packing http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7264/all en-US Moving? Don't Skimp on These Critical Expenses http://www.wisebread.com/moving-dont-skimp-on-these-critical-expenses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/moving-dont-skimp-on-these-critical-expenses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_empty_box_87950015.jpg" alt="Woman learning not to skimp on moving expenses" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Moving can be an expensive, daunting experience. Worst of all, many people spend unnecessary money on moving supplies and items they simply don't need. On the other hand, you don't want to be dealing with the loss of property or issues after the move because you tried to save a few bucks.</p> <p>The trick is to keep the purchases light, while getting everything you need to safely transport your items to your new destination in one piece. That's why we're here to help you determine what you should, and what you definitely <em>shouldn't</em> skimp on.</p> <h2>Professional Movers</h2> <p>Hiring professional movers may be one of the best things you do for your move. While some people like to rely on themselves, friends, and family members to load and unload the moving truck, this can be a huge waste of time and energy that could be better spent settling into your new place. This can also be a very stressful event that causes friction with friends and family members, so just leave the dirty work to the professionals.</p> <p>Quality professional movers will carefully load your items into the truck, and should adequately protect them so that you can move with the peace of mind that your items are going to make it to your new destination in one piece. In fact, most movers will arrive with moving blankets and padding to further protect any fragile items.</p> <h3>Contact at Least Three Moving Companies</h3> <p>While you will need movers, you want to be careful about who you entrust with all of your possessions. Not all movers are created equal (which you hopefully won't find out the hard way). Carefully research movers to ensure that you're getting what you're expecting. Ask neighbors for recommendations, check Yelp and the Better Business Bureau for customer reviews and complaints, and do your due diligence to find the best movers at the best value in your area.</p> <p>It's usually a good idea to contact at least three reputable moving companies so that you can compare their services and costs. You can also ask them to do an in-home estimate. This will ensure that you get a more accurate quote and it will allow you to gauge whether it's really a company you want to be working with. Make sure to carefully read the estimate or contract to verify what is included with the moving services before signing anything.</p> <h3>Additional Services Offered by Moving Companies</h3> <p>Some moving companies will also help you pack, but this is one expense that you may want to skip. If you are hard-pressed for time, or your move is quickly approaching, then it may be worth the investment to have your moving company help with the packing. Otherwise, roll up your sleeves and get to work, because it can save you big money in the end.</p> <p>Some moving companies will also offer free storage for up to 30 days, which can be very valuable to you if your new place isn't ready yet. If you think you'll need storage, it may be wise to look for a moving company that offers it for free, rather than hiring a separate moving and storage company, which will likely cost you more money and a bigger headache in the end.</p> <h2>Moving Insurance</h2> <p>Accidents happen, which is why you should be prepared for them. Moving insurance is an absolute necessity. It will provide you with peace of mind, and in the event that the unthinkable happens, you can receive full or partial reimbursement for your damaged or lost items. Just as you wouldn't skimp on health or auto insurance, you shouldn't skimp on moving insurance.</p> <p>Most moving companies will offer some form of general insurance, but this generally tends to be about $0.60 per pound. This means that if you have a 48-inch television that only weighs 25 pounds, if the movers should drop it and you have not paid for additional moving insurance, you would only be entitled to a reimbursement of $15.</p> <p>As another example, the typical two-bedroom home usually weighs in somewhere around 4,500 pounds. Say the truck is completely destroyed (along with all of your property) &mdash; you would only be reimbursed $2,700. Your lifetime of saving and carefully choosing what to spend your money on is only worth $2,700 to the moving company. Unless you think you can refurnish an entire two-bedroom home for $2,700 (along with all of your clothing and personal possessions), you can clearly see the need for supplemental moving insurance.</p> <p>On the plus side, moving insurance is usually very affordable, particularly if you choose a higher deductible. The price will vary depending on how much insurance you need and the declared value of the items you want to insure. In most cases, you need to arrange moving insurance at least 48 hours before your move, so this isn't something you can procrastinate on.</p> <h2>Packing Supplies</h2> <p>More important than the quantity of packing supplies is the <em>quality</em>. The last thing you want to do is save a couple of bucks by buying cheap packing tape only to find that the heavy boxes split open on moving day. Don't skimp on tape or packing material for antiques and particularly valuable items.</p> <p>When it comes to glass, porcelain, or ceramic, packing paper or newspaper should work fine. You can also save some money by placing one foam dinner plate in between two glass plates. This will protect the plates during the move and make it easier for you to unpack.</p> <p>You'll also need things like a marking pen, cushioning material, scissors or a utility knife, and a tape gun, but you shouldn't have to spend a lot on these items. You also shouldn't need to spend much on boxes, if anything at all. You can typically find free boxes at your local grocery store or recycling center. Just make sure the boxes are in good condition and can safely transport your heavy items. The last thing you want is to pack your valuables in an old cardboard box that rips open on moving day or crumbles under the weight of other boxes. The cost to replace these items will likely be much higher than what you would've spent on quality boxes.</p> <h2>Don't Forget Your Tax Deductions</h2> <p>On the plus side, if your move is related to work, you can write off part of the move on your taxes. That means the movers, moving truck and supplies, and other must-have essentials might be deductible at the end of the year. Just make sure your move meets the <a href="https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc455.html">IRS's time and distance test requirements</a> in order to safely deduct any reasonable moving expenses.</p> <p><em>Do you know of any other overlooked or unnecessary moving costs?</em> <em>Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/moving-dont-skimp-on-these-critical-expenses">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-100s-on-your-next-move">How to Save $100s on Your Next Move</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-should-always-hire-a-moving-company">6 Reasons You Should Always Hire a Moving Company</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-hidden-housing-costs-new-homeowners-dont-expect">10 Hidden Housing Costs New Homeowners Don&#039;t Expect</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-it-pays-to-relocate-to">6 Places It Pays to Relocate To</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-forget-to-budget-for-these-unexpected-moving-expenses">Don&#039;t Forget to Budget for These Unexpected Moving Expenses</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Real Estate and Housing expenses insurance movers moving new house packing relocation tax deductions Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:30:28 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1732051 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save $100s on Your Next Move http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-100s-on-your-next-move <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-100s-on-your-next-move" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_blueprints_000054338660.jpg" alt="Couple saving $100s on their next move" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether it's across the country or across the street, moving can be difficult. It can also be expensive, costing you thousands of dollars, particularly for long distance treks. If you'd like to save time and money on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-forget-to-budget-for-these-unexpected-moving-expenses">your next move</a>, then there are a few simple tips that can help get you started.</p> <h2>1. Have a Plan</h2> <p>A solid plan will keep you organized and help you quickly find what you need when you are unpacking. Keep track of what is in each box on a separate note pad, which can save you a lot of time when you are unpacking later. You should also consider labels or labeled packing tape that specifies which room each box belongs in. This will keep the move organized and save time moving and unpacking.</p> <p>The last thing you want is to get to your new place and realize that you don't have enough space to fit all of your belongings. If possible, print out the floor plan and draw your furniture inside beforehand. If it doesn't fit in the drawing, it probably won't fit into your new place. This will also help you arrange items quickly when you're moving in, saving time spent with the movers.</p> <h2>2. Get Rid of Junk First</h2> <p>The less you have to move, the easier the move will be. Having fewer items to move can also help save you money on a larger rental truck, moving supplies, and time with movers. By eliminating junk first, you can also store less, saving you money on your storage unit. If you get rid of enough stuff, you may be able to do a direct move and skip the storage unit altogether, saving you even more money.</p> <p>As you're packing your items, decide what you really need. If you haven't used something or worn certain items of clothing in over a year, what are the odds you'll use them in the next year? Consider recycling or donating these items instead. You may also have items that can be sold on eBay or Craigslist, so you can make a little extra cash before the move.</p> <h2>3. Compare Several Moving Companies</h2> <p>Check Yelp or other online review sites to find several moving companies in your area. Compare their prices, services, customer ratings, and willingness to help. Look for hidden fees and insurance costs to make sure you won't be shocked by the final price at the end. You don't need to hire a moving company just because you asked for an estimate, so make sure to do your research.</p> <p>Inquire about whether any of the companies can offer you a deal or can throw in any free services or packing supplies. See if your favorite moving company is willing to negotiate on the price to match your budget.</p> <h2>4. Find Free Boxes</h2> <p>Boxes can cost an average of $50&ndash;$400, particularly if you choose various sizes. On the other hand, you can get free boxes from your local supermarket, office supply store, home improvement store, liquor store, bookstore, furniture store, or coffee shop. Call some local stores and ask them to set aside some boxes for you to pick up. You may also be able to pick up some free boxes on Craigslist or <a href="https://www.freecycle.org/">Freecycle</a>. Make sure to also fill up any empty suitcases you have!.</p> <h2>5. Find Deals on Moving Supplies</h2> <p>Take advantage of free packing supplies, like old newspaper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, blankets, linen, towels, clothing, and area rugs. You can save money on supplies and just wash any blankets or linen you used for padding when you get to your new place.</p> <p>While you want to find a good deal, it's important to choose quality supplies, especially when it comes to packing tape. The last thing you want is for your items to spill out all over the street because the cheap packing tape simply couldn't hold up to the weight in the box.</p> <h2>6. Move During Off-Season</h2> <p>Moving during the off-season can result in savings. If you can be flexible on dates, keep your options open. Remember, the busier the season is, the more it will cost you.</p> <p>Most people move at the end of the month, so if you can move mid-month, you may save on your new lease, the moving truck, and moving services. Avoiding the 15th of the month can save you even more because this is another popular move-out date, so aim for odd dates. Moving mid-week, as opposed to on the weekend, can also save you money and help reduce traffic. Moving in the summer is the busiest time, while October is the slowest time.</p> <h2>7. Do Your Own Packing</h2> <p>Did you know that about 1/3 of the moving costs go straight to packing? By skipping the full-service move and packing the items yourself, you can save up to 35% on your moving expenses. Hiring movers to pack your belongings may seem tempting, but the savings in time and energy is likely not worth the cost. You may be surprised at just how quickly you can pack your belongings, especially when you have a plan.</p> <h2>8. Enlist Some Help</h2> <p>When all else fails, it's time to start cashing in on favors from your friends and family. They may be able to help you pack or move your belongings, so you can save money on movers. While enlisting help can save you money, you'll want to be careful with this tip because moving can be an extremely stressful process and can cause disagreements between you and your helpers. It may be worth the money to hire movers so that you can just sit back, relax, and delegate.</p> <h2>9. Ask Your Employer for Help</h2> <p>If you need to relocate for work, ask your employer if they are willing to pick up a portion of the tab. Many employers will offer a stipend to employees who are making a move for work. They may also have suggestions for affordable moving supplies or services in the area.</p> <h2>10. Save It for a Tax Deduction</h2> <p>If you are moving for work purposes, you may be able to write off some of your moving expenses. Speak with your tax professional about the options available to you. If you aren't sure whether your moving expenses are tax deductible, then read up on what the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc455.html">IRS says about moving expenses</a>.</p> <h2>11. Carefully Pack and Protect Your Valuables</h2> <p>Anything that breaks during the move becomes a loss. Carefully pack and protect your valuables so that they are not damaged or destroyed during the move. Invest in bubble wrap, furniture covers, packing paper, packing peanuts, and anything else you feel is necessary to protect your items. If the movers damage your belongings, make sure to say something.</p> <h2>12. Use Up Your Groceries</h2> <p>Another way many people waste money on a move is by neglecting their fridge and freezer. It is difficult to move these items, so many people end up throwing away perfectly good food and condiments simply because they couldn't eat them in time. Any food that is wasted is literally money thrown away. Challenge yourself to eat at home more so you can use up the contents of the fridge and freezer before the move, and you'll save money in the process.</p> <p><em>Do you have any other tips for how to save money on your next move? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-100s-on-your-next-move">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/moving-dont-skimp-on-these-critical-expenses">Moving? Don&#039;t Skimp on These Critical Expenses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-forget-to-budget-for-these-unexpected-moving-expenses">Don&#039;t Forget to Budget for These Unexpected Moving Expenses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-you-should-always-hire-a-moving-company">6 Reasons You Should Always Hire a Moving Company</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tourist-towns-that-are-actually-great-to-live-in">6 &quot;Tourist Towns&quot; That Are Actually Great to Live In</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-hidden-housing-costs-new-homeowners-dont-expect">10 Hidden Housing Costs New Homeowners Don&#039;t Expect</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Real Estate and Housing expenses moving packing relocating tax deductions Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:00:24 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1508948 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-airplane-luggage-Dollarphotoclub_69149855.jpg" alt="businessman airplane luggage" title="businessman airplane luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I don't know about you, but just the thought of air travel fills me with dread. Booking a flight is a bit like agreeing to toss my schedule into a chipper-shredder for at least a day and embracing the Great Unknown. The whole process is just stressful enough that travelers are hungry for any tip or trick to help the whole process go a bit more smoothly. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-airport-hacks-from-professional-travelers?ref=seealso">15 Airport Hacks From Professional Traveler</a>s)</p> <p>After 15 years of living far enough from family that any visit requires a flight, I've adopted a personal travel policy that makes a world of difference: I <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">pack strategically</a> and fit everything into a single carry-on bag. Seriously &mdash; I haven't checked a bag since the Clinton Administration. If you're still checking luggage when you fly, it's time for a change. Here are five ways you can save time and money by traveling with only a carry-on.</p> <h2>1. Easier Check-Ins</h2> <p>Without luggage to tag and check, you can skip the long lines at the check-in counter. Print your boarding passes beforehand or at the self-service check-in machines at the airport and then breeze right over to the TSA screening line. If you're running late, being able to dodge even a single slow-moving line can mean the difference between making your flight and screaming as you watch it taxi down the runway.</p> <h2>2. No Fees&hellip; Most of the Time</h2> <p>One of the most obvious benefits of traveling with a carry-on only is avoiding the notorious checked baggage fee. Depending on the carrier, these charges can range from $25<span style="color: rgb(84, 84, 84); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 18.2000007629395px;">&ndash;</span>$50 for the first two bags and up to $125 for each additional bag. For budget-conscious travelers, those numbers can add up quickly. And while the majority of airlines still don't charge for properly-sized carry-on bags, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2014/05/carry-bag-fees">Frontier Airlines' new fees</a> may signify the first shot across the bow.</p> <h2>3. Itinerary Flexibility</h2> <p>During my most recent flight in August of last year, thunderstorms in Denver (my connecting city) left me stuck in Portland, Oregon. By checking-in with the gate attendant frequently, I was able to get rerouted through Chicago. The first question she asked me was &quot;Did you check any luggage?&quot; Of course I hadn't. I had everything I needed in a small carry-on slung over shoulder. No need to worry about where my luggage would end up and no need to make a special trip to the airport to pick up my belongings a day or two after I arrived at my final destination. I saved hours of time, avoided lots of drama, and dodged a major migraine.</p> <h2>4. Theft and Loss Avoidance</h2> <p>Take a second to Google this phrase: &quot;TSA theft checked luggage.&quot; If you still feel confident about the security of your checked luggage after wading through the 51,000 results, kudos to your boundless optimism. Though I don't travel with anything terribly expensive, I still cringe at the thought of someone thumbing through my daily planner, pocketing my favorite pair of sunglasses, or (worst of all), nabbing my fat jeans.</p> <h2>5. Speed and Convenience</h2> <p>Ever notice how antsy everyone gets as soon as a plane hits the tarmac? It's not because your fellow passengers have all developed a mad craving for a gooey Cinnabon &mdash; they're hoping to beat you to the car rental counter. Not having to wait for your luggage to be spit out onto the baggage carousel is a major benefit, especially if there are a limited number of rental cars or taxis available. Once again, the advantage goes to the traveler with the least amount of stuff to haul around.</p> <p>Let's face it, we live in a new era. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-airline-travel-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-to-make-it-better">Air travel sucks</a> most of the time and all signs point to the whole process <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-scariest-things-probably-coming-to-air-travel">getting a lot scarier</a> for travelers in the not-too-distant future. Making it just a little more bearable means planning carefully, preparing diligently &mdash; and always packing lightly.</p> <p><em>Could you travel happily with a carry-on bag only? What ways do you save time and money when flying?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-airport-hacks-to-remember-before-your-next-flight">23 Airport Hacks to Remember Before Your Next Flight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll, Don&#039;t Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Travel air travel airport carry-on luggage packing Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:00:08 +0000 Kentin Waits 1283249 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Savvy Tips for a Smoother Move http://www.wisebread.com/15-savvy-tips-for-a-smoother-move <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-savvy-tips-for-a-smoother-move" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple-moving-boxes-453682599-small.jpg" alt="couple moving" title="couple moving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whether you're moving into the house of your dreams or simply to a new apartment across town, the process can be daunting. I've been there, recently, and I'm only now recovering from the exhaustion of it all. Along the way, I learned some of the major DOs and DON'Ts related to moving, and I'm going to share them with all of you! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-get-the-home-loan-you-want?ref=seealso">How to Ensure You Get the Home Loan You Want</a>)</p> <h2>1. Simplify</h2> <p>Now's the time to go through your stuff and weed out the extras. Throw away any trash that might be lingering in your junk drawers. Give away anything you no longer use to friends or donate to a local charity (some will come and pick up your items from you!).</p> <p>A good place to start? Give your closet a long, hard look to see where you can pare down. Fewer things to move equals fewer headaches. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe?ref=seealso">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a>)</p> <h2>2. Sell</h2> <p>What you don't trash or donate, you should consider selling in a yard sale. Check to see if your community organizes any neighborhood-wide sales, which can help with getting more traffic to your location. Otherwise, use sites like Craigslist or even local Facebook boards to unload your items and earn some cash to help with your moving expenses.</p> <h2>3. Make a List</h2> <p>Everyday life can get rather hectic when all your stuff starts piling up in boxes. So, prepare yourself by making a list of what you need to accomplish during your move. This list might include any appointments you have, bills that need to be paid, or other obligations. Also put a couple moving-related points on there like changing your address with USPS or ordering checks and other necessities with your new number on them. Hang your list on the refrigerator so it doesn't get lost in the shuffle.</p> <h2>4. Start Early</h2> <p>As soon as we knew we'd be moving, I started packing. I packed away everything nonessential and even slimmed down my wardrobe to 10 simple, mix and match pieces. By packing early, you eliminate a lot of mess and everyday cleaning that would otherwise need to happen on top of all the other things you're doing. Designate one room in your house or apartment for boxes if you can, and pile them tall. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-ways-to-make-your-apartment-awesome-without-losing-your-deposit?ref=seealso">Cheap Ways to Make Your Apartment Awesome</a>)</p> <h2>5. Pack a Bag</h2> <p>Likewise, once you've determined what your essential items are, get a backpack or overnight bag out that you'll reserve for the move itself. You'll want these items handy when everything else in your life is in boxes. Our large suitcase contained a change of clothes, pajamas, personal care items, important documents, our laptop, and some other valuables.</p> <h2>6. Set Time Aside</h2> <p>I rather cavalierly thought we'd be able to pack our entire home in a couple hours each evening for a few days. Boy, was I wrong. Especially if you have children, it's important to set aside dedicated time for packing &mdash; preferably when your little one is being taken care of elsewhere. Not only is a half-packed home dangerous for young kids (lots of choking hazards hanging around), but it's also nearly impossible to finish everything you need to do. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-why-your-projects-always-take-longer-than-you-expect?ref=seealso">This Is Why Your Projects Always Take Longer Than You Expect</a>)</p> <h2>7. Reserve</h2> <p>If you plan to rent a moving truck, reserve it as early as you have your move date. We learned the hard way that vans get scheduled quickly, and if you live in a smaller area &mdash; it can be hard, if not impossible, to find alternatives. Also be sure to check your local paper or the company's website for any deals they might be running. And read all the fine print before you sign on the dotted line.</p> <h2>8. Organize</h2> <p>When it comes to packing, don't toss everything in a box. Come up with an organization method that works for you. Maybe you pack all your office items in one box or all your dinnerware in another. Label the boxes clearly &mdash; including which boxes contain fragile items and even which box goes into what room &mdash; so when you arrive at your new digs, there's no guesswork involved.</p> <h2>9. Hunt Around</h2> <p>And speaking of boxes, don't immediately go out and buy brand new cardboard. Check grocery and big box stores for sizes big and small that will be recycled. We were able to get all the boxes we needed for our move with a few trips to a grocery store across town. Call ahead before making any big trips to see if the store offers its boxes to the public. Before you recycle them after the move, see if you can pay it forward to a friend.</p> <h2>10. Think Outside the Box</h2> <p>Better yet, pack what you can without the use of boxes. Suitcases can hold a good number of your clothes, tote bags can carry stuffed animals and other soft items, zip bags can house small items, and laundry bins are golden. You can even keep your clothes in the dresser drawers, just remove them while moving the dresser itself to lighten the load.</p> <h2>11. Repurpose</h2> <p>If you run out of packing material (bubble wrap, newspaper, etc.), use towels, socks, and even old plastic grocery bags to help cushion delicate items. You can use paper plates to cradle fragile china. I even used a couple pillows and big blankets to keep our television and other electronics safe from dings and dents during their travels.</p> <h2>12. Dig Deep</h2> <p>Reach into the far back of your pantries and freezers to use up any last bits of food you have hiding. It's best to keep fresh food purchases to a minimum in the week before your move to eliminate any waste that might occur in transit. Plus, there's nothing more gratifying than filling up your new refrigerator with a stock of fresh groceries.</p> <h2>13. Incentivize</h2> <p>For basic moves, you might need a few more hands. Invite your friends over and offer pizza and beer (or a quinoa bake and herbal tea &mdash; you get the idea) for their efforts. As much as moving is hard work, the whole thing is made much more pleasant when you spend the time with friends and family. And while you're at it, make sure that everything is ready to move when they arrive so no one is standing around awkwardly waiting.</p> <h2>14. Hire Help</h2> <p>For very large or tricky items (think pianos!), you might want to consider hiring movers. Did you know you don't need to contract them move all your stuff? Call and arrange for a quote for just the biggest, heaviest, and otherwise trickiest pieces of furniture. You may save yourself some money this way, as well as hold onto potential dollars you otherwise sink into medical bills or replacement items that are damaged by your amateur schlepping techniques.</p> <h2>15. Make Time</h2> <p>If it's at all possible, try to get some overlapping dates for your move. For example, explore the idea of pre-possession or post-possession if you're buying a home. Many lawyers don't love drafting up the extra paperwork involved, but we got pre-possession of our home for an extra two days and it made a huge difference. Just FYI: You'll need to arrange for insurance coverage and cover utilities during this time, among a few other considerations that your agent can help walk you through.</p> <p><em>What smart tips do you have for people on the move?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-savvy-tips-for-a-smoother-move">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-a-bed-for-cheap-and-look-good-doing-it">Build a Bed for Cheap (and Look Good Doing It)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-places-to-find-cheap-good-looking-new-furniture">10 Places to Find Cheap, Good-Looking New Furniture</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">How to Downsize and Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/moving-dont-skimp-on-these-critical-expenses">Moving? Don&#039;t Skimp on These Critical Expenses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-pet-flea-medications">The 5 Best Pet Flea Medications</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Home Shopping furniture moving new apartment new house packing Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1235112 at http://www.wisebread.com If You're Traveling With These 8 Things, You're Overpacking http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-traveling-with-these-8-things-youre-overpacking <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/if-youre-traveling-with-these-8-things-youre-overpacking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-packing-463237635-small.jpg" alt="woman packing" title="woman packing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Packing light doesn't just save you money on luggage fees; it also gives you more freedom to move around and explore. Here's the main thing to remember: It won't be a disaster if you don't have something when you need it during the trip.</p> <p>Most of the time, you can simply buy it there. As a bonus, shopping somewhere new is an experience in itself &mdash; you get to explore the place as a local running an errand, and if you're traveling abroad, the packaging is a marvel! And speaking of shopping, you'll want to leave some empty space in that suitcase for all the souvenirs and gifts you do buy there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <p>Here are a few things you should leave behind when you leave home.</p> <h2>1. Lots of Clothes</h2> <p>Don't pack 20 outfits for a 20-day trip. No matter how long the trip is, you only really need one week's worth of clothes. Don't worry about running out of things to wear; you'll be able to do laundry during the trip. The hotel laundry may be pricey, but there will definitely be a laundromat or a sink that you can use.</p> <p>Take out that busy top that you can only wear with one pair of pants. It's important that you'll be able to mix and match your clothes. If you'll be traveling somewhere cold, bring items that can be layered. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler?ref=seealso">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Hobo</a>)</p> <p>Consider the climate, the environment, and the culture at the destination. You won't need a coat in Singapore or a sequined dress in the Amazon. If you're traveling to religious sites, don't pack anything that may be considered inappropriate there.</p> <h2>2. Lots of Shoes</h2> <p>Resist the temptation to bring bulky dress shoes. You'll probably spend a lot of time on your feet, so you'll need comfortable shoes or sandals. If you plan to eat at a fancy restaurant, then bring a pair of heels or dressy flats. Three pairs of shoes should be enough to cover all occasions.</p> <h2>3. Toiletries</h2> <p>Most hotels and even some hostels provide basic toiletries, such as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, and soap. They may not be your favorite brands, but they'll do the job. In the unlikely situation that they damage your skin or your hair, you can purchase other brands at the local drugstore.</p> <p>Only bring the items that you absolutely won't get at the hotel and only bring enough to last for the length of the trip. For example, I have acne-prone skin, so I have a bunch of medicated products that I bought from a clinic. I transfer them into small travel-sized containers and bring them along with me wherever I go, but I leave behind all other bathroom items.</p> <h2>4. Expensive Accessories</h2> <p>Leave your diamond earrings and designer handbags at home. You'll be exploring unfamiliar places, and it'll be a lot safer without flashy items that could potentially mark you as a target.</p> <p>If you want to wear your good jewelry to a special occasion like a destination wedding, then pack it in your carry-on bag. At the destination, leave it in the hotel safe when you're not wearing it. And because things can get lost despite your best efforts, check your travel insurance policy to see if it covers lost or stolen jewelry.</p> <h2>5. Hair Styling Tools</h2> <p>Hair dryers and curling irons take up a lot of space. Maybe the hair dryer at the hotel won't be as powerful as you like, but it will only take a few minutes longer to dry your hair. Your hair can probably use some rest from hot styling tools anyway.</p> <p>If you can't style your hair as you usually do with the minimal tools you have in the hotel room, put it up in an easy updo. Or if you want to sport some curls, there are some no-heat curling methods that actually work pretty well.</p> <h2>6. Towels</h2> <p>It's nice to dry yourself off with a big fluffy towel after a hot shower. But you should take that towel out of your bag because the hotel probably has an endless supply of towels. And even if you'll be staying at a hostel that doesn't provide a towel, you can save space by bringing a lightweight microfiber towel instead.</p> <h2>7. Books</h2> <p>Your little e-reader can store more books than you can read in a year, so there's really no need to pack a real book. But if you have to, bring just one and visit the hotel library or a local bookstore when you finish it.</p> <p>Instead of bringing a paper guidebook, choose a few important pages and photocopy them. Over time, I've found that I can get by with only the maps from the guidebook and some summarized notes on my smartphone.</p> <h2>8. Unnecessary Gadgets and Appliances</h2> <p>You may need a laptop for work, but will you also be using your tablet, e-reader, MP3 player, and all three cameras? Most gadgets are great at multitasking, so choose just a few of your favorite ones. You can read your e-book on your smartphone, for example. It won't be ideal, but it will only be for the duration of the trip.</p> <p>You also probably won't need to bring small appliances like an iron, a steamer, a coffee maker, or a humidifier. Just because the the box says &quot;travel water purifier&quot; doesn't mean you have to bring it on an actual trip!</p> <p><em>What do you leave behind when you travel? What do you wish you hadn't left behind? Please leave a comment below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deia-b">Deia B</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/if-youre-traveling-with-these-8-things-youre-overpacking">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs">Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll, Don&#039;t Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-must-packs-for-your-summer-vacation">11 Must-Packs for Your Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel packing packing light souvenirs Fri, 30 May 2014 08:36:31 +0000 Deia B 1141048 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-clothes-3727594-small.jpg" alt="packing" title="packing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have been living out of my luggage since 2007 &mdash; literally. I sold everything I owned to travel the world with one checked bag in tow. And when I get a chance to leave the big bag behind, I travel for months on end with carry-on luggage only.</p> <p>Here are 15 of the best packing secrets I've learned from seven years of full-time travel.</p> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards)</a></p> <h2>Wardrobe</h2> <p>Before you even start packing, there's an art to choosing a travel-friendly wardrobe.</p> <h3>Stick to Three Colours</h3> <p>By ensuring your entire travel wardrobe matches (including shoes!), you'll have infinitely more combinations of clothing to choose from.</p> <h3>Choose Multi-Functional</h3> <p>A sarong is a perfect example of multi-functional travel gear. It can double as a blanket, skirt, towel, beach accessory, privacy curtain, scarf, and more.</p> <p>There are also many clothing choices (mostly for women) that can be worn multiple ways to suit differing climate or style requirements. One of my current favourites is the <a href="http://www.encircled.ca/blogs/live/10897057-guest-post-tips-for-choosing-your-travel-wardrobe-from-a-full-time-traveler-by-nora-dunn-theprofessionalhobo-com">Chrysalis Cardi</a> by enCircled.</p> <h3>Fly Quick-Dry</h3> <p>You'll probably end up having to hand-wash something at some point. (See my note on Ziploc bags below for how to make this easy.) Your travel wardrobe should be comprised largely of items that can air-dry (inside) in less than 24 hours, ideally overnight. Quick-dry clothing has the added benefit of being light-weight. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a>)</p> <h3>Buy Wrinkle-Free</h3> <p>No matter how carefully you roll or fold (see below) your clothing, if it wrinkles you'll continually look dishevelled, or you'll continually be in search of an iron. (And really &mdash; who wants to iron when they travel?)</p> <p>Try a wrinkle-test on each item before you pack it: Bunch some material up in your fist for 5&ndash;10 seconds, then let it go. If if doesn't hang out satisfactorily, don't bring it.</p> <h2>Luggage</h2> <p>Your luggage is your home on the road (or at least in-transit). If you're traveling at a fast pace you might never have a chance to unpack. Thus, your luggage is a very important help &mdash; or hindrance &mdash; to your trip.</p> <h3>Not Too Big</h3> <p>The larger your luggage bag is, the more stuff you'll try to pack into it. Then the heavier it will be, and all the more onerous to schlep through airports, on to buses, trains, up stairs, etc.</p> <p>Choose luggage that suits your needs without being too big. If you're intent on bringing back loads of souvenirs, then pack a second bag that can be filled and checked separately on your return. Commingling lots of souvenirs with your luggage only confuses and elongates the re-packing process every time you move on.</p> <h3>Dividers and Separate Compartments</h3> <p>Things get lost in a big shell of a bag with no way to separate or organize your belongings. Even simple functions like elasticized mesh along the sides and separate zippered compartments will help you to easily find what you need, when you need it.</p> <h3>Easy Transport Options</h3> <p>Your exact luggage preferences will depend on the nature of your trip. If you plan on scaling mountainsides and camping, then a well-fitted backpack will be best. If you're staying in hotels and sightseeing, a more traditional suitcase might suit you better.</p> <p>Wheels are essential for me; without them I get frustrated lugging heavy bags along in airport lineups, and walking any distance without wheels is laborious. For added versatility, I tend to travel with a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/12/wheeled-backpacks-why-theyre-the-best-and-tips-for-buying-one/">wheeled backpack</a>.</p> <h2>Packing Tips</h2> <p>You might end up packing and unpacking your luggage a few times throughout your trip. Thus, this process needs to be quick and easy.</p> <h3>Everything Has Its Place</h3> <p>Establish a packing system and stick to it. This way you won't constantly waste time rummaging through your luggage looking for something and wondering if you lost it.</p> <h3>Roll Clothing</h3> <p>By rolling your clothing instead of folding it, you can fit more in, access what you need easily without disrupting everything else, and often reduce the wrinkle-factor as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll Don't Fold, and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast</a>)</p> <h3>Wrap and Stuff</h3> <p>Stuff anything hollow (such as shoes) with small items like socks and trinkets. If you have delicate or breakable items, wrap them in heavier clothing for protection. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-hack-7-tips-for-single-bag-travel">Vacation Hack: 7 Tips for Single Bag Travel</a>)</p> <h3>Keep Liquids Together</h3> <p>If you're flying with carry-on luggage only, keep your liquids together (sealed in a Ziploc bag to prevent leakage disasters) and pack them at the top of your bag for easy access, so you can cruise through the airport with grace. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a>)</p> <h2>Helpful Accessories</h2> <p>Here are a few more tools to make packing a dream.</p> <h3>Mesh Bags/Packing Cubes</h3> <p>As you'll note in my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">ultimate carry-on packing list</a>, mesh ditty bags and packing cubes are very useful for organization. Packing cubes aren't particularly space-savvy, but the minimal extra bulk is a negligible trade-off for invaluable extra organization.</p> <h3>Plastic Bags/Ziploc Bags</h3> <p>I generally have a few plastic bags and Ziploc bags at the ready. Plastic bags are good for dirty laundry, wrapping up shoes, containing wet things, and lots more. Ziploc bags can securely separate and contain your liquids, protect documents and souvenirs, and even double as hand-washing tools if you fill them up with soap and water and shake them with small items of clothing (like underwear and socks).</p> <h3>Hoboroll</h3> <p>This little gem of a packing aid is a new &mdash; and indispensable addition &mdash; to my travel entourage. The <a href="http://www.mygobigear.com/">Hoboroll</a> separates, organizes, and compresses your stuff. I keep a ridiculous number of miscellaneous items from undies to exercise wear to hard drives to scarves and more, all well organized and compressed to a fraction of its former bulk. It makes traveling with carry-on luggage a dream.</p> <h2>Bonus Tip: Take Notes</h2> <p>Whenever you travel, take note of what you use and don't use. The next time you travel you can apply this knowledge to streamline and improve your travel entourage even more. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pack-faster-and-lighter-with-this-one-trick">Pack Faster and Lighter With This One Trick</a>)</p> <p><em>What are your packing secrets? Share in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-18"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-on-baggage-fees">6 Ways to Save On Baggage Fees</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-new-carry-on-luggage-charges">How to Avoid New Carry-on Luggage Charges</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel baggage luggage packing Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:24:10 +0000 Nora Dunn 1112733 at http://www.wisebread.com Pack Faster and Lighter With This One Trick http://www.wisebread.com/pack-faster-and-lighter-with-this-one-trick <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pack-faster-and-lighter-with-this-one-trick" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-4756923-small.jpg" alt="luggage" title="luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&#39;m a chronic over-packer. For a recent three-day trip to San Francisco, I packed three dresses, two pairs of pants, three pairs of shoes, seven shirts, two skirts, and four sweaters. Unsurprisingly, I didn&#39;t even wear a quarter of those items. But every time travel comes around, I over-pack all over again, completely forgetting what I wore the last time around. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-hack-7-tips-for-single-bag-travel">7 Tips for Single Bag Travel</a>)</p> <p>That&#39;s why I have a new packing technique &mdash; writing down what I do wear on trips, <em>during trips</em>. It works especially well for places that I regularly visit, like my parents&#39; house. Instead of filling my bag to the brim with things I might want, I can quickly reference a list that details exactly what I will use. Personally, I keep track of what I wear using a list in <a href="http://www.rememberthemilk.com">Remember the Milk</a>, but you can use a notes app on your phone, a piece of paper you keep in your wallet, or whatever else works best for you. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast"> Roll, Don&#39;t Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)</a>)</p> <p><em>What tricks do you have for packing fast?</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pack-faster-and-lighter-with-this-one-trick">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll, Don&#039;t Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-the-united-states-should-copy-from-other-countries">10 Things the United States Should Copy From Other Countries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Travel carry-on luggage checklist packing Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Meg Favreau 988396 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-3768256-small.jpg" alt="woman and luggage" title="woman and luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you want to fit your travel packing needs into carry-on luggage, regardless of whether your trip is two weeks or two months? Look no further. The answer is the widget you find here, which, after a few tweaks and filters, becomes the ultimate carry-on packing list, whatever your itinerary. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-must-haves-that-you-can-live-without">10 Travel &quot;Must-Haves&quot; That You Can Live Without</a>)</p> <p>The carefully selected items included in this widget are the product of over six years of full-time travel; going from one main destination to another with a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2013/07/the-ultimate-packing-list-for-full-time-travel/">larger entourage</a>, and then traveling for up to three months from each base with just carry-on luggage. I started with mountains of useless gear and utilitarian clothing, and gradually &mdash; through experience &mdash; whittled the contents down, and now my carry-on packing list is a well-oiled, well-coordinated machine.</p> <h2>Using the Widget</h2> <p>Click on any of the items and you'll see a description of why and how it fits into my carry-on packing list. Within each description is even a link that takes you to the item itself, so you can see descriptions and reviews. Play around with the different category filters so you can more easily navigate the list.</p> <h2>Optional Filter</h2> <p>I don't carry all of these items &mdash; even I'd be hard-pressed to fit it all in.</p> <p>This carry-on packing list is flexible for multiple climates and scenarios. You'll see a number of items in the &quot;Optional&quot; filter &mdash; your need for these are dependent on where you're going and what kinds of activities you intend to do.</p> <p>If you're the outdoorsy type and are headed for Switzerland, then you'll have your down jacket, warm scarf and hat, and sturdy shoes with hiking socks.</p> <p>If you're city-slicking through Paris in autumn, you can leave the big shoes behind and stick to your ballet flats, but bring a fashionable scarf for chilly evenings, that funky fedora, and your DVD drive.</p> <h2>The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</h2> <p><iframe width="430px" height="1066px" frameborder="0" src="http://dbdapps.co.uk/appgenwisebread2/" seamless="" style="border:solid 1px #cccccc;" scrolling="no"></iframe></p> <h2>Additional Notes</h2> <p>Everybody travels differently, so not every item on this list may resonate with you. And fellas &mdash; I realize this is a pretty girly list, but if you can see past the fashion choices and toiletries to the core structure of this packing list (including various functions of clothing and shoes), I believe it's a universally applicable list.</p> <p><strong>Restrictive Carry-On Guidelines</strong></p> <p>Generally, you're allowed a carry-on suitcase/bag, plus a laptop bag or purse. I consistently carry all three. However if hard-pressed by a restrictive airline, I can fit my purse into one of the other bags, so I only have two. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-avoid-new-carry-on-luggage-charges">How to Avoid New Carry-On Luggage Charges</a>)</p> <p>Weight guidelines for carry-on bags vary by airline and route, and some budget airlines are pretty stingy. Depending on how much warm-weather clothing (and other &quot;optional&quot; items) you have, plus the weight of your electronics, you might have difficulty getting this packing list through.</p> <p>But if you fly with larger full-service airlines (and if you are collecting and redeeming frequent flyer miles, you should), carry-on weight restrictions shouldn't be a problem. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a>)</p> <p><strong>Best Carry-On Bag?</strong></p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0034HVABY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0034HVABY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">OR compression sack I carry</a> might not be the absolute best choice for a carry-on bag (the backpack straps are solid but not beefy) &mdash; but it does a pretty fine job for me. It's part of my larger full-time travel packing list, so I can fill it using the compression straps to keep volume low, and pack it into my larger bag when I'm moving bases. The is so light and thin it takes up very little room of its own.</p> <p>You might instead prefer to purchase a more traditional carry-on sized bag (maybe with wheels) that enable easier transport and access to contents.</p> <p><strong>Electronics</strong></p> <p>You might not need the same electronic entourage as I do; my location independent career necessitates having the gear to work from the road wherever I am. This forces me to make tougher choices about what else I can carry, and carry in my carry-on. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics">Location Independent Career Basics</a>)</p> <h2>What's on Your Carry-On Packing List?</h2> <p>Okay, I've showed you mine; now you show me yours!</p> <p>How do the contents of your own carry-on packing list differ from mine? Got any hot tips for useful items that I didn't include? Tell us in the comments!</p> <p><em>This ultimate carry-on packing list widget was courteously designed and provided by Round the World Experts, who provide round the world flights</em><em> to adventurous travelers, and there are some affiliate links in the widget. As I have purchased most of these exact items myself, all opinions are obviously my own.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-packing-secrets-from-a-professional-traveler">15 Packing Secrets From a Professional Traveler</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-you-should-check-your-luggage">7 Reasons You Should Check Your Luggage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-through-the-airport-faster">How to Get Through the Airport Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll, Don&#039;t Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel carry-on luggage packing Thu, 12 Sep 2013 10:36:03 +0000 Nora Dunn 981833 at http://www.wisebread.com Roll, Don't Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast) http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-2783463-small.jpg" alt="woman sitting on suitcase" title="woman sitting on suitcase" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Packing for a trip can be daunting and tedious. I usually wait until the very last minute to do it. While packing last minute can add stress to the situation it does provide a few benefits, too. Namely, I'm forced to concentrate on the task at hand.</p> <p>When it comes to packing fast the key is all in the preparation. While it's best to wait to pack until it's close to the time you'll be heading out (so you don't have to live out of your suitcase and so you lower your chances of accidentally leaving those &quot;pulled&quot; items at home) something you can do beforehand is to prepare a packing list. So let's start there!</p> <h2>1. Create a Packing List</h2> <p>Keep a template packing list, so you can whip it out and modify it before each trip. A packing list is also great because you can just keep items on the list that you always seem to forget.</p> <p>But to really reap the benefits of your list, you've got to put it to use.</p> <h2>2. Do Your Laundry Before You Pack</h2> <p>You don't want to be looking for substitutions for your favorite dress or jeans just because they are in the dirty clothes hamper. By doing laundry before you start packing, you'll have all your clothes ready to go if you decide you will be needing them on the trip.</p> <h2>3. Lay Everything Out</h2> <p>If you can see all the items that you're working with, then you'll be able to make decisions faster about what is and is not needed.</p> <h2>4. Pack All at Once, the Night Before</h2> <p>Don't drag out the packing process over multiple days. It's kind of like ripping off a bandage; you've got to do it in one fell swoop.</p> <h2>5. Set a Time Limit</h2> <p>By giving yourself a time limit you can turn the packing experience into a game. Try to compete against yourself and the clock. By setting a time limit you will also be able to minimize any dilly-dallying and self-sabotaging procrastination tactics.</p> <h2>6. Choose an Appropriately Sized Bag or Suitcase</h2> <p>Nothing's worse (and more time-consuming) than trying to fit everything into one bag only to realize you don't have enough space and have to move everything to a different bag or suitcase. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vacation-hack-7-tips-for-single-bag-travel">Vacation Hack: 7 Tips for Single Bag Travel</a>)</p> <h2>7. Keep Your Travel-Sized Stuff Together</h2> <p>Save time by knowing where your travel containers are. This way you won't be hunting all over your house to find them when it comes time to pack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-disposable-products-you-can-reuse">21 Disposable Products You Can Reuse</a>)</p> <h2>8. Roll Instead of Fold</h2> <p>Simply put, rolling is faster than folding.</p> <h2>9. Choose Versatile Items</h2> <p>While it can be more time-consuming to consider the multiple uses of one item, you'll ultimately save time both on the packing and un-packing sides of your trip because you'll be including fewer items. Include clothes that can be dressed up or down and items that have multiple uses such as an all-in-one body wash and shampoo. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-better-style-the-curated-closet">Guide to Better Style: The Curated Closet</a>)</p> <h2>10. Think Simple and Reliable</h2> <p>Trips and vacations aren't the time to get adventurous with your clothing and accessories. Stick with what you know you feel good in and what you'll really wear. That bright, patterned shirt that still has its tags on it is a nice idea in theory, but we both know it's not going to get worn. It's only going to taken along and pushed aside every time you go to pick out your outfit for the day. Stick to your classic standbys.</p> <h2>11. Keep Calm</h2> <p>If you're frenzied and worried, you will add time to the packing process. Go easy on yourself. Take deep breaths and minimize stress by doing your prep work ahead of time. That packing list is your biggest asset in a speedy packing process.</p> <p><em>What tips do you have for packing fast?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/anna-newell-jones">Anna Newell Jones</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taking-frugal-road-trips-even-when-gas-prices-are-high">Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation">14 Things You Forget to Do Before Leaving for Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-carry-on-luggage-can-save-you-time-and-money">5 Ways Carry-On Luggage Can Save You Time and Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pack-faster-and-lighter-with-this-one-trick">Pack Faster and Lighter With This One Trick</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Travel packing suitcase travel Mon, 26 Aug 2013 10:36:31 +0000 Anna Newell Jones 981223 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Packing Light and Avoiding Baggage Fees http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-packing-light-and-avoiding-baggage-fees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-packing-light-and-avoiding-baggage-fees" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-3768251-small.jpg" alt="luggage" title="luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on packing light and avoiding baggage fees, meaningful wedding gifts, and using Twitter to land a job.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/05/27/6-tips-for-packing-light-and-avoiding-baggage-fees/">6 Tips for Packing Light and Avoiding Baggage Fees</a> &mdash; To pack light and avoid baggage fees, pare down the size of your grooming supplies. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Affordable-Wedding-Gifts-30650072">Incredibly Meaningful Wedding Gifts - All Under $25</a> &mdash; If you need a frugal but meaningful wedding gift, get the happy couple personalized coasters or stationary. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T012-C000-S002-how-to-use-twitter-to-help-land-a-job.html">How to Use Twitter to Help Land a Job</a> &mdash; Using Twitter in your job hunt can help you interact directly with recruiters. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/index.php/2009/03/29/where-to-get-free-stuff-online-sites-freebies-product-samples-coupons/">Where To Get Free Stuff Online: 9 Sites For Freebies, Product Samples, Coupons</a> &mdash; Volition.com not only offers a listing of the best freebies online, you can also find ways to make money online as well. [The Digertati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/best-value-home-renovations.html">Best Value Home Renovations</a> &mdash; Adding a full second bathroom to your home is one of the best value home renovations you can do. [Bargaineering]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/6610/top-5-daily-deal-web-sites/">Top 5 Daily Deals Web Sites</a> &mdash; Do you use Moolala? If so, you are using one of the top daily deals sites. [Moolanomy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/infographic-paying-for-the-big-day/">How American Couples Bankroll Their Weddings</a> &mdash; 72% of couples tap into their savings to pay for their wedding. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post.aspx?post=a01a5c49-37b7-470f-a22d-bd69c3955a7d&amp;ref=bfv">What? Not another baby shower!</a> &mdash; If you are getting lots of shower invitations at work, ask your boss to implement a 'no soliciting' policy. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-practice-patience">How to Practice Patience Towards Your Children</a> &mdash; To practice patience towards your kids, anticipate the triggers that could lead to their crazy behavior. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2006/01/7_homebuying_tr.html">7 Home-Buying Traps</a> &mdash; Don't fall into the home buying trap of allowing your agent to choose an inspector who may overlook issues that could torpedo the sale. [Free Money Finance]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-packing-light-and-avoiding-baggage-fees">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/roll-dont-fold-and-10-other-tricks-for-packing-fast">Roll, Don&#039;t Fold (and 10 Other Tricks for Packing Fast)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-take-one-vacation-day-and-save-thousands">How to Take One Vacation Day and Save Thousands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-budget-friendly-beach-destinations">6 Budget-Friendly Beach Destinations</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airlines-with-the-best-customer-service">5 Airlines With the Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-incredible-places-to-retire-abroad-that-anyone-can-afford">5 Incredible Places to Retire Abroad That Anyone Can Afford</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel airlines baggage fees best money tips packing travel Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:00:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 977190 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Must-Packs for Your Summer Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/11-must-packs-for-your-summer-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-must-packs-for-your-summer-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3796829948_dbf2c8c45e_z.jpg" alt="beach" title="beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="138" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Summer vacations are both refreshing and exhausting. It seems that no matter how hard you try to plan ahead, summer's barbecues, softball games, and happy hours always get in the way. (Contrast this with winter vacations, where you've packed your shorts and sandals weeks in advance because you can't wait to escape the cold.) So, when it's time to pack your bag for your summer trip, you're left scrambling. With last minute packing you may forget something critical that will cost you hard earned vacation money. Here are 11 things you must pack for your summer vacation and a few things to leave at home. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-international-vacation-destinations">5 Cheap International Vacation Destinations</a>)</p> <h2>1. A Bottle Opener</h2> <p>If your idea of a summer vacation includes sipping cold beer, be sure to toss a bottle opener in your bag. There's nothing worse than getting to a campsite after a long drive and realizing you can't open the local craft beer bottle you bought in town 10 miles back.</p> <h2>2. Cooler</h2> <p>For road trips and camping, a cooler is a must. It keeps expensive grilling meat from spoiling and will keep your beer cold. If you're traveling to a beach location by plane, consider bringing a small (lunch-sized usually works) collapsible cooler bag.</p> <h2>3. Reusable Water Bottle</h2> <p>Whether you're traveling by plane, train, bike, or automobile, don't forget a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">reusable water bottle</a>. I prefer <a href="http://gogreentravelgreen.com/stainless-steel-water-bottle-smackdown/">stainless bottles</a> because they don't leach any chemicals and they chill faster in the cooler or fridge. Either way, packing a water bottle will save you a ton of money on bottled water over the course of a vacation. Plus, you'll be less likely to get dehydrated, which could really ruin your vacation and drain your wallet if you were to end up in the hospital.</p> <h2>4. Sunglasses</h2> <p>How many times have you had to buy sunglasses at a gas station or airport because you left them on your dresser? Pack these early to avoid having to spend extra cash on something you didn't need to buy.</p> <h2>5. Hat</h2> <p>If you forgot your sunglasses, a hat will shield your eyes from some sunlight (at least until you can hit the local Target). Plus, it protects your face from damaging sun rays &mdash; saving you money in the long term on wrinkle creams or skin cancer treatments.</p> <h2>6. Reusable Bag</h2> <p>A compact, reusable bag always comes in handy on a trip &mdash; but especially a summer trip. If you're headed to the beach, a reusable bag doubles as a beach bag. If you're headed to Europe, many European markets charge you for bags. Plus you can enjoy your vacation a bit more without the guilt of your eco-conscious half.</p> <h2>7. Inflatable Ball</h2> <p>Whether you're 3 or 33, you'll want an inflatable ball on almost any summer vacation. (Unless you're headed to a European city.) A beach volleyball or beach ball is great for camping or a beach vacation. Why spend money on renting a jet ski when you can pretend you're a gold medal Olympian while playing a game of pick up with your friends?</p> <h2>8. Deck of Cards</h2> <p>You probably won't be able to see solitaire on your computer screen while sitting out in the sun, so a deck of cards will fill that void. And after the sun has set, there's nothing like a deck of cards to provide free entertainment for the whole family.</p> <h2>9. Trashy Book</h2> <p>Perhaps the epitome of a must-pack item for summer travel is a trashy novel. Whether you like romance, suspense, mysteries, or sci-fi, reserve a copy from your library before you hit the road.</p> <h2>10. Travel Rewards Credit Card</h2> <p>If you're headed abroad, be sure to pack a credit card that doesn't charge conversion fees. (I use a Capital One No Hassle Rewards.) And for U.S. travel, if you'll be renting a car check to see if your credit card covers your insurance (see a complete list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ultimate-credit-card-perks-checklist-benefits-you-don-t-know-about">credit card perks here</a>) and remember to use a rewards card that pays a higher percentage reward for gas.</p> <h2>11. Cash</h2> <p>There are three great reasons to pack extra cash for your summer trip. First, many small shops in resort towns don't take credit cards. Second, even when they do, you'll save the shop owners money on credit card fees when paying in cash. (I know, I like my credit card rewards as much as the next person. But when you're buying a $3 ice cream from the local shop, the nicer thing to do is to save them the fees.) Finally, it will be easier to keep your vacation budget in check if you use a cash method for at least some of your expenses.</p> <h2>What Shouldn't You Pack?</h2> <p>When you're packing last minute, it sometimes seems easier to just throw everything in the suitcase. But there are plenty of things to avoid bringing. Here are a few:</p> <ul> <li>Your accommodations should provide you with a towel. Don't waste the room in your bag with this bulky item.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If you're traveling by plane, buy the sunscreen and bug spray when you arrive.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't over-pack the snacks. I don't know about you, but have a tendency to stock up on peanut butter M&amp;M's before a car trip. Instead, buy local snacks (like Wisconsin cheese curds) at gas stations along the way.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Here are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-travel-must-haves-that-you-can-live-without">10 other &quot;must-haves&quot; that you should leave at home</a>.</li> </ul> <p>Finally, if you've been so busy enjoying the summer that you still haven't planned a trip, there's still time. Here are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-cheap-summer-vacations">8 Cheap Summer Vacation Ideas</a> and another <a href="http://gogreentravelgreen.com/50-summer-vacation-ideas-for-family-travel/">50 Vacation Ideas for Family Travel</a>.</p> <p><em>Where are you headed on your next vacation? Anything you absolutely must pack in your suitcase?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-must-packs-for-your-summer-vacation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-budget-for-summer-vacation">7 Easy Ways to Budget for Summer Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-protect-yourself-from-theft-while-traveling">7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Theft While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-brexit-could-affect-your-travel-plans">Here&#039;s How Brexit Could Affect Your Travel Plans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airlines-with-the-best-customer-service">5 Airlines With the Best Customer Service</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-travel-hacks-only-frequent-flyers-know">5 Smart Travel Hacks Only Frequent Flyers Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel packing summer vacation Mon, 23 Jul 2012 09:48:35 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 944034 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Downsize and Declutter http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-downsize-and-declutter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bigstock_Finally_In_Our_New_Home_6706963cropped.jpg" alt="family and moving boxes" title="family and moving boxes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>These past two years I've been wavering back and forth between continuing to <a title="When You Should and Shouldn't Rent" href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-you-should-and-shouldnt-rent">rent versus buying a house</a>. Since moving is something I dread, I started packing up my belongings months ago in anticipation of moving, and storing the boxes in one of my unused bedrooms. Many items have been packed away for over six months, leading me to think about downsizing and decluttering. For instance, do I really need that bread maker that's been packed for so long? When was the last time I used it? How many other items have I stored and haven't used in years?</p> <p>I'm not only unsure of what I've packed, but I'm storing them in an unused bedroom! Does this mean I don't really need a 3-bedroom home? I know I'm not the only person to store items away for months or years; the Stor-It and Public Storage facilities a few blocks from my house confirm that others have this same problem.</p> <p>My own packing behavior has lead me to think about downsizing and decluttering. So, I've devised a simple timeline for sorting and decluttering painlessly with a three-phase strategy: 3-month plan, 6-month plan, and the year-or-more plan. (See also: <a title="25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today" href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>3-Month Plan</h2> <p>Items that have been packed for three months or less are items I will keep. Obviously, these items are the most recently packed and are freshly imprinted in my brain. Many of these items include paintings that I intend to hang in my new place, linens that I will continue to use, and knick-knacks and keepsakes that I will cherish forever.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Keep It:</strong> Valuables and family heirlooms, pictures and paintings that are timeless, items that were used frequently and are intended to be used again in the same frequency.</li> </ul> <p>This short-term plan is geared more towards individuals planning on moving within a few months, as in my case. However, if these items become stored for longer than planned, then it's time to reevaluate and move to the next phase.</p> <h2>6-Month Plan</h2> <p>Six months ago, I became serious about moving and started packing items I hadn't used in a while with the idea that I would <em>eventually</em> use them again. Now that these items have been out of sight for six months or longer, I'm beginning to think that I really don't need them.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Reevaluate It:</strong> Knick-knacks that have little sentimental value, kitchen items and small appliances that haven't been used in a while or were used infrequently to begin with, extra linens and blankets that were rarely used.</li> </ul> <p>I'm realizing that many of the items I first packed were items I could live without, such as that bread maker and blender that were only used a handful of times. These items need to be scrutinized; I can obviously live without them.</p> <h2>Year-or-More Plan</h2> <p>I have a few large Rubbermaid bins in the garage that have been sitting untouched for five years. What's in them? I'm not really sure anymore. Thankfully, I have the space to store these items, as I don't think I'd still have them if I had to <em>pay</em> for storage.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Sell It / Chuck It:</strong> Many times, boxes that have been stored for a year or more are filled with unknown and forgotten items. I'm pretty sure that some of the items in my large bins include old lighting fixtures and dishes that haven't seen the light of day for half a decade. It's time to lighten the load by going through these bins and selling, recycling, or repurposing these old items.</li> </ul> <p>Storage facilities have been known to sell occupied units that have fallen delinquent in payment. Think about how the owner could have benefited had they just sold the items they weren't using?</p> <p>Obviously, not everyone can be so nonchalant about getting rid of items they've had for years. Yet, this simple timeline can help prioritize and reduce storage concerns and declutter a home. Thankfully, I don't consider myself a pack-rat and will be following my own guidelines this month.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-house">Little House</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-lessons-from-the-tiny-house-movement">Big Lessons From the Tiny House Movement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-why-self-storage-is-a-really-bad-idea">7 Reasons Why Self-Storage Is a Really Bad Idea</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-a-deep-declutter-can-improve-your-life">12 Ways a Deep Declutter Can Improve Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-a-room-for-10-with-no-extra-effort">Organize a Room for $10 with No Extra Effort</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization decluttering downsizing moving packing storage Tue, 05 Oct 2010 13:00:12 +0000 Little House 254302 at http://www.wisebread.com Money-saving travel hacks from your own home http://www.wisebread.com/money-saving-travel-hacks-from-your-own-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/money-saving-travel-hacks-from-your-own-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/luggage.jpg" alt="luggage at the airport" title="luggage" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="333" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your flight is leaving in less than an hour. Your bag is less than packed. And you&#39;re less than thrilled about the day&#39;s developments. But, you can still look like you planned ahead, thanks to a few <span class="st">household</span> items in your kitchen. And the good news is you don&#39;t have to spend a dime. </p> <p><em> Your best, last-minute packing friends have been cleverly disguised as everyday kitchen products. </em></p> <p><strong>Behold the power of cleaning wipes! </strong> </p> <p> Discover the magical wardrobe saving power of cleaning wipes- the canister of wipes under your sink have hidden powers. Scuffed shoes shed years with this shoe polish in a sponge technique. Just throw a few wipes in a plastic bag so they retain their moisture and you&#39;ve got the ability to spot polish your shoes whenever you need a quick shine. </p> <p><strong>Don&#39;t ever buy travel shampoo </strong> </p> <p>Your brand of shampoo is like your own pillow- your head just won&#39;t feel right without it. And now you don&#39;t have to leave your shampoo behind or drop a $1 or $2 on a travel bottle. While you have the ziploc bags out, you can fill one with shampoo. When you get to your hotel, you can either snip off a corner and squeeze it like a tube of icing or just scoop a bit out. If you have plastic wrap or press n&#39; seal, you can also make your own shampoo and soap containers. Just lay the plastic wrap flat, squeeze in a dollop of shampoo and then lift and twist the ends of the wrapping to form a tight seal. Throw a second layer of wrap around the shampoo, just to make sure it doesn&#39;t leak. </p> <p><em><strong>Best of all, you&#39;ve got all your liquids in a TSA-approved ziploc bag. </strong></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jonathan-bender">Jonathan Bender</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-saving-travel-hacks-from-your-own-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-leave-behind-during-your-midsummer-trip">10 Things to Leave Behind During Your Midsummer Trip</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-you-should-never-do-when-camping">7 Things You Should Never Do When Camping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-diy-air-conditioner-and-14-other-cool-camping-hacks">A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-100s-on-your-next-move">How to Save $100s on Your Next Move</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Travel packing travel-size shampoo Mon, 30 Jul 2007 12:20:03 +0000 Jonathan Bender 918 at http://www.wisebread.com