Y’all, I did long distance for 3 years, I have gone between living in Canada and the US. Currently, I live in New Mexico, my in-laws are in California, and my parents are in Canada. I have flown a lot.

In 2 days, I’ll be on a plane to go back to Canada, for a wedding and some family time. I don’t even think it’s hit me that I’m going back to my “Motherland.”

Obviously, it can be daunting to pack for a big trip. Females want to pack an outfit for every day and have it all planned out. They pack too many clothes, really too much of everything, and they are forced to pay for their luggage.

I hate paying for luggage. It feels like a total waste. I think that this coming trip I will be forced to pay for luggage. Ugh. It’s a necessary evil this time around because I’m in a wedding, and that requires a lot of extras, like shoes, clothes, makeup. Ideally Husband and I would just share one luggage, or be able to fit everything we needed between our carry on luggage, but we are going to be apart for most of the trip.

I’m getting ready to pack, and I was thinking of all tricks I’ve learnt over the past 5 years. Here are my best tips:

For your carry on luggage, you can bring one carry on bag, and one personal item. Make these count.

Most of the time you can get away with just doing carry on and save yourself some $$$.

Here’s the best part, your personal bag can be a backpack. I see some people fly that just bring their purse. NO! Bring a backpack, and put your purse in the backpack and you can pack way more stuff in there. I overstuff my backpack (mostly because I want to bring yarn on the plane) and I’ve always been able to stuff the backpack under the seat in front of me.

Put your laptop, liquids, and other things you have to take out for security in the front pocket.

You know you have to take them out anyway, so make it easily accessible.

Don’t wear shoes you have to tie.

Most likely you will have to take your shoes off, so think ahead.

Don’t wear a belt.

You will have to take it off, and sit there and put it back on.

Wear warm clothes.  

Planes are almost always cold. I get cold. Plus, if you wear sweaters or a coat, it means that you don’t have to pack them. And sweaters take up a lot of room. Even if you don’t get cold, you can just tie your sweater to your backpack.

Plan multiple activities to do on the plan.

I always bring a crochet project, a book and a phone full of songs. I get bored of doing the same thing after a few hours, so bring multiple things to do for when the inevitable happens and you don’t feel like reading anymore.

Bring an external battery.

This is the first time I’ve actually done this, but I know that it will make a difference. No longer will I be wandering around airports trying to find a plug in, but I will be able to charge my phone even on the plane. Here is the one I got and I love it.

Bring an empty water bottle.

Bottled water is crazy expensive inside airports because you can’t bring it from the outside. However, nothing stops you from filling up once you are on the inside. Good airports will even have water bottle filling station.

That’s what I’ve learnt over these past years. What flying tricks do you have?

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