Travel Packing Tips

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Packing well for a trip can be just as important as choosing the right destination. Forgetting key items on vacation can be a nightmare, and depending on the type of trip, replacing those items can be expensive and difficult. Following is a list of travel packing tips, including what to pack for a trip and the best methods for packing. And, always remember the #1 packing tip from travel experts: pack light.

General Packing Tips

  • Check the weather forecast for your destination, as well as local customs for clothing guidelines when deciding what to pack for a trip.

  • Take along plastic bags for laundry, wet swimsuits or dirty shoes.

  • Bring an empty, soft bag for souvenirs, and leave a little extra room in your luggage.

  • If you purchased travel insurance for this trip, remember to pack your Policy/Description of Coverage with your other important documents, so you have the insurance details and contact information on hand in case you need assistance.

  • We recommend that you print this vacation packing list so you don't forget anything, and, since cruise vacations are a bit different than other trips, here’s a cruise packing list.

How to Pack a Suitcase

  • Pack heavy items, such as shoes and toiletry kits, before the more delicate ones. Place them along the suitcase's spine to balance weight at the bottom.

  • Roll your clothes rather than folding them.

  • Stuff socks, rolled-up belts and other small items into shoes to save space.

  • To reduce wrinkling, turn jackets inside out and fold them in half with tissue paper or dry-cleaning bags. Layering plastic bags or tissue between clothes also helps prevent wrinkles.

  • Line the bottom of your suitcase with your trousers and let the legs hang over the outside edge of the suitcase. Then pack the rest of your travel gear with the lighter materials on top. Wrap trouser legs over the pile; they'll keep their crease.

Packing Tips for Flying

  • The TSA website details what items can be carried on or checked.

  • Check with your airline regarding what you can carry on the plane as rules and regulations change.

  • Pack important medications, documents and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag, just in case your luggage is lost or delayed. Many travel insurance policies include coverage that can be helpful if baggage is lost or delayed, including plans offered by Generali Global Assistance.

If you run through these travel packing tips before your next trip, you should be well on your way to a breezy vacation with much less hassle.

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