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Packing smart – Part 2

Bag tips on equipping yourself for your trip
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - March 9, 2011
By: Sheila Lim
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Packing smart – Part 2

I have often made the mistake of using suitcases that were too small for my needs, thus having to refrain from buying stuff that I wanted or liked simply because there wasn’t enough room for them. It has also meant struggling with three or more pieces of baggage instead of breezing effortlessly through with one suitcase when moving from point to point.

Choosing the right suitcase is vital. Don’t go for cheap buys; instead, invest in well-designed bags of good quality that are durable and easy to manage. Tough casing, sturdy wheels, a practical locking system and well-placed handles are the main features you should be looking out for. Weight is also an important consideration if you are petite.   

Preferably, you should own bags of different sizes and for different purposes, and select the most appropriate one – according to the duration of your trip, the weather (a colder climate means more luggage space is needed to accommodate thicker and bulkier clothing) and the types of activities you will be engaging in. So if you are going on a shopping spree in Hong Kong, the bigger and emptier your bag, the better, of course!

After deciding which suitcase to use, you have to decide what goes into it. Instead of drawing up a new packing list every time you travel, create a master list and save it in your computer. Adjust it accordingly and print a copy whenever you need it. This way, you are less likely to forget vital and essential stuff (such as medication and swimming costume) for your trip. 


Packing smart – Part 3