by Rebecca Rosensweig
1. Always roll your clothes when packing, they’ll take up less space and it minimizes wrinkles.
2. Place clothes in your suitcase first, followed by shoes around the sides, and fill in the open spaces with cosmetics/shaving kit and other toiletries. Wear your heaviest/bulkiest shoes.
3. Keep your color scheme simple and use accent pieces if you want to add a complimentary colors, e.g., scarves for women, sweater or light vest/jacket for men.
4. If you wear glasses, bring a back-up pair, the same for contact lenses.
5. Bring travel packets of detergent for emergency spills so you can hand wash your clothes overnight. The hotel’s shower conditioner can be used if you forget your shave cream.
6. Place medications in your carry on luggage, along with a change of underclothing and a shirt.
7. Bring Eagle Creek Pak-It bags for bottles, laundry, etc. These are also good for keeping wet socks, underwear and bathing suits from getting your other clothing damp. www.EagleCreek.com.
8. If you enjoy reading books, but don’t want to carry extra weight, a Kindle, Nook or iPad are essentials.
9. If not limited to travel times, go in off-peak periods to take advantage of cheaper rates, discounts and savings. Many hotels, airlines and tourist sites offer reduced pricing during non-peak travel periods.
10. If you are over 50, join AARP for discounts on flights, car rentals, hotels, museums and many other items.
Rebecca Rosensweig, a meeting and event planner for Wells Fargo Bank, is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.