How to Avoid Checking a Bag & Other Travel Tips

One of the biggest hassles when it comes to air travel is waiting for baggage (and chasing it down when it doesn’t show up). I am not an avid traveler, but I seem to be air-bound at least a few times a year. So here are some tips for your next trip!

Shop the travel section at Target. Here is what I have in my gallon sized plastic bag for London (all 3ozs or less):

From the left: Bronzing lotion (this is a travel bottle that I bought and filled myself), shampoo, conditioner, face wash, mouthwash, lotion, and hairspray. 

 Bring snacks! Airport foot is expensive and unimpressive.    

Check the weather forecast. I get the feeling it can be pretty rainy in London so I jumped at the chance to use my Lulu Lemon raincoat that folds up into one of the pockets :

Plan outfits that allow you to re-wear certain pieces. And roll your clothes instead of folding them.

I think I learned this tip from a high school friend that was wise beyond her years. 

I also found out the hard way that airlines are cracking down on the 10kg per carry-on rule (that supposedly has always been in existence, however, unenforced). 

I also threw in my lucky charms for good measure:


And converted some cash money before we left (ok, actually I can’t take credit for this one… Thank you Kris!) 


Lastly, load up that kindle and try to enjoy the ride! 

What are your favorite travel tips?


4 thoughts on “How to Avoid Checking a Bag & Other Travel Tips

  1. I rarely check baggage (well, okay, that’s a different story now with a kid) but it is such a pain! I just tell myself that I’m traveling, I’ll never see these people again and that I can wear the same pieces over and over again 😉 I’ve learned to just use hotel products rather than bringing my own and to try on everything before packing it. If I don’t like it that much pre-vacay, I won’t want to wear it while I’m traveling. I hope you’re having fun in London!


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