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  The Right Way to Pack for Travel  
 

Lay out what you think you’ll need, then edit ruthlessly...

Fully get rid of the ’just in case I need it’ category.  If and when you need it, you can buy it!

Do the clothing countdown...

Limit yourself to no more than five sets of socks, and underwear, four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes and one hat.  The list can be modified to suit your needs, with a swimsuit and exercise gear or a suit jacket and dress thrown in, depending on the trip.

If you are going to be gone longer than a week, make time to do laundry.

Keep liquids in easy reach...

Toiletries should always be placed on top in a clear bag since you never know when TSA might be interested in looking.

Don’t unpack your kit...

Keep a separate toiletry kit for traveling.  This save time that would otherwise be spent unpacking and repacking every day use items.  A second set of bathroom products also ensures that you don’t leave behind a toothbrush or contact lens case that you might use the morning of takeoff.  Keep these items in a small punch or box in the corner of a cabinet or drawer for easy access when packing for a trip.

Make a checklist...

Create a master check list of general items needed on any trip.  Don’t forget to add your passport, visas, credit cards, driver’s license, etc. to your list.