I am a packing BOSS! Now, I understand that there are about a million and one bloggers who have created packing lists, so I’m not really going to do that. And right up front, I want to assure you that nobody is paying me anything to write this stuff. (I haven’t even yet figured out HOW to get anyone to pay me anything for blogging – but that’s another story.)
I did want to share that as hubs and I have been doing more wandering on the Voyage, I have been studying up, and here is one thing I have seen over and over again:
Checked Luggage = Lost Luggage!
Maybe not this time, maybe not next time…but eventually. And so I have learned how to use packing cubes and envelopes to enable us to travel anywhere for at least 10 days in a 22 inch carry-on suitcase and a backpack. We’ll be leaving on Monday for Hawaii, and we’ll only be taking carry-on items.
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It starts out by using the Eagle Creek Pack-It system. Again, Eagle Creek has no idea I feel this way. I wish they did, as I’d be a great sales rep! Here’s one thing I’ve learned:
Clothing Wrinkles When It Moves
In a suitcase that is. Eagle Creek Packing Cubes and the Envelope make it easy to compress a whole bunch of clothes into a very small space. These are the pieces we’ll use. With the envelope up top, you use a folding board and can compress at least 10 – 16 tops, skirts, dresses, shorts or pants into a six-inch thick bundle (seriously…I’ve done it!) the beautiful thing is, the clothing travels well, with minimal wrinkles. Each evening, I hang tomorrow’s items, and by morning, they’re perfect.
The medium packing cubes let me roll knit skirts, pajamas, and palazzo pants into a small compressed bundle. Swimsuits and all that stuff will go in another cube. The smallest cubes are perfect for underwear. There is nothing better than having the hubs know exactly where to find his stuff, with no rooting around in a suitcase! We use the tiniest cubes for electronic chargers, etc.
Each of us has TSA approved travel kits, which are always packed with the liquids that we need when traveling. (In between trips, all I do is refill the shampoo bottle!) It’s pretty much “grab and go.”
And then there’s this little baby. I call it my “anything you need kit.” While I swore that I wouldn’t give you a packing list, you could probably fix your car with less than is in this little pouch. It holds everything from superglue and Velcro to toothpicks and teabags. It has a mini-lint roller, band-aids, eye drops, laundry detergent and wet wipes. And a whole bunch of other tiny, but very useful things! It’s saved us on many occasions.
How it all fits together is dependent upon whether or not we’re TSA Pre-checked. Our electronic readers and tablets go in the backpacks so we can access them easily. I always wear a large scarf or pashmina. It can serve as a blanket on a cold airplane, can be a swimsuit cover-up, a shawl, or even a throw for a picnic. (Ummmm….and I always put the heaviest stuff in hub’s backpack.) There are always quart and gallon sized zip lock bags in my suitcase – perfect if you have a damp swimsuit or need to make an ice pack! And lastly, copies of all important travel documents and information, including passports, emergency credit card numbers and prescriptions are stored safely in a cloud account (we use One Note) – so that we can access them from any computer.
So that’s how we roll. Does anybody have any other great tips to share? I’d love to hear! And Eagle Creek, if you’re trying to get hold of me in the next couple of weeks, I’ll be on a beach in Hawaii!