I love to travel. I am also prone to making lists. Grocery lists, to do lists. And packing lists. Planning what I am going to pack has allowed me to take week long cruises without ever having to check my luggage. There are a lot of packing tips for flying and the best travel packing tips can save you space, money and inconvenience.
The most important packing tips for flying relate to what liquids you can and cannot bring on the plane. While FAA and government regulations may change, carry on liquids are usually limited to three ounce containers and they all have to fit into a quart size bag. These regulations are not only inflexible, security personnel will confiscate items that do not meet regulations. This can be a challenge if you are taking a longer trip. Consider your destination when choosing what liquids to pack. Are you going to be staying with someone whose shampoo and toothpaste you can use? If so, you can save valuable packing space. It also helps to keep carry on liquids easily accessible in your luggage. Airport checkpoints require passengers to remove them from luggage for scanning and you do not want to worry about digging through your suitcase while other passengers are waiting behind you. The FAA website usually has the latest on regulations additional liquid packing travel tips.
Packing tips for flying can also help you decide what clothes you bring on your trip. One travel tip I got from my mom is to roll my clothes when I pack. They tend to take up less space. It also tends to cut down on wrinkled clothing. But some fabrics will wrinkle anyway. Linen and silk are two of the worst so unless you have access to an iron, consider leaving them home. Other packing tips for flying with limited luggage space involve planning out clothes ahead of time. With limited space, I try to minimize the number of shoes I have to bring. For example, if I am bringing a pair of black shoes, I try to avoid packing clothes that only match brown shoes. Better yet, I try to pack a neutral pair of shoes that match everything. With just a few simple packing tips for flying, or any form of travel, you can make sure you have safe, enjoyable trip and avoid some of the hassles of security checkpoints and checking baggage.