Simple tips to improve and simplify your travel packaging

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It doesn’t matter if you are packing for a long or short trip, whether for business or pleasure, one way to save time is to make and use a list. Using a list, it will be easy to check off all of the items to ensure that nothing is left out and that all items are absolutely necessary. Include the list in your luggage as a handy guide so you don’t forget things when repacking.

When deciding what clothes to pack, mixing and matching the clothes saves space and tends to reduce the number of outfits actually needed. If possible, choose a pair or two of shoes that coordinate with the majority of outfits.

Another important rule of thumb is not to be fooled by the myriad of travel gadgets. Not only do a lot of them not perform well, they take up packaging space. A simple rule to consider is this: If it’s not a smaller version of something that you absolutely can’t do without on the road, don’t pack it. Clear and unique luggage tags are of the utmost importance in travel. A unique tag makes it easier to spot your luggage on busy and fast carousels when tired after a long-haul flight.

Scanning important data such as passport, ID photos, paper tickets and other travel documents into an email account like Yahoo or Hotmail can be very useful and easily accessible when needed. It is also helpful to include loss reporting numbers for cell phones, credit cards, traveller’s checks, and your travel insurance policy. When packing these items, divide them among the bags and do not put all of them, especially cash, in your carry-on baggage.

Wrapping clothes in easy-to-open plastic bags, organizing them either by outfit or by item such as socks, underwear, etc. optimizes space and facilitates baggage inspection. If you are traveling with other people, distributing a bagged outfit for each person among the bags in your group avoids baggage arrival accidents. Plastic bags should be used for personal care items, as these items are contained in small, legal sized containers and clearly labeled. Buying many of these travel size items will save you inspection time as well as valuable space.

Travel and health insurance is definitely a must. Some companies include medical coverage with travel insurance to provide emergency medical care, medical consultations, treatment, and access to prescription drug referrals. Travel insurance also offers protection in the event of lost tickets, flight delays and any accidents on public transport. Make sure you find the most acceptable coverage for your needs and have a safe trip.

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