Checklist for Packing a Lighter Suitcase


For those of you who have a hard time parting ways with your belongings, here’s a checklist for packing a lighter suitcase. Pack now, thank us later.

Gather the essentials first…

  • Passport, ID, credit cards, cash, etc.
  • Cellphone + charger
  • Contact lenses and/or glasses (pack extra contacts)
  • Toiletries: travel-size shampoo, conditioner, soap deodorant, face wash, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, sunscreen, razor, makeup, etc.
  • Comb and/or brush
  • Sunglasses
  • Headphones

Here comes the wardrobe…

  • Neutral colors/clothes you can mix and match
  • Double duty pieces, like a scarf that can act as a picnic blanket, tablecloth, head scarf, privacy curtain, etc.
  • 1 Jacket/sweatshirt (which you can wear on the plane)
  • Socks (stuff inside your shoes) and underwear
  • 2 pairs of shoes (wear your bulkiest pair on your flight and pack the other, or wear 1 versatile pair for entire trip)

Things you do NOT need…

  • Camera (say hello to your phone)
  • Batteries (if you need them, you can purchase batteries anywhere)
  • Alarm clock (hello again, phone)
  • iPod/iPhone dock and/or bluetooth speaker (put your phone’s volume on high and place it in a bowl)
  • Books (read from your phone for this trip — you probably won’t get much reading accomplished)
  • Towels
  • Jewelry
  • Blankets
  • Hair dryer (most hotels already have one)
  • Purses (carry one with you on the flight and that’s it)
  • Gym clothes for that “possible workout”
  • Valuables
  • Laptop (use your phone or a tablet)

When you can’t compromise on packing a lighter suitcase…

If you end up packing more because you simply need the extra items or because you’re going on a long trip/vacation, that’s ok! Be sure to check your bags through Bags VIP Luggage Delivery. Our luggage delivery service allows you to skip baggage claim entirely because we’ll deliver your bags to your destination.

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