Packing Tips

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How can I pack the least amount of clothing and still dress well?

Packing Light

When choosing your clothes for a trip, try to pick a few items that coordinate well with each other so you can mix and match for several different outfits.

How can I keep packed clothing free of wrinkles?

Wrinkle Free--Well Almost

To keep your clothes almost wrinkle free, try rolling them instead of folding. Folds shirts and blouses in half then roll around a paper towel tube. Smooth wrinkles as you roll.

Are birth control items easily available in most areas?

Condoms and Birth Control

Be sure to pack condoms or other birth control items when traveling. These might be difficult to obtain where you are going.

What´s a good rule of thumb for packing underwear?


Take a change of underwear for each day you expect to be gone plus 2 days. If traveling by air, carry a change of underwear in your purse, brief case or other carry on luggage. You never know when your luggage might be lost or you have an unexpected accident.

What should I be sure to keep with me when packing?

Items to Carry With You

When packing for a flight, some items should never be put in the cargo compartment. These include valuables, cash, credit cards, medicine, irreplaceable items, heirlooms, eyeglasses, glass containers and passports. These items should be carried with you.

How can I pack to use all the space in my suitcase?

Space Saving Idea

To take up less space, try tucking your underwear, socks, and stockings into paper towel tubes and then place the tubes along the edges of your suitcase.

How can I find good books to read when I'm travelling?

Treat Yourself to a Digital Reading Device

Have you ever found yourself on vacation without a bookstore handy, trying to get by on whatever you can pick up at a grocery store or news stand? If you're someplace where you don't speak the local language, this can become a real problem.

Without mentioning the obvious brand names, digital reading gadgets are the perfect travel companion. Even thrifty travelers will quickly find that the comfort and entertainment granted to them by an unlimited supply of reading matter - which weighs only a few ounces - is beyond compare. If you're stranded at an airport for hours on end, or if you can't sleep on a late-night flight, you have a magic library at your fingertips.

Some of the new generation of electronic reading devices have lit screens, which enable you to read on a dark plane without disturbing anyone with your reading light. (Airplane mode settings can shut down their communication function.) Furthermore, on long flights you may wish to try shifting position, and a lit screen allows you to hold the reading surface at any angle without worrying about having enough light to see the print.

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