Light & Save: Luggage Packing Tips That’ll Save You Money On Your Next VacationPublished by on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm.
Gone are the days when one could generously pack for a trip. Thanks to ever-rising fuel prices, most airline companies have been forced to charge for any bags checked-in. So how do you keep from paying an extra $30-$50 round-trip for checking-in one bag of luggage?
Tackle the pay-per-bag blues by learning to pack the all-inclusive carry-on bag. Here are three timeless tips to help you become a resourceful packer:
- Liquid Love
The Transportation Security Administration’s regulations for liquids can be confusing. Many stores like Target sell name-brand products that are regulation size—making your job that much easier. If you’re not picky about your products, consider using hotel-provided goods. If you are, try buying 3 oz. bottles and fill them up.
- List It
A packing list has two purposes: To remind you to take necessities you might otherwise forget and to separate the “wants” from the “needs.” This should be a “base” list that can be used as a packing guide for many trips.
- Clothing Lure
There’s no room for “possible” outfits, or “alternative” accessories on carry-on’s. Simplify your life by taking only what you will wear, and leave room for what you might buy to bring back home.
—Tracey Calvo Clarke