Traveling around the world with Nay Nay is always an adventure. Some say I pack light, but really, I just pack smart. Life has taught me to pack everything I need in my carryon. However, I might take “need” to a bit of an extreme…
On my trip to Argentina, I packed a pair of PJs, a nice outfit, and a casual outfit (and underclothes). I decided to wear warm clothes and sneakers at the last minute: 1. because it saved packing space, 2. because it would be winter there.
When I went to pickup my checked luggage in Buenos Aires, this is what I found:
Not only was my luggage in a garbage bag, but if you look at the bottom middle of the photo, you’ll see that a panel of my bagged it melted. Everything not in a space saver was destroyed, and some clothes in the savers were, but some were salvaged.
On my trip to Spain, my checked luggage was displaced – just overnight. Luckily, I was more less prepared. In honor of my packing week, I will share my wealth of packing knowledge with you.
I always travel with space savers! Not only because they protected some of my clothes once upon a time, but because I can fit all my clothes in my carryon – depending on the season, of course. Be careful to not overdo it. There are weight restrictions. However, I do pack at least four outfits in a space saver when I travel to Southeast Asia.
Store all liquids in a clear bag, each bottle containing no more than 100mL. So if you’re going to the beach, and you think you’ll go through a lot of sunscreen, pack it in your checked bag.
TSA Restricted Items
Check the list of TSA restricted items before you check your luggage! Otherwise, you may be donating items to the airport. Don’t worry though. You can knit and crochet on the plane. You can also shave your legs and clip your toenails. Though you will always be the subject of terrible travel companions. You also want to be aware of restrictions on checked items before you shop for souvenirs. Speaking of souvenirs, the smarter you pack at the beginning of your trip, the more room you’ll have for purchases at the end of your trip. Bon voyage!