Friday, July 8, 2011

Travel with Style....

Carry-on with Style...

How to pack for your trip using only a carry-on bag.
Remember to use the 45" rule. For Example: 22" + 14" + 9" = 45" total. (*Remember to check with your airline or travel agent regarding regulation requirements prior to your flight as information changes frequently.)  
 Your attire will be based around your current travel trip be it business or pleasure. You may also bring your computer, purse and/or brief case in addition to your carry-on. **The basics below will help you even if you use a larger suitcase and a carry-on. (**In most cases I take a carry-on and one checked bag. This information is for the traveler who wishes NOT to check a bag!)
The old adage; " Bring half as much clothing and twice as much money!" Can be good advise! 
*Slip Shoes into Zip Lock Bags, keeping everything Clean!*

Minimize your clothing by selecting a base of 1 or 2 colors. Allowing room for mix and match outfits. This will allow several choices during your trip. Choose your fabrics carefully, and consider the wrinkle factor. There are many choices regarding travel fabric that are no-iron and/or wrinkle free.
 When packing, either bundle or roll clothing items. This will help with wrinkles and allow more room in the small suitcase. 
In most cases you will have toiletries supplied at your hotel, along with a hair dryer. If you are a guest at a friend/family member's home, they will more than likely have what you need. If not, there is always a store. Doing your own laundry or having it done is always an option.
 Always consider what your wear for your flight.
(*Don't forget, you have to remove your shoes at the airport check points.)
Example of Items to Pack:

  • Dressy Jacket/Blaser
  •  4-6 shirts/Blouses/tops
  • 2-3 pairs of trousers/skirts/shorts
  • 3+ pairs of socks
  • 3+ pairs of under garments
  • 2+ Bra's, 2 in neutral or 1 black 
  • Swimsuit (if weather permits) + cover-up
  • Cardigan Sweater (*stay in your color scheme)
  • Light weight rain coat/umbrella
  • Heavier Coat, if needed
  • Neck tie, Scarf...1 or 2
  • gloves or mittens, if needed
  • Collapsible Sun hat, knit cap or visor
  • 1 pair of dressy shoes
  • 1 pair of walking shoes/boots
  • flip flops or sandals
  • Belt
  • Laundry Bag?
  • Trash bag, zip lock bags
  • small flashlight
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing kit for small repairs
  • Tooth brush, tooth paste, dental floss
  • Razor, disposable
  • Sleep sack, if preferred
  • Comb/hairbrush
  • Shampoo/soap 
  • Nail clippers
  • Unbreakable mirror
  • Detergent
  • Antibacterial wipes or gel
  • Medications, including over the counter drugs
  •  (**Original containers are required. *A detailed list of Doctor's & Insurance numbers is a good idea) 
  • Water purifiers
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Sun screen, lip balm
  • Tweezers
  • Bandages or small first aid kit
  • Sun Glasses, Glasses, Lens Cleaner Cloth
  • (it is advised to carry you eye prescription in case of an accident, and/or spare glasses.)
  • Pens, notebooks, stamps, pre-addressed cards or postcards
  • Personal address book
  • Make sure your phone is programed for International Use. Contact your cell phone carrier for information..
  • Any travel guides you may need or internet (domestic/international) service for your computer or Ipad.
  • Passport/Visa
  • Vaccination records (*keep with your medications & records)
  • Your Driver License (*check if you are required to obtain a temporary international license)
  • Travel tickets/Hotel information/Itinerary's 
  • Telephone area codes/access codes where you are traveling
  • Limit your Charge/ATM cards that travel with you,(2-3). (*Notify your card companies of your travel plans.)
  • Traveler's Cheques or Cash for exchange booth's
  • Camera/Charger
  • Cell Phone/Charger or extra battery 
  • Converter for electrical appliance's (*some hotels have converter's to loan...you may want to check with your travel agent)
  • ***Liquid's must be in 3 ounce bottles/packaging and stored in a one (1) quart size zip lock bag.
  • Gift's
  • Cereal bars to supplement for between or missed meals
Please remember this is just a guide. Items may or may not be listed that you will need for your individual travel plans. It is wise to leave a package of complete records with someone you trust while you travel in case of emergencies.

Travel with Style...and
Happy Trails to You...

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