Packing Tips

packing-tipsAt our PHL parking facility, we know that packing for a trip can be frustrating. Many people aren’t sure what to bring and end up bringing too much or too little, so we’re here with some helpful tips on what to bring and what to leave for your beach trip, ski trip, or business trip.

For a Beach Trip (or somewhere warm):

Pack light clothing: The weather is going to be warm, so make sure you pack clothing that is light and airy (cotton is the best). Don’t forget to pack a jacket and a pair of pants, however, as many places will drop in temperature at night.

Remember the beach essentials: Pack a bathing suit or two, sunglasses, towels, sunscreen, aloe lotion (to treat sunburn) and entertainment for the beach like music, a beach ball, or a book or magazine.

Leave the big stuff: A big umbrella or a beach chair can take up a lot of room, so leave them behind and buy them once you reach your destination.

Stay hydrated: It’s easy to get dehydrated in warm weather, so pack plenty of water. It’s also a good idea to bring snacks, like a granola bar or dried fruit.

Mix up the shoes: It’s always a good idea to pack a variety of shoes. Grab some sandals, sneakers or comfortable shoes (especially if you’ll be walking), and dress shoes for the night life. And remember ladies – there are holes in between the boards of boardwalks, so our PHL parking members suggest wearing wedge heels!

For a Business Trip:

Minimize your luggage: If you can, pack everything into a carry-on bag (or two, depending on the airline policy). This way, you won’t have to worry about checking your luggage or worry about the airline losing it.

Be prepared: Take the time to fully charge your laptop before you leave and make sure you pack your charger or an extra battery. If you’re traveling internationally, check the outlet shape and if necessary, get an electricity outlet adapter. Also, make sure your important business and travel documents are easy to access.

Pack only essential clothing: All you really need are the main pieces of a professional outfit plus a few extra ties, shirts, and accessories for variety. Then, pack one or two casual outfits for outings when you’re not working.

Go travel-sized: The members of our PHL parking facility suggest bringing travel-sized toiletries to avoid clutter. If you don’t want to purchase new ones, you can buy small containers to fill with your own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.

Convert your money before you leave: If you’re headed to a country that uses a different currency, convert some of your money before you leave to avoid expensive conversion fees and to have some on-hand.

For a Ski Trip (or somewhere cold):

Pack cold-weather essentials: Most of your body heat is lost through your head and feet, so make sure to pack gloves, hats, scarves, and plenty of extra socks to help you stay warm.

Leave the cotton behind: Cotton won’t help keep you dry, so if you sweat while you’re on the slopes, pack layers that are made of synthetic material (like polypropylene or polyester) that wick away moisture for the best results. You can always layer warm pants and a fleece jacket over them before you put on your ski pants and coat.

Use compression bags: At our PHL parking facility, we know that winter clothes like sweaters or snow gear can be bulky, so invest in some compression bags. You’ll be able to fit a lot more into your suitcase.

Be prepared: When skiing or snowboarding, keep a list of personal information (medication allergies, blood type, emergency contact phone number, etc.) on you at all times. Traveling down a mountain can be dangerous, so it’s always good to have the information on-hand.

Lotion up: In cold weather, your skin can dry out very easily, so remember to pack a good moisturizing lotion (such as shea butter or cocoa butter) and apply regularly.

No matter where you’re going, make parking at the Philadelphia Airport easy by calling Winner Airport parking!