Travel Trauma: How to Win when Flight Delays are Inevitable
Author: Bill May
When Flying has You Crying: 10 Packing Tips to Avoid Travel Trauma
Endless airline restrictions, inevitable delays, terminals that stretch from one zip code to another: everyone knows that when traveling, your blood pressure can skyrocket as high as a jetliner. Add to that the chance that you may get stuck overnight in some obscure airport on a layover gone awry, and it’s a wonder that anyone who travels frequently doesn’t suffer daily panic attacks.
Although there are always factors that are out of our hands (think weather and mechanical problems), one that you have complete control over is what you bring with you. Here are 10 packing tips sure to make your next trip a more enjoyable one.
Invest in the right suitcase. If you haven’t purchased luggage in the last several years, it’s time to consider how new flight regulations affect what you carry. Since no one wants to pay $25 for a checked bag, it’s worth it to buy a carry-on that can act as your sole piece of luggage.
Prepare a packing plan. Invest an extra 10 minutes of planning time at the front end. Think about all the activities you’re sure will happen and pack for those, rather than the ones you’re unsure about. Plan out each day, check the weather at your destination, and make sure you pack extra Ziploc bags-- because they’re see-thru, they ease the hassle of security.
Remember, less is more. Lay out all the clothes you’re going to take on the bed before you pack. Then, strip away 3 items. The majority of us overpack. Limit yourself!
Try rolling your casual clothes. T-shirts, tank tops, pajamas-- you’ll take up less room in your bag if you roll them.
A laundry bag is a must. This makes it easy to remember what’s clean and what’s dirty. Toss a sachet or dryer sheet in there to keep clothes smelling fresh.
Consider your footwear. Women on business trips may favor heels, which can be completely impractical when dashing across concourses. Instead, keep a pair of foldable flats in your handbag for a quick switch-out.
Your boots are made for walkin’. If you’re bringing boots…then wear the boots instead of packing them, and plan on wearing them home. They take up mucho space in a carry-on, making them impractical to pack. Trust us, it’s easier to take them off at security then allow them to take up valuable space.
Wrinkle-free fabrics are your friend. Who wants to iron at your destination? Consider what clothes are made out of when choosing what to take. Many companies now use innovative, technical fabrics that work at any business meeting.
Don’t leave behind electronics. Often, they’re the last items we pack, and are therefore likely to be forgotten. They’re also the items we need the most. In addition, don’t forget everything you need to juice them.
Know your airline luggage rules. Remember, if you haven’t traveled in a while, your suitcase may be outdated and no longer adhere to maximum weight and dimension regulations.
Still sound overwhelming? If you want to really simplify your trip, check out a carry-on that does the actual thinking for you, like the 22” Carry-on from Genius Pack. This baby even makes getting snowed in at O’Hare manageable. Highlights include:
- Laundry Compression Technology. This unique, patent-pending system is what truly sets the bag apart from others. It begins with an exterior laundry chute you can use to stash your dirty clothes (and never have them touch your clean ones, since it’s stored in its own designated compartment inside). You can then roll up the bag, forcing air out of the hole so it now takes up minimal space (and leaves room for those souvenirs you picked up). When you return home, simply remove the bag to take to the cleaners!
- Portable mobile charger built into the bag. Show of hands: how many of you have forgotten a power cord at home or left it behind in a hotel room? This bag’s charging system allows you to juice up directly from your carry-on (also especially convenient when there are delays and it’s impossible to find an outlet for your dead phone).
- Pop-out umbrella. Starting to monsoon and you need to dash from your flight to a meeting? No problem when you have a micro-travel umbrella conveniently stashed in the top of your luggage.
- A loud sound mini speaker integrated into the luggage. No more straining to hear tunes from your iPhone; this little guy provides a perfect soundtrack for your hotel room.
- Labeled compartments designed for every packing need. There’s even a removable toiletry kit.
- Tons more thoughtful details, such as: magazine and water bottle access, 4-wheel spinner and jacket wrap. Plus, the Genius Pack 22" is capable of being expanded by 2”.