About a year ago, an ad that I saw from a cotton fabric manufacturer showed that of a woman sitting on her luggage in the attempts of closing it. It is a familiar scene for most of us going on a trip. This is a classic case of over-packing.
While the ad is giving you a promise on having your clothes still looking perfect even with the strains and brutal treatment, chances of that happening are slim.
Hang On, Carry-On…
The TSA website is offering to make trips better and easier by adhering to the 3-1-1 rule for carry-ons which are:
- 3 ounce bottles or lesser (by volume);
- 1 quart-sized, plastic, clear, zip-top bag;
- 1 bag for every passenger placed in the screening bin.
To make security checks smoother and easier, do not deviate from the 3-1-1 rule unless they are for baby food that you have to bring on board with you. The TSA gives out crystal-clear information so just go to their official website if you want to know more.
Trip Tip: The airport of San Francisco has quart-sized bags ready at your disposal in the security line. But I personally wouldn’t rely on it and you shouldn’t too if you travel later during the day. Just bring your own instead.
Smart Idea: Bottled waters in the airport costs around 3 times more than those that are sold outside so if you are frugal, bring an empty plastic bottle and fill it after the security check point or when you’re on board the plane.
On my side, I prefer having these items as a carry-on:
- Smaller over-the-shoulder bag for easier access to necessities
- A larger backpack for everything else
What’s usually in my shoulder bag:
- – Wallet;
- – Documents;
- – Tickets or a print-out with e-tickets numbers;
- – Cell phone;
- – Pen and a notebook;
- – My itinerary for both ways;
- – Both wet and dry wipes;
- – Plastic bag with the TSA allowable amount of toiletries;
- – Lip balm;
- – Water (but drink it before reaching the security check point);
- – Mints.
Trip Tip: In the occasion that you need anything that might be urgent, have it within reach.
Smart Idea: Secure a note or information of your state of health from your treatment doctor and have it in your wallet so when the condition worsens, people who could assist you can easily locate it. Place it next to your cards especially with the insurance card plus the name and number of your treating specialist clearly marked.
In the backpack:
- – Magazine or a light paperback book;
- – Laptop;
- – Photo or video camera;
- – Change of clothes (it is essential as luggage get lost on flights);
- – Snack (nothing that’s crumbly or perishable),
Idea: Most women spend a lot of time preparing and finding the right swimsuit with the perfect fit. But your luggage may get delayed or lost and you might just have to get the first thing that’s on the gift shop.
Tip: Investing in items specifically designed for traveling like small portable hair straighteners or clothing irons can make your life a lot easier in the long run, especially if you travel more than 3 times a year. It’s worth it, take it from someone who’s on the road at least 2 months a year.
It would be ridiculously overpriced and it isn’t going to be the same as the perfect swim suit that was lost. So unless you are going to Europe or some other free-minded place where most clothing styles are embraced and accepted, have that precious item securely placed in your carry-on luggage.
Have a nice and light trip!