Everyone has an idea about packing. I am always looking for the lightest suitcase so that I can bring more with me. My husband and I travel between California and France at least twice a year. If you read my blog, you know that one of my sons lives in France. Everything time I go to see him and his family, I bring “stuff” for them along with my clothes and my “stuff”. Let me know if you have some good packing tips that I am overlooking.
I chose REI because if they fail, this company will take the bags back and give me a new suit case in exchange. However, I love the idea of the hard shell cases since they seem to be very light and some of them come in great colors.
2. Cell phones and iPads; I find myself traveling without my favorite camera more often because of my cell phone. Most of the time, I bring a good camera as well as my mini iPad. I always take a picture or two of my packed suitcases so that if they gets lost, I will have a picture of it to give to the Airline’s lost and found.
3. I am a list person. This way, I don’t have to think about what I might forget. My lists are flexible and ever changing but I always use one. I also figure that if my bags gets lost, I will have the list of what was in it with me. http://www.luggageontheweb.com/travel-tips.html
4. Suitcase organization; I like bags that have some internal pockets and I always try to remember to put a few plastic bags in. (Remember to add this to my list!) The empty bags are good for wet bathing suits, shoes and dirty laundry. I also use the plastic bags for items like salt and olive oil that I might be bringing home. I roll my clothes since I am under the impression that this saves space and then I will have space for gifts. I have successfully brought home wine, mustard and pickles by putting the bottles in 2 plastic baggies and rolling my jeans around the bottles.
5. Global Entry Program; If you travel out of the US at least 1-2 times a year, this is a marvelous time saver. It costs $100 for 5 years. Those who are approved for the program can re-enter the US by using a kiosk at the entry airport. The kiosk reads the traveler’s passport or green card as well as finger prints. Basically, there is limited or no waiting at immigration. http://www.us-immigration.com/us-immigration-news/uscis/uscis-global-entry-program-for-trusted-travelers/?gclid=CJO9w9–xb0CFVJffgoduVgACA
6. Weigh your bag before you leave home; We also use a mini scale to make sure that we haven’t gone over the limits for luggage. I bring the scale with me so for the return trip. If I need to bring a second bag, I pay for it online before leaving home since that is less expensive than paying at the airport.