Traveling can be so much fun! The anticipation, the adventure, the packing….oh, wait. No, not the packing. That part stinks. Or, rather, it can….but, it doesn’t have to. Here is my guide for packing to lighten your load, lessen your stress, and expedite the fun!
Make a List
Every successful trip, in my experience, has started with a packing list. I need to have it on paper so there is no “Did I forget anything?” on my mind as I am driving/flying/riding away from home. Think about the number of days you will be gone, what types of activities you will be participating in while away, any occasions that might require special products (beach trip, night club, meeting the parents) or attire. List it out, and make your wardrobe decisions at home. There is no need to bring 3 different options for a night out. Make the call at home, maybe bring an extra top…but leave the extra extra stuff at home.
Use (reusable) Travel Sizes
I was always one to travel with my full size toiletries. Even on short trips, I couldn’t justify spending the money on travel size bottles. That is, until I realized that I would be able to use them over and over again just by refilling the bottles at home (I know. I was a little slow to figure that one out!) What’s even better? Finding a use for all those little samples of shampoo, lotions, etc. What a wonderful, compact little travel kit you can create! Just always really tighten those bottles & seal them up in a ziploc baggie inside your toiletry bag. There is no harm in being extra cautious when it comes to liquids. No one wants their perfectly organized suitcase covered in shampoo. Yuck.
Organize, Organize, Organize
As I mentioned before, make a list and leave the extra extras at home. That being said, bring an extra outfit or two in case of emergency unexpected fun. Bring extra sleepwear, too. Just in case. Sort your clothes by category before you pack: pants together, tops together. If you are traveling by plane & checking a bag, make sure that you have what you need in your carry-on in the event that your checked bag goes rogue. A change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries….those are the things you want to have in case the worst happens with your bag.
Check That List
Before you put anything into your bags, check it off the list first. There is a tremendous sense of relief when you can look at that list and know with confidence that those items that you need will be in your bag when you arrive at your destination. And honestly, I can’t be the only person who likes to check things off a to-do list. Right?
With these tips, your next travel experience can be a more enjoyable one. A little planning on the front end can lead to a lot less stress on the road. And when we travel, who has time to stress?