Packing Lists

Cross-Packing... A Potential Critical Key to a Successful Trip

In researching for the packing lists section, I noticed a glaring deficiency everywhere I looked. I saw no reference to "cross-packing," which I have always viewed as very important any time my husband and I go on a trip that requires us to check a bag. Cross-packing luggage is simply having a couple days' worth of clothing, medicine, and accessories packed in the other persons luggage, and vice versa. This is important because inevitably, a piece of checked luggage will miss a connection or get lost for a period of time. Cross-packing ensures that you and your travel partner (husband, wife, family member, or friend you met on Wander Girl) will have at least a couple days clothing and so forth while the airline recovers your missing luggage. If you travel solo and have to check a bag, packing a day or two worth of clothing in one of your carry-on pieces of luggage serves the same purpose. While it can make a backpack or bag a bit bulky, it can be a preverbal life saver when traveling alone in an unfamiliar area or country.

"If I were packing for a deserted island, I would bring sunscreen, a water purifier, something to start a fire with, my sister, and something for protection."

Gracie Gold