Packing is something we all must do when preparing for a trip, and many of us are making common errors during the process.
The tendency most of us have when packing for a trip is to throw everything in a case—just in case. A chance of rain and you’re stuffing in rubber boots; any possibility of downtime and you’ve packed your entire library. Then, you get to the airport only to have your bag be the one that’s checked and holds up everyone behind you. Don’t be that person. Here are mistakes you should avoid when packing for your trip.
- Items Prohibited by the TSA
TSA seems to be like Gandalf: standing in front of you and your destination and saying “YOU. SHALL NOT. PASS!” But they’re there to make sure we all stay safe. The TSA website has clear guidance about what’s allowed and what isn’t. Make sure your bag has none of their prohibited items.
- Nonessential Clothing
Coordinate your outfits so you can wear the same item more than once and so you can avoid packing multiple shoes to match. Example, pack two shirts for one pair of pants or shorts. If you have extra room, you can further divide these into daytime clothing and night-time clothing. Check to see if your destination has low-cost laundry so you can reduce your need for over-packing. Keeping it as simple as possible will make your trip through the airport that much better.
- Regular-Sized Toiletries
Full-sized bottles of shampoo and lotion are heavy, take up space, and, because of TSA guidelines, are actually not allowed in your carry-on bag. TSA-sized toiletries like toothpaste, shampoo, and lotions can be found at your local drug store.
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