Packing checklist

The ultimate travel packing checklist and How to Pack clothes for Traveling

It's always helpful to have a list of items you need to pack and have a travel checklist. Here are some things that can make your traveling more advantageous.

1. Collect important travel documents, cash and credit cards - collect all of these documents in a travel document organizer. Make sure to remember your health insurance cards your personal ID, cash and credit cards, travel insurance information, reservations and itineraries, hotel and contact information, transportation tickets, and emergency contacts. Check to make sure your passport is not expired. Also inform your bank so they don't assume fraudulent activity. You may want to email yourself a copy of your passport or take a picture of it on your phone.

2. Prepare your personal item carry-on bag - make sure you include anything you want on the flight. Having an extra outfit and some essential toiletries in case your luggage is lost is a good idea. Make sure you have a jacket and include your mobile device charger, headphones camera, converters and adapters, a travel pillow, eye mask and earplugs, books and magazines, games and guidebooks, hand sanitizers and glasses in case.

3. Choose your main bag - we recommend luggage that is versatile, lightweight yet big enough to hold your essentials. Your luggage needs to be easy to carry.

4. Organize your stuff - keeping everything organized can be a challenge. Keeping your suitcase organized with packing organizers can make it easier to get from one place to the next without having to rearrange your entire bag. There are packing cubes or zippered organizers that can make it easy to keep your bag organized. Include lightweight clothing, shirts and pants, socks, sweaters, a jacket, T-shirts and belt, pajamas, underwear and sunglasses, along with comfortable walking shoes and any dresses or jewelry. Don't forget a swimsuit. Pack smart and layer your clothing and try changing your outfits with a different pair of shoes or a scarf. Ladies can pick clothing pieces that mix-and-match.

5. Pack your toiletry bag - keep your toiletry bag light and TSA compliant. The TSA 311 rule makes it easy to remember. Liquids, gels aerosols, creams and pace must be 3.4 ounces or less per container and they must be in a 1 quart sized clear plus exhibit top bag. Don't forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, hairbrush or cone, hair ties, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, makeup, face wash, lotion, lip balm, personal or feminine hygiene products and extra contacts. Also include a small mirror, hair products clotheslines and detergent, shaving kit, sewing kit, facial tissues. You may want to include a first-aid kit, prescriptions, pain relievers, thermometer, cold medicines, diarrhea or laxative medicines, allergy medicines, hydrocortisone cream, multivitamins, insect repellent, motion sickness pills, eye drops, moleskin and any medicines and vaccinations specific to the region.

6. Pack your day bag - make sure you include a lightweight personal day bag that can be used in a variety of ways.

7. Consider travel security - in most large cities, travelers should be on the lookout for pickpockets. The easiest way to keep these belonging safe is to keep them hidden and close to you. Stashing the money or clothing is a good way to do this with a money belt or hidden pocket etc. You also may want to consider choosing an RFID protection. This protection keeps your passports and credit card safe while traveling.

8. Prepare your home - have the post office hold mail and stop newspaper delivery. Set up an email auto responder and arrange care of pets lawn implants. Prepay your bills and prearrange school absences for children. Empty the refrigerator and unplug appliances. Turn off the heater and air conditioner and turn down the water heater. Turn off washing machine taps, lock all the doors and windows and set up a timed l light system. Store your valuables in a safe place and leave a house key with a trusted friend. The flight and hotel itineraries leave with a relative. Reconfirm online with the airline.

There actually is a correct way to fold all these clothes when you're packing to travel.
1. Fold a Blazer lengthwise laying one arm against the other.
2. Tuck one shoulder inside the others of the lining shows.
3. Fold the jacket in half.
4. Fold skirt lengthwise, then in half and talk into folded jacket.
5. Role casual items that don't wrinkle and bounce back easily.
6. Full dress your items made from more delicate fabrics.