by Kimberly Wan
If you are anything like me, you love to travel but hate the thought of having to pack all your prized possessions into an itty-bitty carry-on bag. What can I say, a girl needs options. Here are some tips for packing if you are flying overseas, or even if you are catching a flight to go a few states away.
1) Know your policies.
Airports are high-strung environments. With running from gate to gate, checking your bags and taking off your shoes while in line for security, you need to know all the ins and outs of navigating the airport in the least chaotic way. To speed through the lines for the TSA, know your policies. Some rules of thumb are to:
- Wear slip-on shoes, so you can just take them off and put them on the conveyor belt. Don’t forget to wear cute socks!
- If you are traveling for the holidays, don’t wrap your gifts! They might just open them before they reach their intended destination.
- You can bring 3.4 oz. bottles or less of liquids, as long as they fit in 1 quart-sized clear, plastic zip-up bag. 1 bag per passenger. If you are unsure about the amount of the liquid, just put it in your checked luggage.
On a lighter note, keep your ears open for any possible upgrades for your flight. Hint: dress for flying first class! Flight attendants are more likely to upgrade you even if you aren’t supposed to be in first class as long as you can blend in with the others. But of course, if it’s going to be a long flight, don’t sacrifice your comfort!
2) Pack the right shoes.
Not only are your shoe choices important for the sake of preserving your sanity at the security checkpoint, they are also crucial to how your entire trip unfolds. Shoe packing is always my weakness when it comes to the whole packing process; I always want to pack too many— a pair for my dressy outfit, a pair for casual days, a pair for exercising…try to limit your shoe collection to 2 pairs or maybe even 3 (if you must). Pack the lightest pairs in your suitcase, and wear the pair that would seem to take up more space. But whatever you do, do not bring a pair that you haven’t broken in yet; complaining about your blistering feet all the way up the climb to the top of Machu Picchu is not a cute look.
3) Know the local culture.
If you are flying overseas to a place that is not heavily populated by tourists, be aware of the culture you will be surrounded by, especially when it comes to clothing. I’m sure you do not want to be pegged as a tourist when you get there, but you must also show respect for the local culture. If you are unsure of what the customs are where you are traveling, err on the side of conservative. You don’t have to break out all your turtlenecks during this trip, but dress more modestly like wearing scarves to cover up lower-sitting tops or looser-yet-tailored pants (instead of skin-tight jeans or leggings as pants).
Have a blast on your trip, and be sure to soak it all in! Tweet us your getaway pictures @dewdropllc!