Lugging Around: Packing Tips

Airlines have been making travel more and more difficult by adding onto the list of rules – whether it be the weight limit or paying $25 for the first bag (each way). Knowledge That Travels is here to take a load off your shoulders (and bags)! Here are five easy ways to alleviate the stress of packing and lugging around your belongings.

1. Weight limit
Depending on what airline you will be traveling with, there are certain limitations as to how much your luggage can weigh and if there is even a fee to check the first bag. Short-Haul flights on Aerlingus (From Ireland to Spain) allow 20kgs (44lbs) whereas Long-Haul (From Ireland to USA) on Aerlingus allow 1 bag per passenger under 23kgs (50lbs) free of charge. When traveling within the country, airlines range with their weight limitation and the first bag is not always free. Bags can be charged up to $25, with weight limitations of up to 50 lbs. If you’d like to carry-on your bag, make sure that you are following the airlines guidelines. The policy for carry on ranges drastically. If you are traveling with Aerlingus, bags cannot exceed 22lbs and the dimensions 22in (55cm) x 16in (40cm) x 8in. (20cm) If you are traveling with JetBlue, bags cannot exceed lbs and 24 in (60.9 cm) length x 16 in (40.64 cm) width x 10 inches (25.4 cm) height.

2. Pack lightly
Less is more! Whether you’re bathing in the sun of Miami or dressing up for the New York City nightlife, you can pack lightly for your trip. Keeping in mind the limitations you have, the following would be a perfect way to pack:

  • Shoes: One pair of dress, one pair of walking, and one pair of casual.
  • Key items that are easy to pair: plain shirts and sweaters, khakis, black pants and a pair of jeans.
  • Two outfits for formal occasions.

Depending on the reason for your vacation, think about what you “need” and “want”. Whether it’s a shirt, a pair of shoes or a new designer dress – if you’ve never worn it at home, you won’t wear it on vacation. Stick with what you’re comfortable with.

3. What not to bring
When traveling, it’s important to take out the “unnecessary” such as the entire vanity drawer of make-up and the five different colognes that we all like to bring.  Keep small bottles of the essential items you would need that cannot be provided by hotels, such as face wash. A small makeup bag can always be ready with perfume samples and key makeup items. Most hotels provide the essential toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and soap. If you need to bring your hair products – it would be best to locate the nearest pharmacy by the hotel and purchase travel sized items. Make packing easy!

As for hairdryers, most hotels have them. Straighteners and curlers should be left at home as well. These items will not work overseas considering the difference with the outlets.

Need to do some work or simple web browsing? Some hotels have made it easier to access the web! 5* Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel now has 20” iMac® computers that brings the most modern innovations to every room.

4. What to carry on

Instead of checking your bag, carrying it on is also an option, but has many restrictions. Carry-on luggage cannot contain razors or any other items that do not meet the TSA regulations. Stores, such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, sell travel kits (as shown) that meet current TSA airline carry-on regulations for carry-on.

5. Wear it!
If you’d like to bring any bulky items, wear it! Wear the pair of shoes you’d like to bring with you but are taking up much needed space. If you have a pullover, wear it. Most airplanes tend to get a bit cold so a sweater would come in handy.

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