Hotel Checkout Checklist

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Nothing is worse than getting back home from a vacation and realizing you left your favorite jacket in the hotel closet or your laptop charger in the outlet. Next time you check out, look over this list and make sure you can answer "yes" to the following questions:

1. Did I pack the night before? It's easier to pack up your suitcase the night before you check out of a hotel room. That way, you're not pressed for time and rushing to make the checkout time, and you'll avoid leaving items behind.

10 of the Best Packing Tips for a Hassle-Free Trip

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Last week, we asked Anne Banas of SmarterTravel for her favorite packing tips. We loved her suggestions, so we decided to come up with a few of our own.

  • Roll, don't fold, your clothing. It saves space and prevents harsh crease lines.
  • Bring a bag for dirty laundry. While most hotels supply them (check the closet!), sometimes they aren't big enough. If you're staying at a rented home or some other alternative type of accommodation, they probably won't have them at all.
  • Bring one outfit in your carry-on, just in case your luggage gets lost. Also, carry on anything you absolutely need, such as important documents, your ID, passport, medication, credit cards, and cash. And if you're traveling with another person, you should each put two days' worth of clothing in each other's suitcases. If one suitcase gets lost, you'll still have some clothes in the other.


Anne Banas of SmarterTravel Shares Her Favorite Packing Tips

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Every traveler knows that packing for a trip can be hectic and stressful. You don't want to overload your suitcase and be forced to pay the overweight-bag fee, plus lugging around a heavy bag is exhausting. You definitely don't want to experience that dreaded moment when you realize you left something important at home, either. To help, we asked Anne Banas, Executive Editor of SmarterTravel, what her best packing suggestions are. Here's what she said:

  • Never pack valuables—such as laptop computers, jewelry, etc.—in your checked bag. The airlines will not reimburse you for them if your bags are lost. Instead, pack them in your carry-on, or leave them at home.
  • Always keep cell-phone chargers in your carry-on bag since you won't have access to them once you've checked your bag. If you get stranded at the airport, you'll need your phone for making arrangements and you won't want to be left without power.