Travel with less

With the ever changing security on air travel it seems the airlines are letting you board with less luggage. No matter the length of your trip, you can travel with less.

Smart packing for today's traveler
by Susan Foster ; edited by Barbara Weiland ; designed by Linda Wisner.
Portland, Or. : Smart Travel Press, c2004.
- Learn to pack for every trip - for business or vacation, for men, women and children, for any place in the world.- Discover how to dress for all seasons at any destination. Know which fabrics and styles are comfortable and packable.- Find out which type of luggage works for each trip, and the best packing methods for any bag.
Made for travel
Maary Mulari.
Iola, WI : Krause Publications, c2002.
This book presents easy-to-make, handy accessories for making everyday trips and special journeys more comfortable and convenient. Readers will find instructions and patterns for more than 50 clever projects such as totes, security bags for valuables, shoe bags, a map holder, seatbelt cushions, and more. Some of the projects can even be made out of potholders, dinner napkins, placemats, or table runners. Extra features include instructions for adding pockets to clothing for safe travel, and kits to make for first aid, comfort, office, and car supplies.
Smart packing for today's traveler
by Susan Foster ; edited by Barbara Weiland.
Portland, Or. : Smart Travel Press, c2000.
Imagine traveling with all the right things -- no matter what, no matter where -- without carrying five suitcases! Sound impossible? In Smart Packing for Today's Traveler, globetrotter Susan Foster shares how-to secrets discovered during hundreds of business and pleasure trips.

First thing to do is check the airline you will be traveling on for their guidelines for carry-on and checked luggage. Another thing to do is to check the Transportation Security Administration rules to see what is permitted to put in carry-on and checked luggage.

Select versatile pieces of clothing with color and style you can make many combinations.  Basic pieces can include dark pants to hide dirt, knit fabrics to be wrinkle free, or crinkle fabrics where you want the wrinkles. These items can be dressed up with accessories such as a belt, scarf or earrings, which do not take up much room.

Pack your clothing by placing the plastic from the dry cleaner between them. This helps trap air between layers and cushions  and protects clothing. Rolling your clothes is a fast and easy way to pack them. Interlocking each piece with another can save space.

Plan your wardrobe

Acquaint yourself with local traditions

Black or blue  will get you through most events

Check the weather forecast

Create travel kits by using sealable plastic bags. It will be easy to reach in your suitcase for toiletries, make-up, and first aid items. Use travel size containers or you can purchase needed items when you arrive. Leave the hair dryer at home. Call the hotel before you go and see what amenities they offer.

When you arrive at your destination, unpack your suitcase. Repack your suitcase by placing items back in as you have worn or used them.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff