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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.
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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.
Get upgraded for free. Price isn't the only measure of a great deal! To improve your chances of getting an upgrade, wait until about 6pm to check in. By then, the front desk should know which of the nicer rooms are still vacant and you'll have a better chance of scoring one of them—minus the extra cost.
Make a business decision. If your heart's set on a weekend stay, head to the business district for real value. Many hotels in corporate, financial and conference hot spots are busiest midweek and offer better prices on the weekends. (They tend to be close to public transportation, too, so you can save on cabs, cars and gas.)