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Tips for Easier Packing

Aug 02, 2016
Melissa Hincha-Ownby

sleeping bags and ziploc space bags in their box 

I love to travel and my family is fortunate to get out of town several times a year. Over the years, I’ve learned what does and doesn’t work for my family. Now I have a more refined packing process that I’m proud to say results in fewer checked bag charges, no overweight suitcase fees so far, and more time spent enjoying our vacation than worrying about how we’re going to repack everything for the trip home. Here are my top tips:

Avoid over packing

When I was first tasked with packing for family vacations over a decade ago, I consistently over packed. I went through a bevy of “what if?” situations and brought along a solution to everything, even if it wasn’t likely to happen! I used to pack jackets for everyone, even on warm-weather destinations. Now, I pack layers of clothing so we can all easily add or subtract clothing depending on the weather. For example, in the summer a single long-sleeved t-shirt worn over a short-sleeve t-shirt is often sufficient to ward off any unexpected cool weather. If a worst-case scenario happens and it turns out you need heavier clothing, unless you’re vacationing off the grid, you should be able to pick up any essentials or emergency items at your destination.

Another way I’ve learned to avoid over packing is by using Ziploc® Space Bag® Large Dual-Use Bags. I love that I can either use a vacuum cleaner or simply roll the extra air out from these bags, as I don’t often have access to an air vacuum while on vacation. By reducing the physical space that our clothing takes, we reduce the need for additional suitcases and have eliminated extra baggage charges.

Ziploc Space Saver Bags

Avoiding messes

There’s nothing worse than opening up your suitcase at your destination to discover that the sunscreen opened up and your clothes are covered in lotion. I pack every liquid in an appropriately sized Ziploc® Brand Bags. If something opens up during the flight, it only gets on the other items in the bag, which can usually be rinsed off in the sink at the hotel.

Protecting travel documents

With heightened security requirements at airports across the country and the world, there is the need for more travel documentation. In order to get past security at your local airport you typically need to show photo identification and a boarding pass. If traveling abroad, you will need additional documents including a passport and potentially a visa. You do not want anything to damage these documents, so instead of just putting everyone’s passport and boarding passes in my travel bag, I put everything in a Ziploc® Brand Bags first. This not only protects the documents, but it also keeps everything in an easy-to-locate place inside of my carryon bag.

As you can see, I’ve implemented Ziploc® products in a variety of ways.

What tricks have you found to improve your travels?

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hincha-Ownby.

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