1. Condense your wallet.
I’m talking about taking only the essentials. You don’t need to travel with that Costco membership or Nordstrom credit card. Keep it simple and you will thank yourself later especially if the unfortunate happens (stolen or lost wallet). I also bring a smaller wallet that easily fits into any purse or clutch. I bring: 1 major credit card, bank debit ATM card, driver’s license, and some cash.
2. Keep a go-to toiletries bag
Depending on how frequently you travel, this is a huge time saver. I bought a separate full size deodorant, razor, toothbrush, comb, face wipes, small roller perfume, and travel sized: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and toothpaste. I keep it all together in a drawer in my bathroom and replace items as necessary. This helps me not forget last minute items I use the morning before I leave like my razor or deodorant. I put all liquids in a quart sized TSA approved bag.
3. Pack important items in your carry on
Going to a wedding? Make sure your dress/suit and shoes are in that carry on bag. I would go so far as to make sure it is in the smaller bag you can easily slide under the seat in front of you for more assurance it will not have to be gate checked. Airlines are not perfect and your bag may not get to your destination for up to a few days so plan ahead. I usually pack 2 days worth of outfits in my carry on for that purpose. Just ask yourself, “What can I not live without?”, and pack it in your carry on.
4. Keep your purse inside your bag
Federal regulations only allow you to have 2 carry on bags. I like having a separate smaller cross body bag to carry my essentials, but I make sure it can fit into my backpack or small carry on that fits under the seat in front of me. I like to keep everything in the cross body that I need for my flight: headphones, phone/Ipad, book, and wallet.
5. Add a dryer sheet and trash bag
I hate when my clean clothes start to smell like the dirty clothes right next to them in my luggage. My solution: A dryer sheet and a trash bag. I put dirty clothes in a trash bag, especially damp swim suits. In my clean clothes pile, I put a dryer sheet in the middle. Try it, and you won’t go back to your old ways again.