AAA Expert’s Guide to Packing Your Bags

AAA Expert’s Guide to Packing Your Bags

How to Pack Your Luggage Like a Pro!
Elizabeth Staley
Pack your bags like a pro!

Taking a trip soon? Follow our bag packing expert’s tips to make sure all your items are available, organized and ready so you can enjoy a worry-free getaway!

  1.  Make a list of all the things you need and lay items out.
  2.  Fold and roll items to save the most space in a suitcase.
  3.  Place rolled items into packing cubes to strategically pack items.
  4.  Organize packing cubes as you see fit. Keep outfits separate, or pack by outfit or items.
  5.  Now you have extra space in your day bag for items you want on hand, like a sweatshirt, poncho, travel journal and hair supplies.
  6.  Pack liquid items into a 3-1-1 bag for an easier experience with TSA at the airport. “3-1-1” is the TSA rule for bringing liquids on board a plane. Each passenger may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters. Each passenger is limited to one quart-size bag of liquids, gels and aerosols. 


  • Leave the hairdryer at home. Most hotel rooms have hair dryers.
  • Find your luggage faster when checking your bags with unique, colorful tags. 

Find 3-1-1 bags, packing cubes and a variety of other travel accessories and luggage in the AAA Travel Store of your local AAA Travel and Insurance Center. Locate your nearest AAA at

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Submitted by Powers (not verified) on Tue, 09/14/2021 - 15:24


The 3-1-1 rule isn't "3.4oz of 1 item per 1 person" it's 3.4oz containers in one single transparent bag per 1 person.

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