I’m usually a spaz when it comes to packing for a vacation! I worry about what to take, what’s going to spill in my bag and what I’m undeniably going to forget. Normally, our family vacations are road trips…and we pack every inch of our SUV with gear. But every now and then we actually fly. On an airplane. Like, with suitcases.
I’m writing this post on packing tips as much for me, as for you dear reader. Let’s prevent future travel packing disasters. Here’s seven really great bits of advice I found while trying to not go crazy packing for vacation.
7 Packing Tips for Air Travel (from the experts–not me)
- Pack heavy items at the bottom of your suitcase–near the wheels. Any mom who’s done some STEM experiments know that we should use leverage to our advantage! (The Flight Attendant’s Guide to Packing Light)
- If your purse is small, pack it inside a tote to get more stuff on board. Airlines allow one carry-on bag and one “personal item.” That personal item can be a (small) tote bag, so long as it fits under the seat. Pack anything you might need during the flight in this tote–like snacks and toys. (Her Packing List)
- Pack electronics in a single layer. TSA might have to do a manual search if your devices are over lapping. Better yet, get a carry on bag with a TSA approved pocket for your devices! (ecbc)
- Bring a big scarf! You can use it as a wrap, a beach cover or a pop of color to change up your wardrobe. (Marie Claire)
- Traveling with a baby? Use overnight diapers! You’ll get more mileage from overnight diapers and hopefully avoid a mid-flight diaper change. (Flying with Baby)
- Use a backpack for you or your kid’s carry-on. And not the same superhero bag your kid takes to school–unless your kid is going to use it as their personal item. You want to take advantage off all the space they let you have! Wear the backpack in the airport so you can keep one hand on your other carry-on and still have a hand free for your child. (Family Travel Tips)
- Use a “packing cube” to sort and compress clothes. You can use zip lock bags or specially made cubes, but the idea is the same–keep outfits together by placing them in bags. Also excellent for two people who are sharing a suitcase. (Mom Trends)
My New Carry On Backpack
Whew! Think I got a handle on my packing now! My partners at ecbc are helping me out by giving me one of their TSA approved backpacks, the Hercules laptop backpack, to review. Not only is this thing water-proof and dang near indestructible, it’s made with tech toting travelers in mind–which is pretty much everyone these days! It has special compartments for my laptop and ipad, my phone and all the cords. There’s also pockets for a water bottle, pens, boarding pass, snacks…oh yeah, and a couple changes of clothes! When I get to the TSA checkpoint, I just have to unzip the laptop compartment–which allows the bag to lay flat–and let it ride through the x-ray machine. The pockets are designed so the devices won’t overlap, so security can clearly see my electronics without me having to unpack them. Genius, huh?
Plus, since it’s a backpack, I can keep my hands free while we wander around the airport looking for our connecting flight. I’ll post an update later to let you know if the Hercules lived up to it’s name! If you want to get your hands on one now, check out ecbc’s site here. (NOT an affiliate link, just info for you!)