universal tips and strategies for holiday packing from the expert travelers at Frequent Business Traveler magazine to make your trip easier and less stressful.

1.) Choose Your Bag Carefully

When choosing the right carry-on for your trip, make sure the bag meets your airline’s size requirements. Some bags could be too big, but usually most 22” roll aboard bags and backpacks meet the requirements.  For bags that will be checked, size usually does not matter. However, weight does, so check with your airline to avoid unpleasant surprises.

If you do check a bag, it is a good idea to take things such as a change of clothes, valuables, and medication with you in your carry-on just in case your checked bag goes astray.

2.) Use a Checklist

When using a properly prepared checklist, it is almost impossible to leave something behind. If you keep a list of your valuables, personal electronics, clothing, toiletries, and items needed when boarding, you will find you are less likely to forget something. Pilots use a checklist before takeoff, so should you.

3.) Secure Your Travel Documents

It is crucial to ensure travel documents, such as a passport, driver’s license, and credit cards, are not left behind. It is also good practice to scan these travel documents, save them to your computer or external memory device, and carry a printed set with you. Don’t forget to print out your boarding pass as well if it isn’t stored on your smartphone

4.) Don’t Overpack

When traveling during the holidays, it isn’t uncommon to receive gifts or go shopping during holiday sales. Since this can result in having to carry home more than you brought, avoid overpacking and bring just enough clothing for each day, remembering to bring items that may be easily paired with other clothing you are bringing.

5.) Check the Weather

It is quite common for travelers to show up at their destination either completely overdressed or underdressed for the local weather. During the week prior to your trip and before boarding, check the weather, rainfall, and average temperature of your destination and dress and pack accordingly. If it is cold where you are departing from and warm where you are arriving at, pack a spare pair of clothing for warm weather in your carry-on bag. It is far easier to change on the plane or at the airport than to have to go shopping after a long flight.

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