Packing is very essential for travelers and there are a lot of packing tips recommended by TSA. Once you forget an essential item at home, you may be left disappointed and scrambling to visit the nearest store in your destination to get another item or an alternative. Pack too much and you end up disorganized; you will also be burdened with heavy bags and get ready to pay for pricey airline baggage fees (money, which you do not budget for). This is why you need to go through these TSA packing tips before you leave for another destination. Below are some fundamental packing strategies that every traveler should learn:
- Roll Your Clothes, Don’t Fold
Many travel experts agree that rolling is superior to folding. This includes backpackers who pack clothes for more than a month into the size of a box of wine. Roll your clothes tightly and save a lot of spaces in your backpack than when folded. In addition, rolled clothes are always free from wrinkles fold creases like the folded clothes.
This is very important in packing your loads. You should firstly know the weight of your suitcase when it is empty. You will get to understand the importance of weight if you have been charged for overweight before. So, when packing your loads, make sure you pack according to your airport’s recommendation. Always make sure you reduce the weight to the bearest minimum especially if you are on a budget travel. You need to save money on travel!
The bigger your bag, the heavier it is! However, there are standard sizes according to TSA and these include small (22” – 24”), medium (25” – 27”) and large (28” – 32”). If you are thinking of getting a perfect bag size for your next travel, you should go for a 26” bag. This medium sized bag is so perfect and can accommodate most of your loads whereas larger bags give room for unnecessary loads and can lead to overweight!
- Tags or Identifiers
All travelers carry bags while traveling and there is no way you won’t see a bag or more that will look exactly like yours. To prevent carrying another person’s bag, it is better you look for an identifier. This identifier can be a mark on your bag or you make use of a tag. This tag can include a little information of yours. This will enable you to identify your bag with ease.
- Luggage Scale
Have you ever been embarrassed and being asked to reduce your load due to overweight? If yes, then you need a luggage scale and if no, you need this scale to prevent embarrassment at the airport. With this luggage scale, you will get to know the weight of your luggage. They are of different types (both analog and digital types) and you can buy based on your budget. You will always need it to prevent packing too many loads.
- Follow the 3-1-1 Rule
Always follow the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) rule for carry-on luggage. All liquids brought onto planes must be in 3.4-ounce containers or smaller and placed inside a single, clear, quart-size zip-top bag. This rule also helps travelers to know which items are considered liquids or gels according to the TSA and thereby subject to the 3-1-1 rule. Foods such as pudding, mashed potatoes, peanut butter, and icing are classified as gels. Lip-gloss, mascara and aerosol items are also considered as liquids or gels. However, always remember that liquid prescription medication is exempt.