Create a packing list in advance; last-minute packing stress can dampen your trip.
Prepare a kit of miniature toiletries in a waterproof plastic bag.
Pack tightly, don’t waste precious space.
Pack heavy items first in the bottom of your suitcase.
Include a collapsible tote bag for purchases made during your trip or to hold laundry or wet swimsuits and/or towels.
Stuff your shoes with rolled socks or underwear to avoid crushing them.
Roll pajamas, sweaters and other casual wear to fill small spaces. Avoid cramming your suitcase full to avoid broken hinges or zippers along the way.
For longer men’s and women’s business suits, drape the garment with the ends hanging over the sides of the suitcase, then fold shirts and blouses inside of the longer garment, stacking them to cushion one another and to prevent wrinkling. Lastly, fold the longer ends of the garment in, over the folded shirts, to complete the process.
Pack suit and sport coats inside-out to avoid accidental stains.
Remove old claim checks and confusing tags.
Pack shoes, boots, sneakers, and other footwear on top of other contents in your luggage.
Avoid over-packing your case so that a security screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection. If possible, spread your contents over several bags. Check with your airline or travel agent for maximum weight limitations.
Avoid packing food and drink items in checked baggage.
Don’t stack piles of books or documents on top of each other; spread them out within your baggage.
Do NOT pack or bring prohibited items to the airport. See permitted and prohibited items at www.tsa.gov.