Simple tips to improve and simplify your travel packaging

It doesn’t matter if you’re packing for a long or short trip, whether it’s for business or pleasure, a time-saving way to start is by making a list and using it. Using a list makes it easy to check off all items to make sure nothing is left behind and that all items are absolutely necessary. Carry the list in your luggage as a handy guide to remembering things when packing.

When choosing clothes to pack, mixing and matching clothes saves space and tends to reduce the number of outfits actually needed. If possible, choose one or two pairs of shoes that go with most outfits.

Another important rule is: don’t be fooled by the myriad of travel gadgets out there. Not only do many of these malfunction, they also take up packaging space. A simple rule to consider is: If it’s not a smaller version of something you absolutely can’t live without while on the road, don’t pack it. One travel item that is of utmost importance, however, is clear and unique luggage tags. A unique tag makes it easier to identify your luggage on crowded, fast-moving carousels when you’re tired after a long flight.

Scanning important data such as passport, ID photos, paper tickets and other travel documents to an email account like Yahoo or Hotmail can be very convenient and easily accessible when needed. It’s also helpful to include the numbers to report loss for cell phones, credit cards, traveler’s checks, and your travel insurance. When packing these items, divide them among the bags and do not put all of them, especially cash, in your hand luggage.

Packing clothes in easy-to-open plastic bags organized by outfit or item such as socks, underwear, etc. optimizes space and provides convenience for baggage inspection. When traveling with others, you can avoid accidents when luggage arrives by distributing one outfit with pockets for each person among the bags of your party. Plastic bags should be used for personal care items, with these items contained in small, regular sized containers and clearly labeled. Buying many of these items in travel size will save inspection time and valuable space.

Travel and health insurance is definitely a must-take item. Some companies have medical coverage with travel insurance to provide emergency medical care, doctor consultation, treatment, and access to prescription drugs. Travel insurance also protects against ticket loss, flight delays and any accidents on board public transport. Make sure you find the most acceptable coverage needed for your requirements and have a great trip.