Are you traveling this labor day? We love that there is still time to experience the best of the warm weather as we wind down and prepare for back-to-school. To help us with some packing advice, we chatted with SailorBags, a company that makes bags from sturdy sailcloth, including the new Tri-Sail Collection, who shared some great ways to enjoy this long weekend with some easy packing tips.
Skip the bag check. Every minute on a vacation is precious. By not checking your bags you’ll save both time and money. The SailorBags Large Duffel easily holds one week’s worth of clothing and stows easily in an overhead bin. Try a Space Bag and vacuum seal your way to more space—you’ll uncover more room for shoes, a toiletries bag and hairdryer.
Have the day bag ready. Preparing one bag with everything you need (for everyone) for the first day is helpful, especially if your hotel room isn’t ready upon arrival. Use the Medium Tote for easy access to swimsuits, a light change of clothes, sunglasses and sun hats. This travels well as a carry-on in conjunction with the Large Duffel.
Choose versatile items. For example, use the Sailcloth Lunch Bag as a small carry-on or purse (particularly useful with little ones that need to tote crayons, action figures, etc.). Then bring it to the pool, beach or adventure park to keep drinks and snacks cold.
Ditch the hardcover for an eReader/iPad. Choose a SailorBags iPad Sleeve to safely store your electronic device. Then slip it into your purse for easy access on the plane or at the pool.
Separate the wet and grimy. Wet and sandy swimsuits, towels and toys are often an unwelcome souvenir to bring home. The Small Stow Bag comes in handy when you need to separate soiled or wet items –toss it right into the laundry room when you arrive home.
Keep important items close. It’s easy to leave something behind during the hustle and bustle of travel. Keep all your really important items like boarding passes, identification, credit cards and hotel keys together in the Wristlet – easy to put inside your purse or bring separately for quick trips outside the room.
Do I really need this? Make a list of essential items and pack those first. Then take inventory of all the “extras” and ask yourself if you really need a particular item. Less is more when traveling.
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