Make sure you check your luggage to see that it is in good shape, buy all the things on your need to buy list and start organizing your clothes, toiletries, shoes, medications, electronics, camera items.
At least a couple of days before your departure date, I would physically begin packing. Start with your most important items like your passport, confirmation numbers & e-mails, itinerary documents, airline tickets/boarding pass, your electronics, toiletries, your clothes and finally your other miscellaneous items. Now if you have an i-touch and laptop you will be able to store a lot of your documents and touring information on there reducing the paperwork.
Do one more final check and then sit back and relax before your trip rather than frantically running errands trying to buy things for your trip or rushing to do your laundry at the last minute. Don’t pull an all night-er the night before you leave on your trip. Trust me on this one!
Now how you put things into your luggage and carry-on is also very important too. You can’t just go willy nilly and throw things in there. You will be able to fit more things in there if they are neat and organized.
TIPS ON HOW TO PACK
Weight Distribution: Distributing the weight of your luggage (and also your carry-on) contents is important. I place my heavier items at the bottom back of my luggage, so when standing upright, it won’t tip over.
Avoiding Breakage/Spillage: If I am bringing home souvenirs that are breakable, I will use my clothes (like fleece tops or socks) to provide cushion around the items. If I am taking wine or some other type of liquid item, I will use this item called Wine Skins. I has a tight seal and bubble wrap to secure your bottles.
Label Your Luggage: Make sure that you label your luggage. Also print out your lodging information or contact information where you can be reached at your final destination and put it in your luggage. In the event your luggage is lost someone will know how to reach you.
Lock or Unlock: Some people prefer the added security of locking their luggage or using a regulation TSA lock. I choose not to lock my luggage because I notice that when you bring your check luggage to the security x-ray machine you have to wait with your luggage until it has cleared. I’d rather get to the gate. Plus anything that is worth taking or stealing stays with me in my carry-on backpack.