Trend: Packing up and setting off to enjoy the final days of summer!
As much as it hurts to say it, summer days are numbered. With summer winding down, many folks are doing what they can to make the most of those final sun filled days. Whether heading up north to a friend’s cabin, packing up the family to head to the beach or jet setting across the country to explore an unfamiliar city, packing for a trip can cause unnecessary pre-travel frustrations. What should I pack? What should I button up around the house before we leave? How do I make the most of the space in my carry-on bag? Here are my top ten tips for stress-free organized traveling.
- Make a list, check it twice. Create a master list of things to do around the house before heading out of town for a few days (turn down heat, water plants, set alarm, etc…) as well as a master list of frequently packed items. Give yourself empty blanks to fill in so the list can be tweaked based on your current trip and begin filling out your checklist a few days prior to traveling. Save the list digitally to prevent filling it out from scratch every time the travel bug hits.
- Use your calendar of travel events when planning what to pack. Keep a list of potential activities that will be taking place on your trip and use that as a guide when packing your clothing. Place clothing into piles based on day/event and select items that are easy to mix and match to give you more looks with less. Accessories go a long way in changing the look and feel of an outfit, but are much less bulky in a suitcase.
- Use packing cubes within your suitcase to divide out your contents by type and to prevent items from mixing. This will be handy as you begin to rummage through your suitcase more and more each day. Toss in a few empty pouches for a damp swimsuit or dirty laundry. Garment bags work well for this also.
- Roll clothing vs. folding. You will have less creases to iron and it takes up much less space.
- Select a cosmetic/toiletry bag that opens flat and contains a hook. Hooking the bag to the back of the door or a nearby towel bar will clear up limited hotel counter space. Only utilize the cosmetic bag for non-liquid toiletries; the liquid items should be transferred to travel size bottles and packed within a clear plastic bag and placed in an easy to access pouch of the suitcase. Also remember that hotels are always stocked with daily essentials which allows you to skip packing the soap and makes room for another pair of shoes (wink wink).
- Pack an ultra-lightweight, nylon tote which can fold up nice and small (and takes up minimal space in a suitcase), yet turns into a portable market tote or beach bag for any day trips you take while on vacation.
- Place all flight information, hotel / automobile reservations and other itineraries into a durable folio and tuck it inside of your carry-on tote. This will ensure your boarding pass is simple to locate at the airport and that you can quickly pull out an address for the taxi driver.
- Add a pocketed purse organizer to your handbag / tote to keep all of your carry-on essentials neat and tidy. The added pockets provide designated space within your bag for pens, tech gear, cords, currency, ear-buds, cosmetics, etc…
- Place shoes inside of shoe sacks to prevent suitcase contents from becoming soiled during travels. Reusable grocery bags and even plastic shower caps work great for this purpose.
- Be sure to add a luggage tag to your suitcase containing your important personal information in the event your luggage becomes lost, but don’t share too much. Create a specific email address just for your luggage identification and also include a cell phone number and the phone number of the hotel you will be staying at. Adding a home phone number or home address may ultimately put your personal information into the wrong hands. Select a tag that is unique and easy to spot on a baggage carousel or even add decorative washi-tape around the handle to make your suitcase stand out from the rest.
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