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Packing tips for vacation

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Packing for vacation can be intimidating whether you’re going away for the weekend or on an extended trip. You find yourself constantly checking and double checking to make sure you have everything, squeezing in that last pair of shoes – only to find out your bag is over the airline weight limit. While packing is never going to be as enjoyable as your actual trip, here are some tips that will help ease the packing process:

Use a checklist. Ever get done packing and have that nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something? Reduce the risk of leaving something behind by having a go-to packing list that you can organize by your destination’s climate. With a list you won’t end up forgetting the necessities in the chaos of packing.

Roll, don’t fold. Tightly roll your clothes when you’re packing instead of folding them. They’ll take up less space and will be less prone to wrinkling.

Stick to neutrals. Resist the impulse to pack an entirely different outfit for each day. Pack pieces you can mix and match throughout your trip – it helps to stick to neutral colors that can be paired with almost anything. Do this, and you’ll likely be able to fit enough clothes for your vacation in just a carry-on.

Try packing aids. Packing aids like compression bags can allow you to vacuum pack your clothes into tiny, tight bundles. If you’re headed for a long trip or concerned about space this is one way to help.

Know the rules. Knowing the luggage size and weight requirements as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules before traveling will make your experience at the airport that much easier. You won’t be left dispersing items from one suitcase to another in the middle of the airport to sneak in under the weight limit.

Pack travel insurance. Whatever else you decide to pack for your vacation make sure your checklist includes a travel insurance plan with 24/7 assistance. Travel Guard’s ‘round the clock assistance can go to work on your behalf re-booking flights and hotels, finding lost luggage and more. Plus a travel insurance plan can cover you for things like travel delays due to inclement weather, trip cancellation/interruption and medical expenses so you can book your vacation with confidence. To find out more simply ask your travel agent, call 800.851.0048 or visit

Here,s a travel idea…Iceland

Iceland is more than ice.

You may think Iceland doesn’t sound like a summer trip, but you’d be wrong. During the summer months the sun only sets in Iceland for around three hours, giving travelers plenty of time to explore the area. Celebrate with locals at one of the many festivals or go off the beaten track and explore Iceland’s rugged interior landscape. The interior of Iceland is called the highlands and this terrain is only accessible during summer months, but the beauty is well worth the wait. Another bonus of traveling to Iceland during the summer is the large puffin population. The world’s largest puffin colonies call Iceland home from April through August, and they are definitely worth a visit!

Thanks to Travel Guard for these great ideas.

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