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August 17, 2016 OTA News No Comments Email Email

standing in the airport security line, rifling through carry on luggage in search of  our plastic baggie full of liquids and gels. By now you think travellers would be used to it, but there are  always a few folks who forget to pack one, some who over pack and others who completely flout the  rules, hoping no one notices. 

Like it or not, our packing strategies say a lot about how we approach travel and life in general. And has peered into these plastic windows to reveal the 10 most common personalities.

The “No space wasted” 


It’s safe to say, you’ve always been pretty good at  Tetris. When packing is complete, there’s not an  inch of space to be found, every item strategically  placed – and hopefully you don’t need something  from the bottom before you reach your destination  because once packed there’s a real chance you will  never be able to reassemble it. You’re one to play  by the rules, but if there is any wiggle room, you’ll  find it. You’re also a great travel companion, always  prepared, efficient and knowledgeable with all your  bases covered.

The “Oops, I did it again”   


It’s not that you’re absentminded, you’re just a free  spirit. And it’s only while rushing to reach security  that it dawns on you that you may have some  liquids that need to be separated from the rest of  your belongings. That nip of alcohol? Down it. That  half bottle of leave‐in conditioner? It’s called “leave‐ in” for a reason. Those nice people in line behind  you don’t mind watching you chug 400 millilitres of  bottled water or waiting as you rifle through your  bag for that can of hairspray you think you packed.   You aren’t much of a planner and consider it a win if  you roll up to the gate before they have to call your  name over the loudspeaker for final boarding.

The “If you can’t beat them, join them” 


You go with the flow in life and in travel. Never one  to check a bag, you pack a small carry‐on without any  second thoughts or packing regret. You’d probably be  okay with no baggie at all, but since that travel‐size  toothpaste is still lingering around from your last trip,  you may as well bring it along for the ride. And you  don’t want to feel left out when everyone is reaching  for theirs at security. Some would say it’s an odd time  to experience FOMO, but you do like to feel included.  You’re a firm believer that in life, things always have a  way of working out.

The “Blame it on the alcohol”  


This bag is VERY important to you, but not for toiletry  purposes. Bathroom items are totally replaceable. But  they might not have that special raspberry‐infused  vodka where you’re headed. You’re a “No space  wasted” tried and true, except your essentials are less  shampoo and eye cream and more Jack Daniels and  Jose Cuervo. When it comes to your trip, you’re here  for a good time, not a long time. But truthfully, isn’t  having fun what travelling (and life) is all about?

The “You fancy, huh?”  


Just because you have to carry your liquids separately  doesn’t mean it can’t be done in style. While you  abide by the size rule, you prefer to invest in a  specialty bag over the standard flimsy variety. Maybe  it even bears your name or initials. You believe what  you wear and what you carry is an extension of  yourself, and your carry‐on liquids bag is no different.  You cringe at travellers in old sweatpants and flip  flops – you have your Pashmina and cute flats laid out  the night before your trip, ready to strut their way  through airport security like you’re walking a different  kind of runway.

The “Must have missed the memo”  


For you, the rules are meant to be broken. You aren’t  sure how anyone fits everything they need into those  little baggies, but you’re not about to find out, instead  upgrading to the ‘larger size’. You can’t help that your  specialty cream cannot be removed from its oddly‐ shaped jar. Sporting this bag shows you’re a bit of a  rebel. You prefer to test the waters to see if you can get  what you want, rather than simply comply and  compromise. You know you’re risking it all (well, all  your hair products, anyway) but you want what you  want and you aren’t afraid to at least attempt to get it.

The “Yeah, no need”


You never really understood why people felt the need  to bring these bags in the first place. It’s literally extra  baggage. You’ll figure it out when you get there. If it  can’t be bought, it can be borrowed – and vice versa.  Vacations are for relaxing, not worrying about how  you’ll tightly pack items into a ridiculously small bag.  You are also pretty charming and know that you can  get what you need with a wink and a smile. After all,  what’s a little toothpaste between friends?

The “Free sample guru” 


You’ve collected and stashed freebies for a moment  just like this. In your eyes, you can’t go wrong filling  your carry‐on baggie with these bite‐size upscale  gems. You’re saving money, trying new things, living  that luxe life and feeling that rush of finally opening  products you held on to for months on end. You enjoy  the satisfaction of a clean and tidy pack that causes  you zero stress. If this is your bag, you are of the mind  that the best things in life really are free.

The “Not quite sure what a liquid is” 


To you, a liquid is everything one uses in a bathroom  and you can be found making several attempts to  squeeze in items that could easily be left in your  luggage. Deodorant, lip gloss or even a toothbrush.  Carrying this bag probably means that you are easily  confused or can’t be bothered reading the fine print.  Either that, or you are the type of person who finds  doing things exactly as asked to be a hassle. You’re  okay with things not being perfect – that’s just life.

The “Wait, it’s only one bag?” 


Perhaps you’re simply hoping once all the bins are  mixed together and careening their way through the  X‐Ray machine, no one will realise both bulging zip‐ locks belong to you. But if called out for your double  up, you play it coy, “Only one bag, you say?”. While  the most likely scenario finds you tossing half your  stash in the nearest trash bin, next time you’ll come  up with a new strategy, and you’ll be prepared.

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