The Labor of Re-Packing

“Push Dany, push, push puuuussshhhh…”

“One, two, three, again, push….”

To anyone else in the world these would be the typical chants of a woman in labor, but I’m not quite there yet in my life.

Recently, I had a great friend, Daniella visit me for a long stay in Europe, so these were the cries of the labor pains of re-packing the bags when a less experienced traveler visits a bordering rehab shopaholic. 

Yes, Dany was guilty of purchasing more on her journey than what was allowed for in the maximum capacity of her luggage, but this was no feat to a semi professional packer aka…myself, who faces that challenge about 10 times a year.

So, friends, in an effort to spare you from precious beads of sweat on your brow and sore triceps and fingertips, results of the downward pushing motion on the suitcase while trying to tug the zipper closed, I’m sharing with you these few packing tips for the return home.

1.  Toiletries should be the first things to go.  Pack smaller sized creams, lotions and hair products, so even your priciest potions can be easily discarded along the way, without bringing you to tears.

2.  If you need to travel with a towel, make it an aquis super absorbent towel, which takes up about 1/3 of the space of a normal towel.

3.  Always roll your clothing…very tightly and start with the largest pieces at the bottom, working your way up.  You’d be amazed at how many rolled tank tops or pieces of lingerie can be wedged into the tiniest crevices of your luggage…think high heeled shoes.

4.  Never go without an extra “emergency bag”.  I’m not talking additional luggage, but the largest size Longchamp “Le Pliage” bag can consume almost no space in your baggage for the majority of your journey, and may just be your lifesaver when faced with that “to die for” purchase.  More times than not, these bags constitute as a handbag for airline standards, so if you can squeeze your actual handbag in as well, you’re golden for this + your standard carry on.

5.  When all else fails, there’s no shame in over- accessorizing / over-layering for your plane flight home. Airplanes and airports are always on the chilly side, so layer a tank top with a long sleeve shirt, sweater and scarf, as well as other accessories if needed.  Make sure to be wearing your largest pieces, whether it’s jeans, boots, or your trendy cuff bracelets.  Your only risk is angering the other passengers behind you in the security line, if you’re slow to disrobe.


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