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Breeders’ Cup Travel Tips: What to Pack!

Breeders’ Cup Travel Tips: What to Pack– With all the festivities to look forward to at the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, traveling to Lexington, Kentucky, is sure to be filled with excitement. Dampening that excitement are the many rules and regulations about baggage, so a lot of us are trying to save money by eliminating checked baggage. So, here are a few tips on how to pack efficiently and keep your luggage to a minimum!

Breeders' Cup Travel Tips

Before packing for Lexington and the Breeders’ Cup, be sure to look over the banned item list that includes Halloween masks and selfie sticks. Photo:

Tip number one is to roll up your clothes. Lay your clothes flat, and then fold them neatly by starting at the bottom end of the garment and rolling the item as tightly as possible. Not only will this help eliminate wrinkles but it will also save space. Place rolled up clothing items inside of shoes if available to make sure that you maximize your space.

If you are worried about keeping your clothes clean, put them inside a plastic bag with a dryer sheet, then place that bag inside your shoe. The dryer sheet trick is actually tip number two as this will keep your clothes smelling fresh and will eliminate any static.

Tip number three is to only pack items that can multi-task. For example, pack a simple white tee since this can be dressed up, made casual, and worn with many looks, or pack one cardigan that can be worn on the plane or be used as a cover-up for a fancy look.

Keep shoes simple and multitasking as well as these take up the most room. It’s recommended to pack one casual and comfortable pair of shoes, like ballet flats, one dressier pair of shoes if needed, sneakers if you plan to work out, and then some slim sandals or flip flops that barely take up any room but can give you something to wear around the hotel room or to the pool.

It also helps to keep colors neutral so that you can easily pair pieces and mix and match.

Another tip is to pack accessories as these don’t take up much room and can really help change up your look.

Finally, pack your items in levels. The bottom layer should contain the heaviest things, like shoes filled with clothes. The next layer should consist of sturdier clothing that wouldn’t fit inside of your shoes, like denim. The top layer should be made up of the lightest, most delicate fabrics.

Store toiletries in plastic bags in case they leak, and put all extras like undergarments in whatever nooks you can find and in the top layer zip pouches of your carry-on.

Also, be sure to put a garbage bag on the bottom of your suitcase before you place items in and on top of the top layer of your suitcase to keep your items covered and add an extra layer of protection from toiletries. The garbage bags can also store dirty apparel for the trip home.

Be sure to take a peek at the list of banned Breeders’ Cup items which include Halloween masks and selfie sticks.

With these packing tips, the packing stress of traveling to the 2015 Breeders’ Cup should be eliminated.

The Breeders’ Cup takes place at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky on Oct. 30-31, 2015. NBC will begin coverage on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm ET.