This blog is for families who love to travel. Whether you're a new parent who is planning that first family adventure, a globetrotter seeking a unique experience, or a grandparent wanting to spend quality time with the younger generation, here you will find the latest family travel news and insider tips.
April 15, 2013
Pack Like a Pro
week I attended a local travel professionals meeting, which included a
presentation on how to pack for a trip.Though everyone in the room was a seasoned professional, one of our
associates has packing down to a science, and we all took away some good tips.
are my notes on the tips I found most helpful:
first thing I noticed was a brightly colored, wide, elastic sleeve, called a luggage hugger, around her
roller bag.This served two
purposes:luggage identification, and a
backup to the zipper, in case it broke during travel.
recommended vacuum bags to maximize storage, but pointed out to get the ones
where you roll the bag, not vacuum
it out, as you probably won’t have access to a vacuum at your destination, or a
vacuum with the proper hose attachment.
cubes can turn your suitcase into a “chest of drawers.” Use separate ones for
shirts, pants, undergarments, toiletries, first aid supplies, and then you’ll
never hunt for items again. These are especially good for trips where you are
moving from hotel to hotel frequently. I am terrible about throwing all our
clothes haphazardly into our suitcases when changing hotels, and then having to dig through them to find what I need. So I intend to
invest in a set for our upcoming trip to Alaska, which is going to involve a lot of moving
cruising, or other trips where you only have to unpack & repack once, arolling garment bag is ideal because it can hold suits and dresses without
sided duffel bags are good for destinations like Africa where you have to cram
bags into small planes.
Clothes wrinkle when they slide in suitcases, so don’t pack them in plastic dry
cleaning bags.Eagle Creek has a great packing system to help fold clothes neatly & compactly, and keep them from wrinkling.
If traveling by train, a cable lock is handy for securing larger luggage which has to be stored in racks away from your seats.
And both of us never go anywhere without our travel power cord, as hotel rooms never have enough outlets for all our phones & electronics. Note that you can't just take any power strip from home when traveling internationally, you need to buy one that is dual-voltage. Mine has three regular outlets and 1 USB outlet. For domestic travel I also have a nightlight with 3 outlets.
Here are websites where you can purchase travel clothing and accessories: