My husband and I are blessed to have such wonderful children. In a few days, we will be in the air headed for Okinawa, Japan. One of our daughters purchased our airline tickets so that we can be there for her upcoming military graduation from leadership school.
This trip will be my opportunity to share with you my travel experiences. The first thing I will share is…
How to Pack for a 5-Day Trip
Check-In and Carry-On Bags
For those not familiar with traveling by plane, knowing the difference between a check-in bag and carry-on bag is essential.
CHECK-IN BAGS are your larger luggage, suitcases, other various cases or bags that are held in the cargo area of an airplane. When you check in for your flight at the airline counter, you also check-in these bags which are then tagged and delivered to an airline for transportation. Depending on the airlines, your first check-in bag may be free while other airlines charge anywhere from $25 to $200 per check-in bag. Passengers have no access to check-in bags while en route to their destinations. Upon arriving to your destination, they are retrieved at the determined carousel in the arrival’s area.
Dimensions and Weight Limits: A typical check in bag is: 27 inches x 21 inches x 14 inches. Typical weight requirements for check-in bags is 50 lbs (23 kg).. When traveling or first or business class it is 70 lbs(32 kg).
However, some airline carriers will allow overweight, oversize or additional baggage for additional fees.
CARRY-ON BAGS or hand-carries are smaller bags including back packs permitted in the passenger area of an airplane. These bags should also fit in the overhead bin inside the airplane. If necessary, passengers could have access to their carry-on bags during a flight.
Dimensions and Weight Limits: Typical carry-on bags should be no more than 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 centimeters x 35 centimeters x 56 centimeters) including handles and wheels. Depending on the airlines, there really is no weight limit but passengers must be able to lift it into the overhead compartment.
In addition to check-in and carry-on bags, passengers are also allowed one personal item they can take on the plane.
Personal items are even smaller than carry-on bags. They include but are not limited to handbags, purses, briefcases or laptop bags. It should be able to fit under the seat in front of you on the plane.
Dimensions and Weight Limits: Some airlines may have restrictions on the dimensions of personal items and may state that maximum dimensions for your personal item be 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm).
So, my husband and I are taking a 5-day trip and we need to start packing. Between the two of us, we are bringing one check-in bag, 2 carry-on bags, and 2 personal items.
Our check-in bag will be filled with goodies for our daughter. When I say goodies, I am actually talking about prepackaged foods, including frozen items, from home that she isn’t able to find in Okinawa. Packing food items is something my husband and I normally do when we go to visit our children. Some may find it strange to pack foods into a check-in bag but it’s one of the few ways we can transport these items. We are very scrupulous when we pack food items. If necessary, we vacuum seal items to preserve their freshness and to help with keeping the items from becoming damaged during transport. With the frozen items, we ensure that they go directly into a freezer once we get to our destination.
Our carry-on bags will strictly be for our clothes and shoes this time since it is a short trip. We have recently upgraded our carry-on bags. My husband will be using a Samsonite and I will be using a Penguin brand.
Things to Consider
Some things to consider when packing clothes and shoes for your trip:
Purpose: For example, our main purpose for this trip is to attend a military graduation. So, we have to be sure to pack semi-formal outfits for the occasion.
Weather: Always be sure to check what the weather will be like while you are there at your destination, Even though you might be headed to an island destination, you might still need some clothes for an unexpected monsoon.
Activities: Pack according to the types of activities you will be engaging in. If you plan to do some hiking, be sure to bring along your hiking boots. Going to do lots of sightseeing? Bring along some great walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Going to be in the sun? Bring lots of sunblock and sunglasses.
Unexpected Excursions: It’s always safe to bring along a dressy casual outfit just in case someone invites you out to a nice dinner or an out on the town where jeans and a t-shirt won’t make do.
My Personal Packing
Based on the above-listed considerations these are the items I will be bringing:
- (1) Dressy casual outfit with heels
- (1) Pair of Jeans with (2) possible casual and cool blouses
- (1) Pair of shorts with (1) casual top
- (3) Pairs of leggings with matching tops
- (1) Travel outfit to wear back home
- (1) Pair of running shoes
Plus, I have the pair of slip on shoes that I’ll be wearing on my way over. Of course, I’ll be bringing along my unmentionables to last for the duration.
Also, I went through my wardrobe to find as many wrinkle-free travel clothes as I could based on a previous article I wrote…
Ready to Go
That is “How to Pack for a 5-Day Trip”. As the song goes, “all my bags are packed and I’m ready to go”. We are all set to check-in for our flight to Okinawa and I can’t wait to share my travel experience with the world. After all, this site is called Travel Away Life. I hope that you find this article enjoyable as much as it is useful. I would so love to hear about your travel experiences, as well, and you can share how YOU pack for a 5-day trip. Please leave a comment because I absolutely love hearing from my readers and followers!
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