by Emma Leuman
It’s almost palpable, the way the entire campus seems to buzz collectively in anticipation of spring break. You begin daydreaming of getting out of the slush and into your sandals. The only thing in your way: the inevitable packing session.
It’s something has to be done, but is usually put off until the last minute in hopes that somehow your suitcase will magically be full by the time of your departure. Unfortunately this is too good to be true, but luckily there are a few ways to make the ordeal go more smoothly.
Travel light – Checking a bag on a flight can be costly, and let’s face it, you don’t need that much stuff anyway. A carry-on bag will reduce travel costs and the amount of things to unpack when you reach your destination. However, the size a carry-on bag can be differs from airline to airline, so make sure to check the guidelines for your flight before packing. Most airlines will let you bring an additional handbag or laptop case as well. Wherever possible, stuff items into each other. Accessories, bras and underwear can be packed into shoes to save space.
We all know that there are specific rules for how to pack liquids on a flight, but they’re just so difficult to remember. TSA recommends using a rule of 3-1-1. Liquids or gels should be in a container that can hold no more than 3.4 ounces. You are allowed to have a 1 quart size, clear plastic bag with a zip top filled with 3.4 ounce containers of liquid. When you put your carry-on bag through the screening machine, you must place one bag in the security bin in order to speed up the process. 3-1-1, see it’s not so hard.
- Side note: Using the hotel’s toiletries allows you to skip this step and spend less time worrying about properly packed liquids and more time worrying about how you’re going to survive a five hour flight without dying of boredom.
- Traveling Outfit – Wear an outfit with layers, so whether you’re hot or cold on the flight you can adjust to fit your needs. A cardigan or sweatshirt, like the Boy Meets Girl Coco Hoodie, over a pair of jeans will do the trick. This also keeps you covered in case there is a cold day over the course of your vacation. Wear shoes that you’ll be able to wear throughout the trip instead of packing them. You don’t need a separate outfit for the trip back, just wear this one again. It can’t be that dirty, right?
- Daytime Outfit – If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your swimsuit, don’t feel as if you need to pack a daytime outfit for every day of the vacation. Pack clothing with light materials, swishy sundresses and breezy cover-ups that will fold easily into your carry-on and meet your daytime needs over the course of your trip.
- Sundresses – The sundresses you packed earlier will also be able to work as evening outfits. By changing your makeup or shoes you’ll be able to turn one dress into two distinct looks. Dresses are also a smart packing choice because they are a one-piece outfit; you don’t need pants!
- Shoes – One pair of flip flops will suffice for a vacation, as well as a pair of neutral heels for a night out. Your carry-on can’t hold many more pairs of shoes, and you probably don’t need them either!
Makeup – You’re going to be spending a lot of time outside, so makeup isn’t the most practical thing to pack. A tube of mascara, a moisturizer with sunscreen, lip gloss and an eye shadow palette for evening will be enough
So basically, the message here is to only pack what you need. If you forget anything, you can always buy it at your destination. Using the space in your carry-on wisely will help you to save money, as well as the time that you would normally spend debating whether you really need to pack five pairs of jeans, just in case (Answer: you don’t).
By following the tips above, you’ll be able to pack a bag in no time without stress. It will almost be like magic.