You arrived at your destination. Your first instinct is to toss the suitcase on the bed and start sightseeing — or take a nap after hours of traveling. But hold up. Before you get too far into the trip, take time to organize what you packed so you can easily find it throughout the vacation.
Before You Go
Your organization in the suitcase translates to how well you can organize the hotel room once you arrive. Pack each traveler’s clothing separately. That doesn’t mean each person needs a separate suitcase, but put all of each person’s clothes together within the bag.
Don’t forget to pack a laundry bag to hold your dirty clothes. This is an essential organizational tool for any trip that involves a hotel stay. If you’re traveling by car and have the space, bring a shower caddy or small plastic basket to hold all of the toiletries in the bathroom. This keeps the counter clutter-free.
Use What They Give You
Do you use the standard hotel room dresser as a table instead of a place to store your clothes? If you’re only in the hotel for one night, it might not be worth using, but if you’re staying multiple days, the dresser is a organizational lifesaver.
Give each person a drawer in the dresser. Sort out the clothes you brought along and place them in the corresponding drawers. Within the drawer, stack similar clothing items together, or sort the clothes out by outfit.
Most hotel rooms have a closet or at least a closet rod with some hangers. Use that area for nicer clothes that you don’t want wrinkled. Ask the front desk for extra hangers if you don’t have enough. You can also buy a cheap package of hangers at a nearby store if necessary.
Everything In Its Place
Now that the clothes are put away, designate a spot in the hotel room for other items. Tuck empty suitcases in the bottom of the closet or in an unused corner of the room. Put all of the shoes near the door or in the bottom of the closet. Place the laundry bag under the sink or in a corner of the bathroom. Let everyone know where it is so they put their dirty clothes in it right away.
Most families have several electronic gadgets with chargers. Create a charging station near an outlet you so you can keep all of the cords organized and easy to find.
Even with some organization, you may find things get tossed around the hotel room. Take a few minutes each evening after your done with the day’s activities to tidy up the space. The next day you can get out the door faster for all of your planned activities since everything will be neat and organized.