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Packing Tips


Each airline has its own size and weight limits for carry-on and checked luggage. Check the size and weight limits for all airlines and flights on your itinerary. Baggage size and weight limits for long-haul international flights can differ from regional flights abroad, and additional baggage fees may apply to some flights.


Carry-On Size Restrictions

  • On most airlines, you are allowed one carry-on item that will fit in the overhead bins and a personal item that must fit under the seat in front of you. Some airlines charge for carry-ons.

  • Most airlines have baggage sizers near the check-in counter. If your bag doesn't fit in the sizer, you may be required to check it in the hold or at the gate.

Checked Baggage Size / Weight Restrictions

Airlines have size and weight limits for checked luggage. Bags that exceed these limits may be charged an additional fee at check-in.



Review the TSA guidance on what's allowed in checked baggage and carry-on luggage. Each airline and country may have different restrictions.


Bring any prescription medication in the original bottle with the dose and prescribing doctor's name on it. Some medicines approved in the U.S. are not available in other countries. Be sure to bring enough to get you through the trip, and if you cannot go without the medication, consider bringing some extra and storing it in two different bags.


OTC medications available in the USA may not be available in other countries. If you have an OTC allergy medicine or cold medicine that you prefer, try to bring some with you. Tylenol and Aspirin are generally available but can be more expensive. Travel with digestive aids for heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, and electrolyte powders for rehydration.

If you need to use medical devices such as CPAP machines or nebulizers, make sure the power supply is rated with the voltage available in the country you are visiting, or buy a dual voltage model for travel. Using only a plug adapter could cause damage to your device. See Voltage Standards by Country

When it comes to picking shoes for travel, there are a few key factors to consider to ensure that you choose footwear that is comfortable, practical, and versatile:


Comfort: Look for shoes with cushioned soles, arch support, and a comfortable fit. For travel days, slip-ons can make passing through security easier, and closed-toe shoes can offer protection when maneuvering heavy, wheeled luggage in confined spaces. If your feet swell during flight, pick a roomier style with stretch.


Practicality: Consider the activities you'll be doing on your trip and choose shoes appropriate for the terrain and climate.

  • For uneven surfaces or hiking, you'll want shoes with good traction and ankle support.

  • If you are visiting a hot climate, you may want shoes that are breathable and lightweight.

  • For wet climates, consider waterproof shoes from brands like Blondo, Vessi, and La Canadienne.

  • Pack flip-flops and water shoes for beach destinations and watersports like snorkeling and kayaking.


Versatility: To minimize the number of shoes you need to pack, choose neutral colors that can be worn with multiple outfits and dressed up or down for various activities.


Durability: Look for shoes that are well-made and durable that will hold up to lots of walking. Pick materials like leather, suede, or canvas that are easy to wipe clean. 


Packability: If you're packing light, consider shoes that are easy to pack and don't take up too much room in your luggage. Foldable flats, lightweight sneakers, or sandals that can be rolled up are good options. Wear the bulkiest pair on the plane and pack the others. 

Style: For sightseeing, casual lunches, and museums, go for comfort! For nicer restaurants or special events, pack something dressier made of leather or fabric. If you plan to wear heels, consider a block heel that can handle cobblestones, subway stairs, and gravel. In some destinations, flip-flops are considered pool shoes, and you won't see many on the street.

Whichever shoes you choose, break them in well before you depart. There's nothing worse than blisters on day two from spiffy new shoes that rub the wrong way.


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