General Packing Tips
Always check the weather forecast for the dates you’ll be traveling before making your final packing decisions.
- Fill all the Holes, put socks and underwear in shoes
- Interweave folded non permanent press items (stewardess taught me this)
- Use heavier items or the suitcase strap to press or hold items in place
- Roll knit items (after folding nicely)
- Color coordinate your outfits so you can mix and match
- Think layers
- Choose a jacket with a zip-out liner and a zip-off hood
- Pack light – how many times can you wear that pair of pants/shorts/skirt?
- Pull everything out you think you’ll need to take, then weed
- Weed some more
- Unless you’re going to a third world country, you can buy toiletries on your trip
When you pack for an Alaskan vacation, be sure to think in terms of layers. My lightweight rain jacket with a zip out flannel liner was perfect for an Alaskan summer (which often includes chilly rain). Depending on the time of year, consider short-sleeved t-shirts you can layer with a sweater or sweatshirt. Remember temperatures can fluctuate between high 80s and low 50s. You won’t want to sweat or freeze. Again, layering is the key.