Pack like a pro with these tips from frequent flyers

July 16, 2018
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Unclaimed baggage sits at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Packing your bag can be such a drag: the hassles, the mistakes that get you in trouble with the TSA, the impossibility of ever learning to travel light for a change. In this episode of the Associated Press travel podcast “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz talks with two AP journalists who’ve spent a lot of time in the air, Scott Mayerowitz and Lisa Lerer, to get their advice on how to pack the perfect bag.

We’ll hear about luggage considerations, tricks like using the space inside your packed shoes to stuff in socks, and how your packing style changes once you have kids.

This episode of “Get Outta Here!” first aired in 2017.


New episodes of “Get Outta Here!” are published every Wednesday. Host Beth J. Harpaz is travel editor for The Associated Press, a volunteer Big Apple Greeter and a licensed tour guide in her native New York City. She recently completed a quest to visit all 50 states.

Before becoming travel editor, where most of the news - thank goodness - is about happy people going on nice vacations, Beth covered politics, disasters and all manner of mayhem for the AP. And not to reveal her age, but she also worked for several newspapers way back in the 20th century and even wrote three books.

She does not own wheeled luggage but instead carries her belongings around the world in an ancient backpack and various tote bags.


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