Three Packing Tips For Smooth Traveling On Your Next Vacation | On Air with Ryan Seacrest

Summer is around the corner which means summer vacation! But with vacation comes packing and we all know packing can be the worst.

Ryan Seacrest shared some tips on-air that could help your next trip go more smoothly.


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Summer is around the corner which means summer vacation! But with vacation comes packing and we all know packing can be the worst.

Ryan Seacrest shared some tips on-air that could help your next trip go more smoothly.


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“There’s no shortcut to packing smart” TSA gives travel tips ahead of Summer travel season

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The summer travel season is approaching.

While Your summer travel plans may be taking off, but members of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) say you’ve got things to plan for before you’re in the air.

According to TSA, it takes around five minutes to get through one of their checkpoints, but they say that time can increase dramatically if even one person doesn’t do the necessary research as to what you can bring.

So what can you bring?

Liquids or items like toothpaste in your carry-on bags must be below three point four ounces, but larger containers are allowed in checked bags.

Items deemed medical necessary liquids like saline solution, breast milk and even baby food are allowed on carry-ons.

 “You just needed to tell the agent when you’re going through the line that you have something that is bigger than that, because it will be screened separately and differently,” said Jessica Mayle, the TSA Regional Spokesperson.

TSA recommends starting with a empty bag and going from there with the main reason being that you might have forgotten to take something out from a previous trip.

While displaying a table full of items, Mayle gave a visual representation of what TSA has been seeing just in the Rapid City Regional Airport.

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“These have all been collected at the checkpoint over the last few months, so not a very long period. This kind of gives you an idea of how many of these types of prohibited items we are seeing at the checkpoint.” Mayle said.

One final message from TSA is to give yourself ample time for everything that comes with your travel.

“Don’t just think about going through TSA, but (also) parking your car, checking your bags, you know the whole every step, you know, it’s two minutes here, eight minutes here. It kind of adds up, so give yourself plenty of time,” Mayle said.

For a more complete list of what you can bring, click here. By clicking the link, you can search anything you’re looking to bring to see if its allowed.

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Unlikely camping gear to put on your packing list

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I spent four months in 2017 seeing the 18 states I had never been to before. I thought I’d packed everything: I had the tent, the sleeping bag, the sleeping pad, the single-burner propane stovetop and two one-gallon jugs of water should I get stuck in the desert (which I almost did when a spark plug blew in Arizona). I even had a backup to my inflatable pillow. But what did I forget? Scissors.

Two years later, when I drove from New Jersey to Death Valley National Park, and my hair was so knotted that the hair tie got stuck in it, what had I once again forgotten? Scissors.

Fortunately, when I drove to Key West, Fla., in January and the tag from my bathing suit top would not stay inside said suit, I had remembered the scissors. I’m not a fool three times (at least when it comes to this).

If you’re headed out to camp this summer, as millions of Americans will, here are six things you might not think you need, until you absolutely need them.

Yes, you can use a knife, or the tiny scissors that are part of a multi-tool utility knife. But sometimes you just need the size and leverage that a pair of real scissors offers. I didn’t want to be holding a knife blade up to my bathing suit, especially when scissors let me clip the tag while wearing the suit. I now keep a small pair in the glove box of my car.

Welcome mat for your tent

Camping is by nature dirty, muddy and dusty. If you’re sleeping in a tent, you don’t need to bring that muck in with you. A small welcome mat can not only make your spot seem cozier, but also keep the grit of the outdoors as outside as possible. You can opt for a small mat made for RVs, or you can get creative and make one to fit the size you need. Mine is a piece of artificial turf from Veteran’s Stadium, the Philadelphia Phillies stadium that was imploded in 2004. My father, who worked on the construction of their new park, saw a roll about to be tossed and strapped it to the roof of his car.

You can, of course, keep your shoes or boots on the mat, but they may accumulate moisture overnight — or acquire a furry or slithery friend.

Things get wet while camping, especially if swimming, canoeing or kayaking is on your itinerary. A fuzzy towel might seem like a comfy idea, but a quick-drying towel will actually be ready by the next time you need it. Mine, which comes from REI, doesn’t even need to be hung up to recover from toweling off myself or the dog. Quick-drying towels are also good in a pinch to clear dew off your car windows in the morning.

Speaking of the need to dry: trees aren’t generally hard to come by while camping, but two trees perfectly situated for stringing a line between them can be. Instead, a clothesline with suction-cup ends can turn your car into a post. Generally, these clotheslines come with cups at both ends so if you have two cars, you can string between them, but it’s not necessary. I usually find a tree to tie one end around.

I would like to say that you’re going camping to completely get away, but WiFi is ubiquitous, even in campgrounds, these days. For that reason, I pack a place mat to serve as the base for my laptop. It will protect your technology, and it’s more versatile than a tablecloth. I have used it on picnic tables, on the hood of my car in a Walmart parking lot, and on outdoor dining tables at breweries and fast-food restaurants. My place mat is washable, too, so whenever I opt for a hotel and use the laundry roomor stop at a laundromat, the place mat gets washed, too.

If you’re going to a touristy area, you will find postcards everywhere: visitor centers, restaurants, gift shops and gas stations, just to name a few. But not many places sell postcard stamps, or stamps at all. Bringing them with you will save you the time and frustration of hunting down a post office that also happens to be open when you pass through. I buy them by the roll, which makes sending postcards to make my family and friends jealous both cheap and easy. Having a postmark from my far-flung location, rather than just mailing them when I get home, makes it all the more authentic too.

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6 Packing Tips For A Long Trip When You’re Only Taking A Carry-On

Traveling is a big part of my life as an airline pilot. Having a simple packing system makes my life easy. 

I am a self-proclaimed packing ninja. While chatting with a friend about one of the many trips my family has taken to Europe, I mentioned that we each travel with only a carry-on. Her eyes opened wide. “Really? How?” 

As employees, when we travel we are considered non-revenue passengers and don’t always know if we are going to get on the flight. We don’t “check” our bags; instead, we have created an easy system to pack for a long trip using a single roll-aboard. Working for an airline affords us access to the world, and we use it! Here, I’ll show you how easy it is to pack for a long trip with just one carry-on!

American Airlines carry-on size checker
Make sure your carry-on fits! (Photo Credit: Christy Karsten)

1. Pick The Right Size

The Transportation Security Administration and U.S. carriers dictate the size of the allowable carry-on, and you should have those measurements on hand when choosing your carry-on bag. Though exact limits vary by airline, allowed carry-on items generally can’t be larger than 22” x 14” x 9”. Most carriers also allow a personal item that can fit under the seat in front of you.

Weight limits are another variable to throw into this packing formula. Some airlines have a maximum weight limit for carry-ons. I once heard a great line from a flight attendant: “You pack it, you lift it!” But it seems like there is always a passenger close by to help lift a bag into an overhead bin should the situation arise. 

Pro Tip: International carriers and low-cost carriers often divert from this standard size, forcing you to pay an additional fee for a carry-on.

carry-on bag in stored in overhead compartment
Newer aircraft bins are designed to store more bags upright.
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2. Push Or Pull (But Don’t Spin)

Do you prefer to push or pull your bag? I prefer to pull my roll-aboard bag. I have found this to be the most practical, beneficial, and useful type of carry-on. 

Note that if you choose a “spinner” bag, you lose about 4” of precious packing space due to the exterior wheels. About the size of a large shoebox. This is because the wheels and handle must lie within the measurement to meet the standard size requirements as a carry-on. 

Crew members do a deep research dive when it comes to buying luggage. My suitcase has interchangeable rollerblade wheels that light up, a soft-sided durable fabric shell, heavy-duty zippers, and a ballistic plastic frame with a retractable pull handle. I hang my personal bag on a “J-hook,” and my roll-aboard is perfectly balanced when it glides effortlessly on rollerblade wheels. 

A spinner bag requires you to put your personal item on top and use the handle to hold it in place. This makes the bag top-heavy, awkward to push, and requires way too much effort to navigate. Prices vary on luggage, from a $79 roll-aboard from Marshalls to over a $1,000 Rimowa from Neiman Marcus. Each has its benefits and shortcomings. I prefer a soft-sided bag over a hard case because it’s easier to stuff. 

3. Plan, Plan, Plan!

In order to become a packing ninja, planning is the key to success. I will now share the Art of the Pack.

When packing for an extended vacation, each item in your wardrobe matters. Create a travel capsule wardrobe. A simplified, carefully chosen wardrobe with interchangeable pieces. Neutral shades work best with other neutrals, and splashes of color can be added with accessories, scarfs, hats, or bags. 

Before I pack, I lay out all my outfits and make sure each piece works with the entire wardrobe. Packing smart can make a few pieces into many outfits! Making a list a few weeks before the trip is essential for planning. I minimize makeup to a few key items. I don’t bring any hair electronics. 

Depending on the season, I usually have one or two pairs of pants, two shorts, two tanks, two T-shirts, one long sleeve shirt, a jacket, and a dress in my capsule wardrobe.

Pro Tips: Leave Some At Home, Leave Some In Paradise

Consider traveling with clothes you will donate along your journey, which frees up space in your bag to fill with clothes or souvenirs you buy on your trip. 

Leave your hair appliances at home. Most hotels offer a hairdryer. U.S. dryers and flat irons typically don’t work internationally, even with our plug converters. Many foreign countries use 220 volts, and we use 110 volts. Trust me, it won’t work! I speak from experience — don’t be that traveler who blows up the hotel’s electric panel!

4. Roll, Don’t Fold

I am a recent convert and must admit the roll method allows more items in the suitcase versus folding your garments. It also minimizes wrinkles. I stuff my undergarments in any open crevice. Place your sleeping shirt, if you wear one, on top so when you get to your first hotel it’s easy to grab and take a nap. 

I have used packing cubes before, but for me, it’s such a hassle to fill them. Some people swear by them and even encourage rolling clothes in the cube. Staying in one place does make sense, I will say, since you can pull the cubes out and drop them in a drawer. 

Pro Tip: Stay Clean

Pack a thin, small face cloth since most foreign countries don’t typically offer washcloths with linens. I also pack a small hotel bar of soap, shampoo, and conditioner from my prior travels, in case the place I am going to doesn’t offer this amenity. If I run out of room, it’s no problem to throw those items away.

5. On-Flight Wardrobe

I wear my bulkiest shoes on the flight, and I pack sandals and a spare closed-toe shoe in my bag. I wear the jacket on the flight because the cabin always seems so cold, freeing up space in my bag and doubling as a pillow.

6. A Personal Bag

In addition to the carry-on bag, a personal bag is permitted to fit under your seat. This bag is limited by size constraints, as well: 18” x 14” x 8’. Some options are a backpack, a tote bag, or a cubed luggage bag. I have used all three during my journeys but prefer a cubed luggage bag that clips effortlessly onto the “J-hook” hanging from the top of my suitcase. Multiple pockets create a space for everything, and everything has a space. 

I have a durable stainless steel thermos for water that fits in the side pocket. I keep all my personal items in this bag and never let it out of my sight. I also like the fact that it can make a great footstool if I’m jammed into a coach seat. I fill any open area in my personal bag with healthy protein snacks.

medicine, a sewing kit, and other things a pilot packs in her carry-on bag
Items pilot Christy Karsten always has in her carry-on bag
(Photo Credit: Christy Karsten)

6. Tricks Of The trade

I like to think of myself as MacGyver, and, if needed, I can jimmy up and repair something broken on the road. Here are some time-tested items that I always travel with and surprisingly use on almost every trip. Most of these items can be tucked into pockets within the suitcase: 

  • Ziploc bags, which are useful for food, wet bathing suits, and broken toiletries 
  • Bandages, a couple of zip ties, and a small sewing kit 
  • I bought a small, plastic sectioned container at the 99-cent store and filled it with just about every over-the-counter drug and labeled the box. It’s small, thin, and fits in the sidewall of my suitcase. 
  • I put my laundry soap sheets and a reusable grocery tote on the other side of the box since most stores charge for grocery bags. 
  • I tuck a travel umbrella, sheets of paper, envelopes, plastic cutlery, and copies of my passport into the sidewalls of my suitcase.
  • I have small, zippered bags that contain earplugs, eye masks, and chapstick, plus a small bag for chargers and electric plugs for various outlet types. 
  • My iPad with downloaded movies in case the movie screen on the airplane doesn’t work. 
  • Once at my destination I use a small, crossover travel purse that easily fits in my suitcase. 

Pro Tips: Sink Washing

If you must wash undergarments in the sink, use Lazy Coconuts laundry sheets. They are amazing, chemical free, and do a fabulous job! They are extra-thin sheets of laundry soap that are easy to pack and clean so well! Then hang your clothes to dry using a pants hanger with clips in the shower or window. 

Passengers waiting for their bags at the carousel
Passengers waiting and waiting for their bags at the carousel (Photo Credit: Christy Karsten)

To Check Or Not To Check

Nobody wants to hear statistics for airlines’ lost baggage or the nightmare that someone experienced on a trip of a lifetime without their luggage. Time is a gift on holiday. Don’t waste an hour anxiously standing and staring at the luggage carousel for your bag to pop out. Grab your bag from the overhead and go! On an international flight, odds are you will be in front of your fellow 300 travel mates in the customs line or taxi line while they are still waiting at the carousel for their checked bags. 

Cleared For Takeoff 

I like the ease and low-stress option of traveling with my bags at all times. I can bob and weave effortlessly in and around the airport. Most importantly, I don’t overpack! 

Hopefully, these tips from this road warrior in the sky can help you streamline your next traveling adventure. Now book your tickets and start packing! 

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Suitcase packing tips: Effective method to ‘save a lot of space’ | Travel News | Travel

Many flight attendants have recommended using “portable clothes pouches” or “clothes cubes” to store clothes in the suitcase in order to save space. However, there is another method which is reportedly much more effective.

Flight attendant Rhiannon Corbett said while talking about how to pack for the next holiday: “Do consider the benefits of rolling your clothes rather than folding.

“Tightly rolling clothes into compact pieces not only allows for fitting more items into the suitcase but it also cuts down on creases.

“Do try use packing cubes or clothes pouches.

“Packing cubes are a great way to compress your clothing and accessories to maximise space in your suitcase, organise your items and prevent items moving around while travelling.”

READ MORE: Simon Calder shares essential tip amid passport chaos

Flight attendant Miguel Muñoz also recommended the same method and advised against vacuum packing as most travellers won’t be able to use a vacuum at their holiday destination.

Vacuum-packing is a method of placing clothing and other items into a bag and sucking the air out of it with a vacuum. This removes the excess air and makes items as compact as possible.

He said: “I think clothes pouches are definitely the best way to pack your clothes. It may seem silly but you can fit more clothes in your suitcase than without these.

“Vacuum packing is a big mistake because you can do that on the way there, but probably you won’t have a vacuum to use on your destination to pack for your way back.”


“Nice and compact and no batteries to worry about.”

However, other users said it can take a long time with ‘Cornflake’ saying: “I needed a travel size vacpack.

“It does what it says on the box, it does work.

“But it takes such a long time, to do a medium bag with two dressing gowns took 15 mins. Just a heads up,” he warned.

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Suitcase packing tips: How to ‘pack for four weeks in a carry-on’ without incurring a fee | Travel News | Travel

The concept of packing all of your belongings into hand luggage for more than one week may seem impossible to many people, but according to a Reddit user, it can be done. All it takes is a little bit of planning, some sacrifice and a clever folding method.

The user recommended wearing layers of your “bulkiest items”, such as jumpers or coats, onboard the flight.

Booking a hotel or accommodation that has access to laundry facilities, or finding out where your nearest laundrette is, can help to keep clothing items fresh.

The user said: “If you are travelling for the holidays ship your gifts.”

In order to help travellers, the Reddit user also compiled a list of the exact garments they packed into their suitcase.

This included six work shirts, two pairs of trousers, an “appropriate quantity” of underwear, four undershirts, four gym shirts, six regular t-shirts, two pairs of shoes, one pair of sweat pants and two pairs of gym shorts.

Next comes the actual task of fitting these items into your size restricted bag.

Luckily, the user also shared a savvy insight into exactly how they folded everything.

To begin, stack shirts “neatly with the shoulders at one edge of the bag.

Leave the sleeves and bottom half of shirts to hang out, then place folded trousers on top of the shirts.

The user notes these should be “snug against three sides of the bag and overlapping as little as possible in the middle.

Next, neatly put the shirt sleeves over the trousers, before pulling the bottom of the shirts up over the packed items.

Rockem_Sockem said: “I pulled them snug to the pants, which leaves a couple of inches of space available at one side of the bag.”

According to the user, a “crucial” space-saving tip is to put socks inside of shoes. Then, put underwear and t-shirts along the “long side of the bag”.

On the right-hand side, fold all t-shirts normally and then in half again. The user says this “allows for ideal layering options”.

Finally, add in the gym shoes and sweatpants at the very top before securing the bag.

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Suitcase packing tips: ‘Stop rolling’ – How ‘folding’ method could help you ‘carry more’ | Travel News | Travel

Airline luggage restrictions can vary, with some airlines restricting passengers to certain weight limits, and others setting out specific suitcase sizes. For Britons preparing for their next holiday, figuring out how to get everything into their suitcase might be a struggle.

However, one Reddit user has revealed a “folding” method that they claim will enable you to “carry more” and even reduce the likelihood of wrinkled clothes.

Posting under the name MysteryMeat101, the user said they “stopped rolling” their clothes and started “folding” instead.

They explained: “I stopped rolling and folding and my clothes are less wrinkled when I arrive and I can carry more in the same space.”

Not only does the hack fit more clothes into your bag, the user also says it makes the packing process much faster.

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Speaking in her Netflix TV show, which aired in 2019, she said: “Because I fold my clothing using the KonMari Method, it’s easy for me to pack quickly the day before I travel – which is usually the case since I travel often.

“Not only does this folding technique keep clothing neat and wrinkle-free, it also maximises the space of the suitcase.”

According to the lifestyle guru, packing vertically instead of horizontally save space.

This means she stands her clothes side by side, in soldier style, as opposed to sandwiches alongside each other horizontally.

How to do the folding method

To do the “folding” method, the Reddit user said you must fold your clothes in a sort of “pile”.

They explained: “I lay the first item on the bed or floor.

“Then I lay the next item rotated 90 degrees on top of that.

“I keep rotating 90 degrees and layering until I have everything in a pile.

“I finish with my underwear and socks on top in the middle.

“Then I fold all four corners and shove it in my suitcase.”

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I’m a Fashion Writer and These Are My Best Packing Tips

As with anything, when it comes to packing, it’s no secret that practice tends to make perfect (or as perfect as you can get when you’re figuring out which of your belongings to throw in a bag). The more you do it, the easier it gets—but there’s no use suffering in the meantime. If I’m an expert on anything, it’s packing, and I have a laundry list of packing tips to share from my experiences.

Nothing can put a damper on a trip as quickly as a horribly packed bag can, and after a whole lot of trial and even more error, I’ve got my packing system down pat. From the perfect luggage to a cosmetic case I swear by, I’ve turned packing from something I dread into something I look forward to.

Ready to prepare for your next trip? We’ve got you covered with these expert-backed packing tips.


Make a packing list

If you do one thing before your trip, make it this. A few days before you really have to buckle down and start packing, write everything you need in your notes divided by category: clothing, toiletries, technology, important documents, random (specific for that trip). As you pack, check the items off one by one to avoid forgetting anything.


Invest in your luggage

This might sound obvious, but the significance is so important to remember. If you buy a cheap suitcase, the bottom line is that there’s a chance it might not survive the wear and tear that comes with travel. Think of your suitcase this way: When you travel constantly, your body feels tired and worn down, and the same goes for your suitcase. Rather than buying one you’ll need to replace in few years, spend the money on one you know is going to last now (it’ll save you money in the long run).

Pro tip: We all want the basic black, silver, or beige suitcase, but if you have the chance to get a color that’s different, do it! That way, when it comes out on the luggage carousel, you’ll immediately know it’s yours.


Utilize the magic of packing cubes

If you haven’t ever used packing cubes, you’re missing out on one of the easiest ways to make packing easier. Nowadays, they have cubes to pack your entire wardrobe, but in my experience, you only really need a large, medium, and small. I pack my underwear, bras, and socks into one and it’s made it so much easier to find my intimates (which are easy to lose in a suitcase). I also use others to keep together similar categories: layering tanks, workout attire, and even “remote working” supplies. Here is one of my favorites:


Don’t fold your clothes, roll them

While it’s instinctual to fold your clothes into your bag, rolling them can actually save a ton of space in your bag and ward off unnecessary wrinkles. Section off your clothes by genre (shirts, pants, etc.) and organize them based on piece. Then, not only will you save space, but you’ll also know exactly where all of your clothes are in your bag.

Furthermore, to avoid unnecessary crushing of delicate pieces like straw bags and embellished shoes, make sure to put all the heavier clothing items on the wheel side of your bag. That way, the more delicate pieces will be more secure in your bag. 


Organize your jewelry

I feel like jewelry is always the last thing we think about for trips or something we easily forget. When you do remember to pack your fun earrings or statement necklaces, the last thing you want is for pieces to get damaged. I just started using a hardshell jewelry case and it has been so great to have everything organized and I know it will get there in one piece. I have a small hardshell for my everyday jewelry: small hoops, gold rings, and an everyday watch. Then, I have another for those fun pieces you bring specifically for that Insta-worthy shot.


Consider a clear cosmetic case

Once I became a clear cosmetic case convert, I don’t know how I ever traveled without one. Not only does it allow you to see everything you have in your bag so you can easily grab what you’re looking for, but it also makes security far more seamless. 

A clear case will also help any leakage or spillage that happens since it can easily be rinsed out with no evidence left behind. Also, who doesn’t love a monogrammed situation?


Wear slip-on shoes

When heading to the airport, I always travel in a pair of workout sneakers that are an easy “get on, get off.” I love these Reebok Guresu 1.0 version sneakers, as they have an elastic insert in the middle of the structure, so they are lace-up but I’ve never had to tie them more than once due to this insert.


Don’t forget a laundry bag

The last thing you want is to mix up your clean pieces with your dirty. Bring a laundry bag so when you get home, it’s an easy pour into your washer. Don’t have one or forgot one? Keep any of your souvenir bags and use one of those!


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