With baggage limitations that vary from airline to airline and change almost daily, packing for a trip is a real challenge. When you throw in local travel abroad, it can be downright daunting.
Veteran travelers know that packing smart hinges on a more-is-less approach. Travel writer and TV personality Rick Steves sets his limit at one 9" × 22" × 14" bag that will fit in most overhead bins and weighs no more than 20 pounds. Impossible, you say? Not if you follow some simple guidelines, think things through, and shop for travel-tested gear at Magellans.com.
Realize that unless you’re headed for a couple of weeks in the middle of the Amazon jungle or the Kalahari Desert, you don’t need to load up on consumables like soap, toothpaste, or cosmetics. They take up space, add unnecessary weight, and are easily bought at nearly any location overseas or the United States. It’s not like people in London or Tokyo or Fargo don’t bathe or wear lipstick. Take what you’ll require en route and immediately upon arriving at your destination; buy the rest when the need arises.
Logic tells you to not over-pack, but just what does that mean? It means to rethink what you’re going to be hauling through airports, onto buses and taxis, and across streets and bridges. Stop thinking about what would be nice to have and focus on what you can’t do without. If circumstances change when you arrive, you’ll have an opportunity to live like a local and shop where they shop. A wool sweater purchased in Dublin or a Balinese sarong will evoke fond memories long after your trip is over.
When you’ve pared down to the bare essentials, load up a single suitcase. If you start with a TourSafe 22 Anti-Theft Carry-On bag by PacSafe®, you’ll have plenty of room, and you’ll be protected from pickpockets and slash-and-grab artists. Its ballistic nylon exterior is backed with slash-proof stainless steel mesh. The ToughZip™ zipper keeps the main compartment safe from forced entry and fastens to concealed clips to guard against pickpockets. It has a zippered front pocket that holds a 13” laptop or tablet and interior pockets to keep your things secure and organized. Smooth-rolling wheels and a telescoping handle make it easy to maneuver and it fits in standard overhead bins.
Magellan’s StowAways keep your things compact and organized. This collection of 11 packing aids are made specifically for Magellans.com and include Cinch Folders that keep 8-12 shirts, skirts, or dresses compact and wrinkle-free. Compression Sacks create flat, airtight packages to save precious space in your suitcase. The StowAways line also has shoe bags, jewelry cases, and separate cases for easy access to electronics.
If your travels will take you outside the U.S., don’t forget a Travelon 3-in-1 Adaptor/Converter/Charger with its built-in USB port and the four most common adaptor plugs for over 150 countries in North America, Pacific/Australia, Europe and the UK. It also has a 220-to110 automatic voltage converter.
From its kitchen-table startup by travel professionals in 1989, Magellan’s has grown to be one of the world’s leading travel accessory companies. Our knowledgeable staff of nearly 100 is committed to making your travel safer, more comfortable and richly rewarding.
We welcome you to visit us in person at one of our Southern California retail locations and invite you to browse our online catalog for all your travel accessory needs. You can always shop securely with the knowledge that we stand behind our products 100%. If you’re not completely happy with your purchase, we’ll make it right or cheerfully refund your full purchase price. While you’re on our web site, be sure to check out our Deal of the Week and other great sales and specials, too.
Wherever you may be heading, Magellan’s is your source for compact and casual comfort and convenience that makes your packing safe and smart.