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Packing Tips

Air Travel Packing Tips… 

Baggage Allowance

Look up your airline’s baggage policies. Know how much your luggage can weigh, what size limits the airline has, and double check bag fees before packing. Remember that there are restrictions for what you can and can’t have in your carry-on—look up the policies for your route/airline.

Packing Checklist

Make a packing list of everything you need to bring with you 2 weeks before your departure. This gives you ample time to make any necessary purchases. Remember that, depending on your destination, you can usually purchase items such as toiletries upon arrival—this will alleviate some room and weight in your baggage.

Roll Your Clothes and Bag Them

Roll your clothes instead of folding them. This saves a significant amount of room and can keep certain fabrics from wrinkling. Putting your rolled clothes in ziplock bags or cubes also helps save space and keeps your clothes organized. You can even pack by outfit by putting Monday’s outfit in one ziplock bag, Tuesday’s outfit in another, etc. This helps reduce the time figuring out what to wear each day, especially if you’re on a short trip or moving frequently and don’t plan to completely unpack your bag.

Put Your Valuables in Your Carry-on

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Be sure to keep your valuables close to you while traveling. Put any medication, jewelry, and electronics in your carry-on bag. And if you’re traveling with sports equipment or any other type of valuable equipment that is too big to fit in the cabin, be sure to talk with the airline about handling the items with special care.

International Travel Tips…

Valid Passport and Copies

Double and triple check at least 4 weeks before your departure that your passport is valid for 6 months from the date of arrival at your destination. If it’s not, you can be denied entry into a different country. You don’t want to get off a long flight only to be sent back home!

Make 2 colored copies of your passport. Give one to an emergency contact that is not traveling with you, and take one with you. Once you arrive to your destination, store the copy in a room safe if you have one or hide it somewhere in your room. Carry your original passport with you.

Inform Your Bank

Let your bank and credit card company/s know the dates and location/s you’ll be traveling so they don’t lock your account for charges outside of your country or city. Even if you’re traveling domestically, your bank may lock your account for unusual activity if you don’t inform them of your travels.


Carry any emergency phone numbers with you on a piece of paper. Given that we rely heavily on our mobile phones, having important numbers on a piece of paper may save you if you don’t have service or your phone is stolen. Also, be sure to review how to call the police or a hospital when traveling internationally. Remember, not every country has the same emergency numbers as yours. Click here for other tips for handling emergencies while traveling.

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Packing Tips