The Ultimate Tips for Packing Light Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

In today's changing travel world, with weight restrictions and baggage handling fees, lugging heavy suitcases on your airplane trip just doesn’t make sense. Minimize your luggage and travel complications by taking our quiz to learn 10 great tips for packing light.

How much does U.S. Airways charge for each bag checked on a domestic flight?

Not only does U.S. Airways charge $15 to $100 for each bag checked on a domestic flight, there are additional fees for bags weighing more than 50 pounds (22.6 kilograms).

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What's the maximum size that most airlines allow for carry-ons?

Make sure your suitcase doesn't exceed a total width and depth of 60 inches (152.4 centimeters). You can then stow your bag in the overhead compartment and avoid a long wait at baggage claim, as well as baggage fees.

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What is the first thing you should do before packing for a trip?

According to travel guru Joanne V. Lichten, not only should you make a list before starting your packing, but you should keep different lists for different types and lengths of trips -- one for a two-day business trips and another for a weeklong cruise.

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When traveling, take several pairs of _____ in your luggage.

Though you should definitely take several extra pairs of socks and underwear when you travel, you should be able to make do with only one extra skirt or pair of pants and one jacket and sweater. Take a few extra blouses or shirts and you're ready to go.

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What's a great way to cut down on the amount of clothing you take with you on a trip?

To cut down on the amount of clothing you take with you on a trip, take along some laundry detergent and wash your clothing in the hotel sink or tub at night or take advantage of the laundry service offered by many hotels.

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Which of the following fabrics are great for traveling because they are quick-drying?

Buy a few quick-dry, nylon or spandex garments from a specialty travel clothing retailer. Garments made of these fabrics are a breeze to rinse out in your hotel at night and should dry by morning.

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It's _____ okay to wear the same thing twice on a business trip.

If your meetings are being conducted with the same people each day, or if there is a special event planned, it's best to bring a change of clothing. Otherwise, there is no reason why you can't wear the same thing twice.

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When traveling in winter, wear multiple layers of lightweight attire to:

Wearing multiple layers of lightweight clothing traps air and conserves body heat. A few lightweight items will also take up less room in your suitcase than one heavy, bulky coat or sweater.

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What can you wear instead of a bulky overcoat to keep you warm when traveling to cold climates?

Travel writer Rick Steves recommends wearing a lightweight pair of long underwear made of silk or synthetic fabric and replacing your bulky overcoat with a lightweight sweater and jacket.

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_____ can do double duty as a nightgown and a beach cover-up.

An oversized T-shirt can do double-duty as a beach cover-up by day and a nightgown by night.

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Which type of dress can do double-duty as both day and evening attire?

According to fashion consultant Mary Stephenson, a wrap dress is a great solution that will work for both casual and somewhat formal occasions.

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Which of the following fabrics smells better after multiple wearings?

Not only do wrinkle-resistant synthetic blends look just as good as wool and cotton, they smell better after multiple wearings.

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Which clothing company sells a line of wrinkle-resistant polyester-and-cotton-blend dress shirts that smooth out as you wear them?

L.L. Bean sells a mail-order line of wrinkle-resistant polyester-and-cotton-blend dress shirts; even if they look wrinkled when you take them out of your bag, they smooth out as you wear them.

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Which color clothing is best to pack for easy care on a trip?

Be sure to pack dark colors that hide the inevitable stains, and try to pack only clothing that mixes and matches well with each other. Stick with black, denim and khaki when traveling and you can't go too wrong.

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How much does a pair of dress shoes add to your total luggage weight?

Since dress shoes add 1.5 pounds (0.6 kilograms) to your total luggage weight, it's best to limit yourself to two pairs of shoes when traveling.

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Imelda Marcos, wife of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, left behind _____ pairs of shoes when she fled the Philippines in 1986.

You'll need to learn a lesson from Imelda Marcos if you want to cut down on your shoe travel weight. The wife of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos, reportedly left behind 2,700 pairs of shoes when she left the country with him in 1986.

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How many people were treated in the United States in 2007 for injuries related to carrying luggage?

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2007, more than 50,000 people were treated in emergency rooms, doctors' offices and clinics for injuries related to carrying luggage.

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Which method of packing saves the most space in your suitcase?

To save space in your suitcase, roll or bundle-wrap your clothes, by wrapping garments tightly around a central object.

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In which type of store can you buy sample-size containers of shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant?

Always travel with sample-size containers of deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lotions, which you can buy at either the dollar store or the drugstore.

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In which of your bags should you pack your heavier items?

Because airlines do not generally limit the weight of your personal carry-on, such as a purse or knapsack, it pays to put some of your heavier items in there to lighten the load in your suitcase.

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