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No one wants the stress of not having what they need when they get to their destination. If one forgets an essential item they have to scramble to figure out an alternative or the nearest store to find a replacement. This is not always easy when you are at the beach or in the jungle! Packing is definitely a skill and one can always use some tips or a refresher course. As I am about to pack right now, I welcome any attempts to ease the pain. If only unpacking was as easy too!

Enjoy a few basic packing tips for your next adventure.

1. Roll it

Many travel experts especially backpackers in insist that rolling allows them to stuff a months’ worth of clothing into a pack the size of a shoebox. I prefer luxury luggage myself. Test what works for you. Some like to roll loosely and some tightly. Of course tightly rolled clothes take up less space. Plus, they’re less prone to getting deep wrinkles from fold creases.

2. Make A List

When it comes to packing, procrastinators fall short. Start your packing process days or even weeks ahead of your departure date; this gives you time to craft a complete list, plus purchase any additional items you might need for your vacation. Creating a packing list is a fail-safe way to ensure that you never, ever forget to bring something important.

3. Know your airline’s baggage policy

Figuring out the airlines’ tricky and befuddling baggage-fee policies is key to any budget-minded packing strategy. While most airlines permit travelers to check at least one bag on international flights, the majority of U.S. carriers charge big bucks for bags checked on domestic flights. Spirit Airlines—that notoriously customer-unfriendly discounter—even charges as much as $100 for carry-on bags.

4.  Pick the Right Luggage

Always look for 4 wheels.  I promise you on the long flight days you will need it to get around and weave through crowded airports.  You can find many of the four-wheeled variety at Bags to Go. Then you can also search for the perfect size and color too!

5.  Pack what you need

Notice I said need.  See my photo above.  Well that may not be what you need, but it all comes in very handy for me.  The number one rule is don’t take too much or too little.  Yes I know that is tricky!