Be sure that you have printed itineraries for everyone in your party, and make color copies of important ID documents as well. Keep the copies in your bag, separate from your passport and other IDs. It`s also a great idea for each person to have a list of emergency numbers, either for them to call or for someone else providing assistance. Of course, packing light can make travel a lot more enjoyable. Who wants to lug 100 pounds of luggage through the airport? Not us. Here are some ideas to help you lighten the load:
Do laundry at your destination. Nobody wants to do laundry on vacation, but if you`re willing to sacrifice a little time, you can pack far fewer items of clothing. If you won`t have access to facilities, you can wash clothes in the hotel sink and hang them up to dry.
Easy on the shoes. If you can, pack only one or two pairs of shoes. It`s best to wear the heavier pair during travel if possible, and pack the lighter one.
Ditch the books. Consider using an e-reader instead of packing actual books - that way you can carry hundreds of books on your trip! If you don`t own or want an e-reader, you can buy books once you reach your destination. Thrift shops are great places to find inexpensive books. If flying, don`t check your bag. This will not only force you to take smaller pieces of luggage, but with most airlines charging checked-baggage fees.