Travel: What TSA Expects of Passengers

What TSA Agents Want You to Know

When you travel, I want to help you know what TSA agents expect from you as an airline passenger. If you are traveling for the first time or if you commute for work on an airplane, these tsa airport security tips will help you. Travel through airport security can be difficult for you as an airline passenger and also for the transportation security administration employees known as TSA.

Airport security agents want you to be prepared to walk through security – you do the homework and pack so that you can take out your quart-sized liquids bag easily. travel-liquids-bag

If you remember to have that quart sized liquids bag ready, then you will also know how to put it away quickly. I put mine in my outside section of my carryon suitcase.  When I get to the gate, I put it in my personal item that will go under the airplane seat.

Stick around to the end to find out something that the customs patrol agents want you to know.

travel-necklace-for-passportHave your passport or ID out and with your ticket.  When I go through airport security, I have my ticket bar code on my phone from my airline’s app.  I have that refreshed and my ID with it.

Have your shoes ready to take off. I untie my shoes 3-4 people back.

Know that the TSA receives notices about travel security issues that they cannot tell the public.  So be gracious to them if they all of a sudden say that something odd has to be taken out of your bag.

Travel through different cities you find that TSA security is done a little differently in several cities.  For instance, Atlanta has dogs now sniffing for dangerous liquids so you do not take out your liquids bag anymore…or maybe for their testing period.  I have TSA precheck but my 14 year old does not.  So when we went through Atlanta’s security over Thanksgiving, we did not take off shoes or take out our liquids bag.  But in Houston, we had to.

When you travel, do not talk or joke with TSA agents. This March, we came back through Newark, and the TSA agent was saying a what I thought was a normal spiel.  So I asked, “Are we taking off shoes today?” And she responded, “Did I say anything about shoes in my spiel?” I did not reply and just kept putting things in the gray bin.

If you joke about doing anything harmful on an airplane, you will be taken out of line and most likely will not fly for a while so no bad jokes.

So basically, when you travel through airport security, put on your listening ears. Listen to their commands and reminders while you are standing in line.

I still see half empty water bottles and full ones going through security and then delaying all the people behind them. Even if the bottle of water only has 2 ounces of liquid in it, it cannot go through.  TSA rules state that the container has to be 3.4 ounces or less.  And all liquids need to go in that carryon bag. If you have liquids in your checked bag, they be stored in any shape or method. For a video on packing toiletries two different ways, click here.

So if you’re carrying lotion, the lotion bottle needs to be 3.4 ounces or less.  I cannot put this bottle in my carryon even if there is just a drop left in it per the TSA liquids rule.

disc-containers-for-lotionI store my thick lotion in this kind of container, and that is fine.  My sister in law was infuriated that TSA took her super expensive shampoo bottle.  But she had not followed the rule, and that was her fault. Knowledge is power!

Also, as part of being a smart traveler, know that TSA is not supposed to hurry up if you got to the airport too late and may miss your flight.  They are a government agency who is understaffed sometimes.  Frustrating as it is when they only have one lane open with a million passengers at the busiest time of day to travel, it is still not their fault.  Arrive at the airport 2 hours before a flight.

When you travel, you know you have to show your ID, but if you lost your ID you can still get through security.  It will take a very long time if you do not have another ID like your passport.  You will be whisked away, and they will probably be on the phone with a company called Secure Flight.  They will ask you all types of questions about your history.  Take a picture of you ID with your phone; it will not suffice, but it will help them to know that you are not on a security watch list.

When you travel as a gamer, you can take your Xbox or PS4, but know that TSA is not responsible for it after it goes through security.  If I stored one in my carryon suitcase and the airplane has no more room in the overhead bin, they will check my bag.  That means they will stow it in the belly of the airplane.  So it will get banged against and have bags weighing down on it.

CPAP machines and medicines that are in liquid form do not count as a liquid that needs to go in your liquids bag.  But TSA asks that you take out these items and put them in the gray bin just so they do not have to stop the line and investigate. I have a video about packing medicines that may help; I’ll link it in the cards as well as in the description box.

When I travel for a trip, I do not even put on my belt or jewelry at home until I get through airport security. Belts should be taken off.  Jewelry is tricky; some make the ding and some do not.  And jewelry is not consistent so I just leave it off. bench-after-security-line-in-airport

Antibacterial wipes in those packets do not count as a liquid.  It sounds like common sense, but so many of my viewers have asked this question. If you try to take this big tub of wipes, there is liquid in the bottom so it would not be allowed through security.

Lastly, you can check the TSA website for the alphabetical list of allowed items, call them to ask a personal question as well as go to Facebook and type “Ask TSA” to ask a personal question.

TSA also has a YouTube channel with short videos that may help y’all. Over 1 million people travel in an airplane each day here in the United States.

The TSA agents are faced with ignorant and dumb passengers who can be rude.  Yes, the agents can be very rude too, but I am sure they are running low on patience because of all the ignorant and dumb people who have come through.  So use common sense when you’re packing.  And don’t be super offended if they are rude to you.  Just smile or do not reply if they’re rude.

In customs coming back to America, do NOT go past the line until the customs agent has motioned you that s/he’s ready.  I tried to read the situation and help hurry up the line by walking up as soon as the passenger in front of me was ready.  The customs agent told me sternly to wait until he calls me.

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Travel Tips to Choose the Best Backpack

Today I am giving you travel tips for choosing the best backpack. I will test eBags, Samsonite, Marmot and other top backpacks. I will test the backpack features and their capacity will be tested as well with tips that I have learned for each one.

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Testing these 3 backpacks and more

If you commute in an airplane for work, if you pack a laptop, or if you travel for leisure, this video will help you know which backpack is best for you based on my tips for your packing needs.

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Travel with a backpack is an essential packing item for me.  I pack in my backpack as though it were an extension of my suitcase. Ask yourself 4 questions when searching for the best backpack for travel. Do you need pockets in a backpack-how many?  Is your backpack for traveling to work? What would you pack in your backpack?  What problem is your backpack solving for you? Not all backpacks are the same. Many of my YouTube viewers have asked which backpack I recommend for 2019.  My backpack is sold out, but I will put the link to it so you can see other types. The backpack is for your travel needs based on my experience as a pilot wife of 17 years; the more I travel the more I can help you. Thank you for visiting my Travel Tips by Laurie YouTube Channel (or blog). I hope you find information in this video to help you make an educated choice for your backpack. Stick around to the end to hear my passport tip for traveling. If you need help choosing a carryon suitcase, I also have a video for that!

My hubby loves his new Samsonite backpack.  Extra storage pockets everywhere!samsonite-pocketsamsonite-backpack

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This backpack still abides by the under-the-seat dimensions.

A personal item sized backpack for travel is what I will show you today.  These all fit under the airplane seat in front of you. Most of the main line airplanes (the big ones) have dimension requirements for your personal item being 18 (or 17) x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm).  Remember from my Traveling with Medicine video that cpap machines do not count as a carryon item.  Neither do strollers or a cane, etc. That is great news. I’ll link the 3 major airlines’ personal item dimension requirements in the description box below.  Find out the size plane you will be flying on; you may be on one of the 50 seat airplanes that have a little smaller under the seat area.

For my backpack needs during travel, capacity is the most important factor.  I can fit a roll of Kirkland paper towels inside these two backpacks.  For me, I always roll a hoodie or jacket in the bottom of my backpack.  If you widen the base of that back pocket, you have at least 6 inches almost all the way up in a rectangle shape – which is like a slim suitcase size.  My backpack is basically the size of a school backpack but smoother material.  Think of what big items you would pack down there in the base of your backpack that do not need to be packed in your suitcase. Some backpacks have a padded pocket for laptops. Know that they take up extra space and you need padding.

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4 pockets but about the same size as mine

My mom has this same backpack, but she took this bag to Israel, and it is 14 inches wide with a bottle of water in it.

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She took this backpack to Israel

I have found that I pack things in the larger pocket of this black and white backpack.  While I am on the airplane, I use what is inside the front pocket.  Think of what you need easy access to and put those in the front.  When I sit in the seat I grab my hoodie, phone, phone prop, headphones and charger. Then I put the backpack under there and lay the hoodie or stuff the jacket on top. Where do you pack your headphones?  I use a tub to keep them separated.  I have the old kind of plug and one set that has the flat plug for my phone (discussed more in this Europe video). If your suitcase has a lithium battery, you can store it here while on flight because they are not allowed in your checked suitcase.  I know Away luggage now has removable batteries.headphones-plug-different-kinds

Think about packing things that can stand.  I pack pens and a journal; will you stand up a book or iPad? Will you pack an umbrella on the side or will you pack an empty cross body bag?  A subscriber had a travel hack to pack makeup brushes in your crossbody and empty them out once you get to your destination.

My navy one I bought at Francesca’s almost 2 years ago, and I need to donate it.  The lip around the zippers bothers me, and it’s really small.  Yes, I can fit a hoodie in here, but that’s about it.  Put the backpack on.  Is it easy or are you going to put your back out trying to find that second strap.  Is it easy to loosen your straps?

There are all types of travelers; those who like pockets and those who need pockets.  I like there to be several and I like that pockets have different sizes.  I store pens loosely in this pocket with my March travel treat: a fingernail file carrier.  But a travel hack is to just use a toothbrush holder. I organize inside my bag with pouches.  For my leisure travel I do not need a lot of pockets and zippers.

As a personal item, I won this backpack from ebags. Its dimensions are 13 x 18.  I would carry this if I was going to a YouTube conference carrying my camera and laptop.

ebags-front-pocket-organizationIn the work backpack, look at these mesh pockets.  Cords can be stored there to serve as a see-through pouch.  My husband loves these types of pockets for electronics, pens, business cards, etc. Let me know if you like your inside pockets to have zippers.  I am a pouch packer in my backpack.  I travel with 4-5 pouches.  I see how having zipped pockets inside pockets could serve as a pouch.  Some pockets are small for mints or floss sticks, and you may like more roomy pockets or the kind of pocket that is just a flap.

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We love this feature when we want to be hands-free!

In this ebag backpack the bottle of water mesh pocket can be zipped and hidden.  The straps on all of my backpacks are adjustable, but on this one, you can cross the straps while walking through the airport or at a work meeting.  Then you’re able to carry with this handle at the top.  I LOVE how this backpack has a slit that can go over your suitcase handles leaving you hands free.  You could carry your crossbody that has your wallet etc.

I cannot say enough about this laptop backpack’s storage.  Total protection for your computer, maybe a 2nd blouse, cardboard protection for like a camera lens or cords.

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Airlines state that you get a carryon item (which for me is a suitcase) and a personal item.  A personal item or backpack should fit under the airplane seat when you travel.   Luggage has size restrictions on some airlines and in some countries.

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Travel with children tip for passports

If you are traveling abroad with children, an adult carries the passports, right?  Instead of having to flip through to find the picture, you can put a sticker on the back flap of each passport with each child’s initials on the sticker.  Faster!

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35 Travel Essentials (What You Can Bring)

When I travel, there are 35 essentials that I pack in my bags.  These must-have travel items should be on every packing list.  I pack these 35 essentials for every trip so that I do not forget important travel items.  Airport security will allow these essentials in your carryon bag.  Several subscribers asked me to make a video about what you SHOULD take when you travel.  I have an older video about 29 items you cannot take through security.

My name is Laurie and I want to thank you for visiting my Travel Tips Channel.  These are only travel essentials from my perspective that will hopefully help you when you pack.

The #1 travel essential for me is my power bank.  I have just ordered a stronger one because we’re going to Europe, and I’m scared my phone will go dead. It can give my phone 2 full charges and is not too much larger than my first one.

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Left=one charge; Right=two charges for my phone

This black one will give my phone a full charge.  But sometimes my phone goes low on battery so fast on the airplane.  I like the look of this white power bank, and I think it is easy to pack even though it gives me twice the charge for my phone

Remember that these are my essentials; I do pack other items, but this post is geared toward travel essentials.

I pack these Apple headphones iphone-headphonesfor the airplane and I pack them in a container.

I used to take over the ear, they broke, then I ordered Skullcandy ones and cannot stand them because they fell out every time I moved.  But these headphones have the same feel as my son’s air pods…very secure in my ear. Some airplanes have entertainment on the plane and sometimes they do not have the free headphones they used to pass out.

Another travel essential is my own deodorant, not the wipes.  Although you save space, they do not work for me.

A travel essential for us is every airline’s app onto our phone.  Some show you where the plane is coming from, what gate it is departing from, how full the airplane is…helpful info.

We pack one dollar bills for shuttle tips for drivers or someone who helps with my suitcase. 

My essential is to pack my usual moisturizer; when I am away from my doctor is not when I want to try a new skin care product.

When I travel to a foreign country I make sure to have my credit card phone numbers listed on a piece of paper or in my phone in case I need to call them for a pickpocketing situation.  I have a 9 Safety Travel Tips video I will link up here or below in the description box.  While you’re down there, hit the bell beside the Subscribe button.

For makeup essentials only, I pack my own foundation and a light eyeshadow with at least one accent color, my eyeliner and mascara. I sometimes take a lot more makeup than these essentials; you can watch that video as well.

pack-shampoo-travel-essentialI pack my own shampoo. Some travelers save space by just waiting until they get to a hotel to use their travel size shampoo. I have to use my own shampoo because my scalp is sensitive.

I also pack a hoodie in my backpack, but one you may prefer is a scarf.  I pack polarized sunglasses because – midlife eye health.

I have learned to not forget to pack a nail file when I travel.  Do you have a case for your nail file? pack-fingernail-file

I just bought one on Amazon and I love it.  Look at the sleek design.  My husband laughed out loud when I told him I wanted a case for mine because it scrapes my hand when I’m reaching for something in my bag or purse. nail-file-container

Another travel essential is a screenshot of my ticket to get through security and onto the airplane.  It’s faster than trying to pull up the email to me or even getting it off of the app.

I love taking a phone prop since I do not use popsockets anymore. phone-prop

I pack a crossbody bag or purse especially if my husband isn’t going to be there because I will need the keys and my reading glasses case needs to be able to fit in there. Also when we go to Europe, they need to be off of me because I will most likely be wearing a down jacket, bulky scarf and a hat.

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It ain’t pretty, but it holds alot!

I always pack Equal packets.  I can tell the difference between that and Sweet n Low.

Let me know your travel essential below in the comments section.  For more toiletries, you can watch my video about packing toiletries.

I always, almost always pack a pen.  One time I needed it and didn’t have it or my journal…I always pack a journal.  It’s more enjoyable than typing something in my notes section of my phone.

An essential I have used for years is my thick Gold Bond Diabetic Lotion.pack-lotion

I pack it in these essential containers. travel-container-for-lotion-and-vaseline  I usually pack one filled with vaseline too.

I always pack my ID and insurance card.

Another essential is my vitamins and supplements, and I was just gifted this pill travel case with a very sleek and professional design. travel-pill-case-organizer

You can use a 20% discount  if you use code TRAVELTIPS20.

Very professional looking!

One of my most needed travel essentials is an extra pair of socks to wear around the hotel room or the house we will vacation in.

I always pack kleenex.

A smart travel essential is to take worn in shoes – not new shoes because blisters.  Just ask my brother who wore new sneakers to walk around DC all day when he visited us.

One of my favorite travel essentials is to pack outfit pieces that can mix and match. outfit-pieces-mix-and-match

My husband is a pilot, and he has a lot of charging cords and plugs and etc.  He and I both take a container for our charging cords.  Mine is a cute bag.  But let me show you what we found to travel with. cord-winding-organizers

There are these cord winding things which are my favorite.  The large is for your laptop long cord or iPhone.  A hack is to wrap your cord around a business card or a cut-in-half note card. larger-cord-organizers-recoil

I bought these (they come in different sizes), but we use the smallest recoil cord winder for just the phone.  One end goes into my phone, and the other goes into the block plug.  We found that we do NOT utilize the recoil thing but a pro is that we do not have to re-wind the cord with every use and every time we pack it away.  We just pull them out a little bit.  We store the blocks that plug into the wall separately.  I have used this hard shell container a few times, and I only need this if I’m taking my laptop; I do not take it as often because it’s a hard shell case. travel-tech-cord-organizer-hard-shell

I find that I can fit these pouches more easily than a hard shell cord organizer that is this large.

I hope these 35 travel essentials will help you when you make your packing list.  These are all allowed on the plane and through carryon security.

Other videos you may like:

33 Travel Hacks

What NOT to Do When You Travel

29 Items You CANNOT Take

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32 Tips for What NOT to Do When You Travel

I’m sharing 32 Tips for What NOT to Do When You Travel. These are tips on what not to do at the airport, what not to do in the airplane, what not to do in a foreign city, and what not to pack.

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The number one tip for what not to do when you travel is do not over pack.  I have many travel tips to help with packing methods and for packing toiletries. Do not take an outfit for every day of travel.  Mix and match your clothes that you pack.suitcase beside backpack

Do not pack too big of a personal item bag.  Your travel personal bag is supposed to be able to fit under your airplane seat.  Your airline’s website has a luggage size requirements that will help.  Mostly if you use common sense, your bag will be fine.  I travel with a huge back pack, and it fits all sizes of airplanes that I have been in here in America as well as in Europe.

Do not keep travel documents put away in your bags until it is your turn.  Have them out; you can have them in your pocket when 4 people are in front of you in the security line.  Or you can have them in the closest pocket that is easiest and fastest to get to.

Do not hold up the line in security.gray-bin-security-line-airport

So do not wear a belt.  Do not wait until the last minute to untie your shoes. Do not wait until the last minute to take out your liquids bag.  Have the zipper of your carryon unzipped so you just have to take out the liquids bag and then put your backpack on the security conveyor belt.

Do not try to be funny with TSA by saying, “what do you think I could do with a knife that size!” and then use a terroristic idea.  You most likely will not fly that day if you do AND you will hold up the line for other responsible travelers.

Do not wear lace-up shoes into the airport through security if you can help it.  It takes too long to untie them and then tie them back.

Do not be in a hurry.  You have paid for this trip.  You are being responsible and planning wisely before you even get to the airport. Passengers tend to make mistakes like lose an ID or their ticket when they get in a hurry.  If you make a mistake in the security line, it’s okay. Take a breath, keep your thoughts together and keep going.

Do not be rude to gate agents who are telling you your flight is delayed again.  They have no control over it, and they have no control over the screens being updated.  The communication sometimes is so bad, and they are just the messenger.

Do not expect the flight attendants to put your bag in the overhead bin.  Ask them nicely as you are getting on the plane.  You could also ask a nice gentleman sitting near your seat if he will help you. Do not say, “I can’t lift this up there.”airplane-seats-and-overhead-bins

Do not wear tight clothes on the airplane.  Sit and see how much the button is poking into your belly.  Also, be careful of tight trousers or jeans around your calves.  They can constrict blood flow and cause awful blood clots for some people.  I can recommend compression socks or leggings.  There are also compression sleeves-footless compression sleeves for your calves.compression-socks

Do not keep ringing the flight attendant call button.  They are not waitresses; they are there for your safety. The free drinks are bonus.

Do not leave home without Tylenol; if you have a fever, it will help stave off some of the effects of an infection until you can get to a doc or get through the flight home.

Do not expect to sit with your family even if you have chosen seats.  Just check when you check in and print your tickets.  If you’re not together, tell the gate agent.  Usually the flight attendants are the ones who will correct the problem.  You can also ask someone to move.  It is kind of like that Seinfeld skit where he rents a car online and gets there and there is no car available.

In a carryon suitcase do not put containers in your liquids bag that are larger than 3.4 ounces /100 ml.  Like you cannot carry a large shampoo bottle even though there are just a few drops of shampoo in it.  The containers and the amounts that go in the liquids bag must be no larger than 3.4 ounces.

Do not forget that you can sign up easily for the State Department for updates to your phone if civil unrest or if there is a family emergency.  In my 9 Safe Travel Tips video, I also give you an app for finding out the emergency numbers in 70 different countries.  I’ll link that video below in the description box.  Lots of safe tips!

Do not talk loudly on the park and ride bus or in the boarding area.  It makes you look uneducated technology-wise which is something pick pocketers love.

Do not take bulky headphones.  There are so many loop over the ear kinds now that save you space in your travel bag.

Do not take a tupperware of tuna salad.  The smell is awful to other passengers, but you’re stuck with the tupperware the whole trip.  But I have done it before and just throw away that tupperware.  It’ll show up in the cabinet days later anyway!

Move to the side of the terminal if you want to stop and pull out your documents or ticket to see where your gate is.  Those terminals are narrow and passengers need to be able to keep traffic moving.terminal-narrow

At every airport there are now really good water fountains that you can fill an aluminum or plastic water bottle.  Tip: you can bring a water bottle through security that is filled with ice.  If some has melted, just drink the melted part before getting in line.  Solid ice packs are also allowed but not if they’re room temperature.

There was an article recently that talked about how flight attendants do not want you to order a Diet Coke or any soda because it took so long for the bubbles to dissipate, but I do not think that is the case.

Don’t let airline’s booking system give you a tight connection.  An example would be less than one hour for domestic flights.  For International flights, try not to have a tight connection if it’s the last flight of the day.  I remember people would come in to Dulles Int’l Airport from Germany, landing at 4 and running down the terminal that I was on for a 5:35 departure to Phoenix.

Do not pack any liquids in your personal bag or carryon bags that do not fit in your liquids quart size bag that will be pulled out when you go through security.  All liquids have to fit in one quart sized bag.

Do not feel bad if you need to use the restroom on the airplane, and the person beside you has fallen dead asleep.  It happens, and you will never see that person again.

You do not need to pack a travel inflatable pillow according to this pro packer.

Do not throw all of your clothes in.  Choose a packing method – rolling, packing cubes and there is even the kon mari folding method

Do not put all of your belongings back in your carryon at the conveyor belt in security.  Take the little bin over to the bench; then you can put your belt on, put your documents away securely and you do not delay the people behind you in line. police-house-check-when-travel

Do not forget to sign up for police house check program for your state.  Check your county.  I would google police house check montgomery county.  They ask you a few questions, and will periodically-not set times or days-drive by and maybe walk around your house to make sure all is safe. If you have not seen my 9 travel safety tip video, I list 9 other ways.

Fo international travel do not stand out for pick pocketers.  I have heard this from Love and London and Welters World – writing on your sweatshirts and graphic tees are not a thing over there.  Do not pack all of your money in only one place.  Hide it in some places like in my 19 Life Hacks video.  Do not wear bright white sneakers; if you do not have Converse, you can wear gray tennis shoes or Merrells or Skechers or Sofft shoes my new fave.

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7 Travel Tips to Pack Light

Hey there; here are 7 travel tips for packing light.  When you pack light for travel, you save space in your suitcase. I am showing you how to maximize your space in your suitcase and travel bag by packing light with these 7 tips.  I have 7 tips, but I’m breaking down each tip into details on how you can pack light.

The #1 Travel tip for packing light is: Pack so that your travel outfits do double duty

I wear a pair of jeans and pack one pair of pants in my travel bag. I’m saving space by only packing one pair of pants in my suitcase. One of my jeans looks dressier so it can be worn both in the day time and at a nice restaurant or show.  All the tops that I pack can mix and match with these two pairs of pants. I can easily have 7 travel outfits with space leftover in my suitcase.

The #2 travel tip for packing light is to use a backpack or duffle bag that can fit under your airplane seat as your personal item instead of just a purse.  I use a backpack as my personal bag because there is maximum amount of space, which means more space in my suticase.  1. Depending on where I go, I will use a light-weight cross body that can be rolled and stored in my backpack and pulled out when I get to my destination.    2. I can pack a sweater or jacket in the bottom of the backpack because there is more space than if I took a purse.  I recommend rolling that sweater or jacket.  And now if I get cold, I do not have to pull my suitcase out of the over head bin looking for my jacket.  It’s in my personal item backpack. 3. I pack my liquids and medicines in that backpack that is right underneath my airplane seat.  That equals 3 items that are now in my backpack, leaving more space in my suitcase.

The #3 travel tip for packing light is to blend travel outfit colors (Monochromatic on some days, black, blue, gray)

I recommend black pants or gray jeans and blue jeans. I recommend red top, white or light gray top, and a black t-shirt.  All tops match with any of those jeans.  Scarf and cardigans can dress up an outfit, and they take up minimal space in your suitcase. A scarf and jewelry are light weight, and they add color and personality to your travel outfits.  Blending colors does not mean boring.  Even your fingernail colors can add some personality to your blue or black outfit.

The #4 travel tip for packing light is to wear your heaviest clothing and shoes onto the airplane so those items are not taking up space in your suitcase.

I wear my tall boots.  I wear my thick cardigan.  I wear jeans.  My mom wanted to wear leggings for her long haul flight to Israel, but I encouraged her to wear jeans.  She had enough space in her suitcase, so she opted to wear leggings and not take my travel advice. Humph!

I really think this 5th tip is key to packing light: write down each outfit per day after I lay out outfits.  Visually, it helps you see what can be mixed and matched.  I was going to add in this cute sweater from Nordstrom.  It doesn’t really go with black jeans so it’s taking up extra space.  If it’s not a multi-tasker, the item will not help you pack light.  Toss it.

Pack a small amount of basic makeup items with one deep accent color for your eyeshadow or lips.  I pack a burgundy color as my accent piece.  To save space you can pack small pallets like this Mary Kay one that contains blush and three of my neutral eyeshadows.  Then There is a deep brown and blue here for accents.  I pack this Japonesque pallet because it’s flat and matte.  But I am allergic to red dye on my eyes so that’s why I bring this dye-free burgundy from Young Living. This makeup pallet saves space because it’s basically the thickness of my travel pouch where I pack makeup.  I can use 2 of these colors for my blush. I TRY to only bring a few brushes, but do not take for granted the little brushes that are in those supermarket eyeshadow palettes.  They’re small and great space-savers for travel. I never throw those brushes away.  I can use them for 5 days.

The 7th tip for packing light is to use cubes.  They squish and smush your items into compartments that really do give you more room in your suitcase.  The packing cubes are moldable; it’s not like you’re putting shoe boxes in your suitcase.  They shape to what you need. I made a video about that comparing rolling method vs packing cubes; you can check it out by clicking any of the i cards at any time during my videos.

There you have the 7 travel tips to help you pack light.  If you have a packing light tip, let us know.  We are becoming a little community here on Travel Tips by Laurie.  So join in! Thank you for watching!