ASHLAND, Ore. – Almost every airline charges passengers to check a bag at this point. That’s why travel experts at Travel Essentials in Ashland say people should cut the cost and consolidate. They say all you really need is one carry-on bag, for a two-week trip.
Nancy Bestor has been an owner of the Travel Essentials store for 20 years. She holds workshops every year to teach people packing basics for traveling. Bestor said that for a two-week trip you should try to only pack two pairs of pants and five to six shirts. She explained that most people can get away with mixing and matching outfits each day, and can also consider quick-dry fabrics that can be washed in the sink.
Bestor said another way to lighten the load is by cutting down on pairs of shoes. She advised future travelers to wear their heaviest items on-board, whether they be boots or a jacket, to save room for the essentials in the carry-on.
She said the same rules apply for those packing for a family, “It works the same for kids as it does for adults, if you take clothes that are easy care that you can wash out in the sink. I washed a lot more clothes out in the sink when my kids traveled with me, and dry overnight, and the truth of the matter is if your kids are wearing something that might be a little bit dirty, they’re kids, and people are going to understand that.”
When it comes to liquids, security restrictions only allow one quart-sized, clear, plastic bag — with three ounce containers. Bestor reminded not to forget that toothpaste counts, but that’s really all the liquid products necessary for a two-week trip – and remember there are always stores at your destination if you need a little extra.