I’m jet lagged, my first time blogging in the middle of the night @ 3:30 am. So i’ve decided to share how i packed. When you have a baby with you, you will definitely will have extra baggage.
Are you feeling like this at times when you’re packing? I’m sure you do especially with the ladies and when you have a baby it gets worse. Each time when i travel, i try to think ahead and see if i’m planning to do lot of shopping, which usually is the case we, what the heck am i saying. Do excuse me, it is after all 3:30am :P. Anyways, i always try to pack half of my luggage size. Most people will use a wheeled luggage of some sort. Do you know what size is your luggage?
I’m going to use Samsonite as a reference so that it’s easier for people to roughly know what i’m talking about. Samsonite is available everywhere and you can always compare the sizes when you need to purchase a extra suitcase or just any suitcase. Each brand comes in different sizes, but it’s just 1 or 2 inches apart.
The picture above shows the most common sizes of luggages. The biggest one is 25″, then 20″ and cabin size. As i was saying, i usually try to pack half of the size in the luggage so that when i buy things i will have the space and it will be nicely filled up. Having said that, also take into consideration the location of your trip. If you are traveling in the summer or spring it should not be a problem cause the clothes are light and not bulky. When it’s winter it is a little bit more challenging, but it can still be done. These days, life is so much easier with the 4 wheel luggage. You’re just walking with it alongside, don’t even need the strength to drag. Invest in a mid range brand so that you can ensure that the quality is there. The last thing you want to happen is your bag’s wheels die on you on your trip Samsonite is a high end brand, therefore it can be pretty expensive but there are lots of mid range brand out there with good quality.
Pack wisely, how to do that? I’ll be sharing some tips that worked for me and i hope it will work for you too.
Know what you need and how long you’re going for.
I’m pretty sure everyone has gotten into this situation some how. I sure did. If you are packing for winter, you really need to think about what you need first. Always bring a thermo top and bottom it will help you save space from bringing too much super thick sweaters, and it’s also a must have for winter. A zip sweater is also very important. You can always wear something thin inside or as a extra jacket for those super cold days before wearing your coat. My favorite, anything that has fleece in it. Fleece is the best thing that can keep you warm and cozy. I always have a fleece sweater to stand by for those cold icy days. My personal favorite is a fleece zip sweater with a hood 🙂 A 2 in one 😛 For winter you can’t afford to pack extra cause it will take up too much space. Maybe 3-4 light sweater (cause you already have your thermo) 2 pair of jeans, 2 t shirts some accessories like gloves, scarf, ear muffs, hat and a reliable winter coat. I would also recommend to invest in a good winter coat. It will take you longer than you think. At the same time a good winter coat can keep you warm and you don’t need to dress as heavy so you get to save space. Everything else you can mix and match along the way. Who knows, you probably bought some new stuff already 😉 . I just hate it when i’m not dressed comfortably when i’m out. I’ll be cold and just want to find a warm place and it’s irritating. If you have the right items, you’ll be ensured that you will be warm throughout your trip. Especially if you are going to be outdoors. Don’t you just want to enjoy the view rather than rushing back inside?
- Do not over-fold your clothes (sweaters can be pretty thick after folding it properly, just fold it twice so that it’s still flat)
- Do not pack your shoes together (put each one of them in a separate plastic bag. It can be stored either at the corner so that it can be place at an angle (for boots) or at the outside pocket of the suitcase (this is only for suitcase that has a big open pocket at the front, not the flat ones)
- Don’t pack your accessories or anything that comes out thick (ex: toiletries: separate them and store it in the small areas around the suitcase)
- Another option is to roll your clothes(recommended for spring/summer clothes, not for winter one because after rolling it’s still thick)
The key thing is to pack as flat as possible so that you can put more things. Otherwise you’ll end up like the picture above. Also if you are using a small bag and try to pack more things that you can actually fit, then you better think again, it just can’t happen. That is why you should always think ahead and have at least a rough estimation. When i travel, there’s no harm in having extra space in my suitcase at all.
Are you overweight?
Each airlines has a different baggage weight and dimension guidelines, check your airline if you think you might be overweight. The charges can be very pricey.
How did i manage my scary baggage without going overweight
I had to be creative when i have so much things! (we caught a lot of attention, lol)
I certainly did not believe that i’ll be coming home with this much baggage. I have 2 26″, 1 cabin size and a duffle bag for spare when i went to Toronto. I bought so much of baby Berry things that i had to buy another suitcase. I purchased a Samsonite 20″ and i’m glad i did. This is what i mean when i say don’t try to pack more things than you can because you just couldn’t. Even though i’ve estimated that i’m going to shop but I didn’t realize it was going to be so much. So i had to resort to buying another suitcase. I was going back and forth whether i should buy a new suitcase because i was worried that i was going to be overweight. Hubby checked with the airline and confirmed that we can have 5 checked in suitcases because we have a baby. Also for carry on as well. With a baby you do get perks like that and they do over look small little things. We had over weight carry on (11kg when the limit is 7kg) and they let us through albeit with a warning 😛
Of course with 5 checked in luggage there’s a high chance we would go over the limit. Hubby put each bag on the scale and see how much it weigh. Usually you may end up around 3-4kg over the limit. What we did is just open up your bags and redistribute the weight evenly. This comes in handy when you packed but at times you won’t know until the bag reached the scale. Something so small and no one ever realized this is how it’s done. Weighing the bag again and voila! just nice not overweight. Another thing they will also weigh your carry on and you can do the same. Sort things out evenly, notebook, camera, etc can be heavy when they are all together.