Liz Staley's Packing Tips & Tricks

Liz Staley's Packing Tips & Tricks

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Jenna Flessel

Liz Staley, travel consultant at AAA Clarence, is an expert packer! Here, she shares some of her best so you can pack effectively for your next getaway. Don’t forget to talk to your travel agent, they can help guide you in your packing! Re-check your itinerary, list, and anticipated weather to make sure you’re not missing anything.

 

CHECK THE WEATHER

•    Check the weather at your destination for your travel dates. If the temperatures are expected to fluctuate, plan to wear layers, not multiple outfits in the same day.
•    If you are going somewhere warm, dress light with an option for a cover up (sweater, light jacket).
•    If the climate at home is different, make sure you bring proper clothing for your trip home.

 

KNOW YOUR DESTINATION

•Your choice of footwear will be dictated by your destination. Do not bring flip flops as your only option. Always bring a comfortable walking shoe for tours, etc.
•    From Alaska to the Caribbean, a cruise will always warrant bringing a swimsuit.

 

PLAN IT OUT BEFORE YOU PACK

•    Double check your itinerary. A 4-night stay is 5 days of travel and a 7-night cruise is 8 days of travel.  
•    Make a list of everything you need, including outfits. List your toiletries, medications, and any special requirements. 
•    STICK TO YOUR LIST! It’s easy to get carried away, but stick to your plan to avoid over packing.

 

PACK EFFECTIVELY

•    A carry-on bag (22” domestic and 20” international including wheels) is free on most airlines, along with one personal bag per seat purchased. 
•    Carry all valuables and medications WITH YOU in your carry-on bag, not in checked luggage.
•    Roll your clothes to eliminate wrinkles.
•    Use packing cubes to keep your clothes compact and secure in your suitcase.
•    Use pouches for toiletries, jewelry, and electronics to keep the inside of your suitcase well-organized. 
•    Plan extra space for souvenirs or duty-free purchases at the airport.
•    Medical devices, such as a C-PAP machine, will not count towards your baggage allowance. 

 

REMEMBER THE 3-1-1 RULE

•    3 oz. containers of fluids, 1 quart-sized clear bag, 1 bag per passenger.
•    Prescription medications can be placed in their own clear plastic bags as long as the prescription label is on the bottle. 
•    Basic medications, like ibuprofen or allergy pills, do not need prescription labels.

 

WHILE TRAVELING & COMING HOME

•    Keep your passport and a pen handy on all flights.
•    Use packing cubes to separate dirty and clean clothes.
•    Save your receipts for customs, but also in case something goes missing on your trip. I recommend using a small pouch to keep all receipts from your trip.