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The do's and don'ts of packing


Packing for a trip in 2017 is a little different than it was a few years ago, especially if you are traveling by air. There are plenty of guidelines and restrictions in place that will determine what you can or can’t pack. Also, there are security checkpoints everywhere these days, even at subway station platforms and train terminals, where bags can be randomly searched.

One way to avoid all of the restrictions is to travel by car. But, that isn’t always practical, especially if you are heading to a busy city like Los Angeles. Dealing with the traffic and parking can be a little rough for those who aren’t used to it. If traveling to the city, consider using our LA car service to help you get around easily and in comfort.

Here are a few tips for what to and not to pack when traveling.

Pack Light

Packing light is recommended if you are flying, or have to schlep luggage on a train, bus, subway, or other rail systems. The rule of thumb is to pack a carry-on size bag with your personal items and clothing that can be stored in any overhead compartment, or held on your lap. Pack an additional bag with your electronics, important documents, and reading material. This could be a laptop bag that can be stored under the seat in front of you or a small backpack that can be worn over your shoulders.

Plastic Bags

Never toss your liquid toiletries in with your clothing without first placing them in sealable plastic bags. This is really important when flying because fluids can expand in a pressurized cabin. The last thing you want is your clothes covered in hair gel or moisturizer. Bring extra plastic bags to toss your dirty or wet clothes and shoes into for the return trip.

Bring Only Strict Necessities

Keep in mind that you can pick up items when you arrive in LA. There isn’t anything you won’t be able to find. With that in mind, pack your most essential necessities, such as medications, sunscreen, charging devices, a collapsible umbrella, and maybe some healthy snacks in case you are delayed and stuck in transit.

Don’t Pack Valuables

Leave expensive jewelry at home. You can accessorize with a classic watch, costume jewelry, and a couple of colorful scarves or ties. The same goes for electronic devices and cameras. Only bring what is going to fit easily in the hotel room safe.

Copy Documents

Always make copies of your important documents, such as a passport, driver’s license, and TSA card. Keep originals on you. Place copies in another bag, and leave copies at home where someone can access them on your behalf if need be.

Packing for travel generally starts out as a grandiose effort. That’s ok, as long as you realize you may have to edit down. Just remember that you can buy what you might need or have forgotten. When you get to town, take advantage of our LA ground transportation to get you to your hotel or around the city. It is a safe and worry free way to navigate a place like Los Angeles.

Posted on Mar 21 2017

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