A color-coordinated wardrobe with pieces that mix and match, allows each item in your suitcase to do double duty. Dress in layers so you can adapt to changing temperature. Utilize accessories!
Cushion garments, inside and out, with plastic or fold those in tissue paper to minimize wrinkling. Roll or fold clothes to fit the suitcase. Start by folding the garment into a large rectangle, and then tightly roll from the bottom up. Fold less wrinkle-prone clothes (pajamas, jeans) and place on the bottom.
Pack garments in the order in which you plan to wear the items. Fill corners and edges with shoes (bagged and stuffed with underwear and socks). Top off with delicate items.
Pack travel-size toiletries, and first aid supplies, including sunscreen, and other liquids, in zipper-lock plastic bags, Place these in zippered or netted areas inside the luggage top or outside compartment or pocket for easy identification.
Stash important papers and documents, including passports, tickets and credit cards, in a single closable file or envelope, KEEP them WITH YOU!
Bring a money belt to keep cash and travelers' checks safe, while you and your hands are occupied. Photocopy passports and other ID, and retain emergency numbers in case of loss or theft, and carry separately from originals.
Pack a carry-on bag with fragile, expensive or irreplaceable items, including prescription medications and the actual written documents; contact info; and eyeglasses, contact lens solution and case.
Handy extras include; a compact umbrella, digital camera, sewing kit, and collapsible bag to fill with treasures collected along the way or dirty laundry if your checked bag is overweight. It’s usually less expensive to check an additional bag, rather than pay the overweight bags charges. Luggage with wheels! Yeah!
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