Packing for a trip is never easy because most people can’t decide what they want to bring. Some pack too much and are forced to lug heavy bags around while others pack too little and are forced to purchase items they need. The right packing strategy will help you travel light and comfortably. Here are some tips for you to consider before you head for the airport.
1. Consider the Baggage Fee
Before you start packing, you need to look at the baggage fee policy. Some airlines will allow one checked-in bag for international flights, but you should consider your airline weight limit allowance for free baggage carefully. In fact, you should probably do that before you purchase the ticket. Domestic airlines will charge quite a lot of money for checked-in luggage, especially if the bags are heavy. You should check the airline website before you pack. The JFK or LGA airport websites might also have useful information.
2. Make a List of Items You Need
Look at your wardrobe, consider the length of your trip, consider the places you will visit and meetings you will attend, and then make a list of things you need. The most important items should be placed at the top and the items that you can replace or purchase at your destination without too much trouble should be placed at the bottom. This will allow you to pack well and ensure you don’t miss anything important before you leave for JFK or other airports.
3. Roll Instead of Fold
Seasoned travelers have used this trip for several years now. Rolling clothes doesn’t just save space, but also helps prevent creasing. Tightly packed rolls are also less likely to unravel if the luggage isn’t handled carefully. Rolling will allow you to utilize almost of all of the space available in the bag efficiently so you’ll be able to pack more clothes. This won’t damage or crease your freshly laundered or ironed formal wear, so you won’t have to worry about appearing unkempt.
4. Consider What You Can Include in Your Carry-on
TSA will check your carry-on luggage carefully and will confiscate items that violate their regulations. Before you leave for your airport, check the rules regarding carry-on baggage and ensure you don’t have anything that won’t be permitted on board. The TSA website will explain the rules clearly. Any liquids you wish to carry must be in 3.4-ounce or smaller bottles. Prescription medication is the sole exception to this rule.
5. Keep Essential Items On You
Checked in baggage can be misplaced or become lost but carry-on luggage will always stay with you. That’s why you should keep all essential items that are permitted by the TSA in your carry-on. Also keep any valuable items like expensive jewelry or devices like Macbooks, etc, with you.
If you follow these tips, you will be able to pack all of the items that you need without having to lug heavy bags around the airport and your destination.