Welcome to IndependentTraveler.com's comprehensive guide to packing for a trip. On this page, we offer expert tips on what to pack, what to leave at home and how to solve the most common packing dilemmas. You'll also find cool interactive tools such as an interactive packing list and a quiz to find out your packing personality.
14 Things You Might Not Think to Pack -- But Should
Don't Just Pack Lighter; Pack Smarter
The Quest for Perfect Carry-On Items
Does your packing strategy need a little work? Educate yourself with our comprehensive packing tips -- and then go more in depth with travel-tested suggestions from our readers.
Expert Packing Tips for Every Type of Trip
Are you visiting a city, hitting the beach, traveling in the great outdoors or going on safari? Get personalized packing suggestions for four common trip types.
Interactive Packing List
Never forget your underwear again! Get organized with our interactive packing list, which features more than 100 commonly packed items. Customize it, save it, e-mail it and more.
Must-Read Advice for Overpackers
If you're the type of traveler who can't close your suitcase without sitting on it, it's time to lighten your load. See our list of what not to pack and learn how to travel with only a carry-on.
Common Packing Problems: Solved!
From buying too many souvenirs to leaving something vital at home, we've got solutions to the most common packing problems. And don't miss these packing mistakes you're probably making.
10 Things Not to Do When Checking a Bag
Make sure your luggage arrives on time and in one piece by avoiding these 10 common mistakes that fliers make when checking a bag -- including mismanaging your liquids and using non-TSA-approved locks.
7 Things Not to Do When Packing a Carry-On Bag
There's an art to packing a carry-on. Sidestep these carry-on mistakes, and you can save money, have a smoother flight and avoid running afoul of airport security.
Quiz: What's Your Packing Personality?
Are you a perfect packer ... or a packing disaster? Take our quiz to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, and to get personalized tips for your packing style.
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