The Secrets Behind Packing Light

Flying has become almost an a la cart experience these days. With fees for everything from an emergency exit row seat to each bag you bring on the airlines are trying to make profit through charging for each part of the experience. While it has always been a good idea to have a solid carry-on, now people sometimes try to only use a carry-on for short trips, especially when traveling alone. Such light packing is nearly impossible for families going on extended vacations. The good news is that there are tips for everyone to pack a little lighter.


When traveling from a colder climate to a warmer one, such as from Seattle-Tacoma airport to the Caribbean, one idea is to leave your warm coats in the car when you arrive at your off-site parking location. You’ll have to suffer a few minutes of being cold on the way out, and again on the way back, but you will save a ton of space by leaving the bulky items with limited use behind.


One tried and true method for saving space in both a carry-on and checked luggage is rolling your clothes. Not only will this allow you to squeeze them in better, it also makes for easier unpacking. Rolling your items allows you to better organize your suitcase when packing, and more easily find what you want when unpacking.


Use the fewest numbers of shoes possible. If you can plan outfits such that one pair of shoes will work the whole trip, do it. Shoes take up more than their share of luggage and leaving them out will save you a ton of space.


If you have too much stuff and are really struggling, send your belongings ahead of yourself. Make a trip to UPS or FedEx before your flight and send yourself a package at your destination. Time it to show up the same day as you do if possible. In some cases, this can be cheaper than luggage fees with the airlines.


Whatever length trip you’re going on, when you fly out of SeaTac bring your car to Ajax Parking R Us for affordable, safe, and convenient parking. Call us at 206-244-8900 or go online today to make a reservation!

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