I’ve been on the road (and in the sky) with JetBlue’s 10th J.D. Power award for the past seven weeks, and we’ve already visited half of our 87 BlueCities! Traveling to a different city every day has been both hectic and exciting. In addition to meeting so many enthusiastic and hospitable JetBlue crewmembers, I’ve also learned a thing or two about how to pack like a champ! Since I’ve been traveling with just one carry-on bag, people often ask me, “How can you pack clothing for three months in one carry-on?” Here are a few packing tricks that have been helpful.
Take a load off. I pack enough clothes for one week, and then do laundry at my hotel. Next time you book a hotel, research if it has a guest laundry service. You’ll be surprised by how many hotels offer this service – I certainly was!
Organize. I’ve purchased compression packing bags. I organize one or two outfits by bag, so that I only have to open the bag that has the clothes I need. You may also consider using packing cubes. Packing cubes are space saving zipped bags that can be used to organize the items in your suitcase. They come in different shapes. My suggestion is to assign one bag for each item (one bag for pants, one bag for shirts, etc.). This makes it easier to find items fast, without having to unfold each item of clothing in your suitcase. Your bag will begin to look just like a Tetris game!
Color coordinate. When packing, take into consideration the color of your clothes. I try to bring clothes that are of the following colors: blue, brown, pink and gray. With these colors, I can pair any of my pants with any of my shirts and it gives the impression I have many more outfits than I actually do.
Ship it. I’m not a big souvenir buyer, but sometimes I find something that I would like to have as a keepsake of my trip. To save space in my bag, I usually ship it home. However, when traveling to places far away from home, shipping can be costly. In this case, rethink the purchase – do you really have room in your suitcase for that oversized indigenous coconut mask?
Transformers. Pack items that can serve several purposes. I have a black scarf that can be used as a beach dress, a shawl with an evening dress or a blanket on the plane. Also, pack sneakers that can be used for staying comfortable while seeing the sites as well as while running on that hotel treadmill.
Now you are ready to pack a small bag and hit the road!
Over the next few weeks, I’ll travel to 39 more BlueCities and I look forward to sharing more experiences with you along the way. This journey has been a celebration of JetBlue’s award-winning service and I’ve been so impressed with the crewmembers I’ve met. They truly care about our customers and each other.
Take Note. Pack a pen. This is a simple time saver. When traveling to international destinations, you’ll be ready to complete your forms onboard and accelerate the screening process upon arrival.