I love the rush of finalizing travel plans!
Over the weekend I was able to confirm that May will be a hub of activity with two back-to-back adventures. A little bit of West Coast, a little bit of East Coast – hell, a little bit of Western Europe to add to the mix would be fab… but I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.
Once the initial excitement tones down, the daunting task of packing becomes a reality. I love my pieces and my products, but for some reason I cringe at the thought of systematically weeding through everything. I don’t know about you, but I hate packing. I love planning, researching, booking, going, and documenting - but dread packing.
So I’ve decided to challenge myself to not only stick to a capsule wardrobe, but… dare I say… only taking carry-on luggage. I am open to tips & suggestions for those of you that are savvy travelers. My most shinning moment is scaling things down to an overflowing tote bag and not exceeding 50 lbs at check-in!
Recently I was giving the opportunity to try out a new travel accessory called Train Reaction, or TR Device.
What It Does:
The ability to roll two pieces of luggage with one hand so that it frees up the other for on-the-go travel convenience.
- Plastic device weighs 3 oz
- Carry up to 100 lbs
- Price point $14.95
- Made in USA
I was just thumbing through the latest issue of Westways Magazine and spotted an article entitled, “Luggage Lessons” by Laura Daily.
A few days ago I replied to a Tweet from Sarah Waxler (@TravelLeaderRDU), a travel agent from North Carolina, about never experiencing the horror of lost luggage. When I spotted this article, I figured I should bone up incase my Irish luck runs out.
Packing List Cheat Sheet
What’s a girl on-the-go to do! Save yourself the drama and give yourself some piece of mind by packing with a cheat sheet of sorts.
It may not be for everyone, but I find it’s a great go-to when you’re pulling together everything from outfits to toiletries to jewelery. OCD is up to you and I’m not listing every last item. Really, what I’ve put together are a wide range of categories that would suit a variety of destinations. When I haul out my suitcase and stare at my closet cursing under my breath about how much I hate packing, it’s a bit of a relief to know that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Give yourself a break; this is a great way to organize your thoughts.
We’ve all been there….up all night finishing your packing and trying to negotiate with your hand-held luggage scale trying to figure out where you can skimp and save on the extra pounds.
Several airlines have increased their check-in baggage fees and many other airlines may follow suit. So many of us savvy travelers are trying to beat the system. Is your carry-on brimming with personal effects? Are you wearing all of your heaviest items (i.e., coat, boots, etc)? There may be a principle to uphold here, and I’m all for saving money, but you know what….maybe it’s worth paying the extra $10 or $15.
Depending on how you pack, the extra juggle may not be a big deal. But for most of us, it may be a small price to pay in the scheme of things so you don’t have to muscle all your stuff and keep an eye on it all throughout your journey. Last time I checked, planes are crowded, narrow, and personal space is at a premium.