Ladies, we all know how overwhelming it can be to pack for a vacation, let alone a lengthy backpacking adventure halfway across the globe. It always begins the same way: an empty suitcase or backpack and a closet bulging with treasures of lace, silk and cotton.
These bags are also less likely to be noticed as being bulky at the airport because they're worn on the back or can be worn over the bag. Unfortunately, you'll most likely have to carry the duffel behind your shoulder at key points in the airport if you want it to make it on the plane.
Some travel items you can splurge on, some you can skimp on. (We learned this the hard way after having one too many cheap suitcases fall apart on us.) Here are our picks for the essential travel products that are worth spending a little bit more on.
There's no right or wrong bag, but certain types of bags definitely prove useful. And that's because there's all different sorts of travel functions they service. Making sure you've got several different types of bags on hand will pretty much ensure you'll be covered in any situation.
The first step in reigning in an overpacking habit is to set up some ground rules and goals. Packing, like any organizational activity, requires a game plan. You be the coach: Ask yourself what perfect packing means to you.
Confession: I used to travel with a baby-blue JanSport backpack that I'd had since sixth grade. It had highlighter doodles, it was thoroughly unfashionable, and once, an elderly man at the airport told me to stay in school and study hard (I was 24.)
Suitcases don't have this flexibility; a lot of the times I even just end up standing awkwardly on the escalator to the baggage claim because I can't be bothered to pick it up by the handle and haul it down the stairs. Stairs are not a suitcase's best friend.
The last thing you want to be doing on your relaxing vacation is to be on the hunt for bugs! So I am here to tell you how to, not only how to prevent them from disturbing your trip, but most importantly, how to prevent them from coming home with you!
If you're destined for a place where it's easier to buy a goat than a bottle of Purell, or where the locals think that "Samsonite" is the name of an American airline, find space next to your swimsuit for these essentials.
Even the most meticulous packer will occasionally leave something at home. From the inane to the important -- swimsuits to suits, and pajamas to, yes, even passports -- the items we forget don't have to define our vacation.
Believe it or not, despite my overpacking ways, I've become quite a packing ninja. I've packed up to eight days of summer clothes into a 21" suitcase that zipped effortlessly. Same goes for five days of winter clothes -- knits and layers considered!