If you are a frequent traveller, this tip will be something I’m sure you already practice. But if you are not one to travel often or are heading off on your first long vacation overseas, this tip might come in useful.
When you pack your suitcases, always remember to pack in a spare bag. Get one of those foldable bags or small duffel bags that don’t take up too much space but can fit a lot if they have to.
No matter how much you think you won’t buy anything while on vacation, you will always end up with the inevitable souvenirs. You never know what you will pick up while on holiday and by the time you have to pack for the return trip, you might find that you do not have space in your luggage. If you are unprepared, you will have to run out and buy a new suitcase. If you are prepared, you’d just pack up your spare travel bag!
This is particularly useful when you travel to countries which are shopping havens (Bangkok and Hong Kong come to mind) or if you prefer to travel light, and not check in your luggage on your way to your destination (this minimizes the odds of missing luggage too). I usually pack a foldable duffel bag which can be locked, as well as my Rume All bag because it folds down into practically nothing yet is something I can open up when I need it. I also carry a Regular Rume to hold my shopping wherever I am so I don’t lose things.
These days, I prefer to travel light when I head out of the country (so I don’t waste time waiting for luggage when I arrive), so I try to fit everything into a carry on. In there, I fit a spare duffel bag and a spare lock. When I pack to return, I don’t mind checking in luggage because when you get back, you aren’t rushing for time 🙂
Might this be something you already practice? 🙂