Packing smart for trips

Friday, February 24, 2012

With spring around the corner (maybe) and spring breaks and travel in store for parents and students alike, a great trip could be in the bag if you follow a few packing tips. That's the advice from experts who say that as bringing luggage on planes becomes increasingly costly, packing light could save you money. But it could save you time, hassle and valuable space, too - something that's important whether you're flying, driving, or taking a ship or a train. *Plan Ahead Think about the activities your trip will entail and make a list of what you will need for each event. Then review the list, looking for multiple items that can be replaced with just one item. For instance, select clothes in the same or coordinating color families, packing more tops than bottoms. *Roll With It An old backpacker secret - rolling clothes can work wonders and save space. Lay the item you're rolling face down, fold back the sleeves and then roll from the bottom up. You can also fold two or more items together. *Dress Smart Bringing the right type of clothing can save space as well. Wrinkle-free clothing, so it can be rolled up in a ball, packed in a suitcase or thrown in a carry-on, is the way to go. When you arrive at your destination and are ready to wear it, just shake the clothing out. No ironing needed. *Know The Rules Check the Transportation Security Administration Web site (www.tsa.gov) before flying. Knowing the rules surrounding carry-on and checked baggage can help you speed through security. Also, stock up on plenty of three-ounce plastic containers before leaving home. That way, you can store any liquids or gels that you might want to carry on the plane. Oh, and have a great trip!