Practically Perfected Packing

Whether you’re going away for the long holiday weekend, April vacation, or planning an escape; there are a few things you should know before you go. Take advantage of these valuable tips to enjoy an organized and stress-free trip.

Plan Ahead

Before you start any journey, research the conditions and requirements for your trip. Do your research, make a checklist of the things you absolutely need and start packing. Allow yourself plenty of time so you don’t forget necessary items or hurriedly over pack with things you don’t need. If you travel frequently, you may consider creating a packing list on your computer. See my Check List below for help!

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Communicate

Remember to let friends, family and trusted neighbors know where you are going, how long you’ll be gone and how to reach you.  Contact your credit card company if you are traveling abroad — charges made in other countries can often raise flags about credit card theft and your card could be declined.

High Time for a Tune-Up

If you’re taking a road trip, be sure to give your car a thorough pre-vacation inspection. Check the tires and all fluid levels. Inspect windshield wipers, hoses and belts for wear. If you don’t have time to take your car to the shop before you go, try calling a Mobile Mechanic. They’ll come to your house and work on your car while you pack! Don’t forget an emergency kit that includes jumper cables, basic hand tools, flares, a first aid kit and a flashlight.

Mobile Mechanic

Keep it Simple

As you plan your outfits for the week, try to keep the bottom half of your wardrobe (pants, shorts, skirts) very basic. Take khaki and black bottoms along that can be mixed with different tops to create new outfits. Select shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits. See my checklist below to help with what to pack. You’ll need a suitcase for each person, containing at least two complete changes of clothing for each day. Put all suitcases in one room to keep track of what you’re packing.

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Rolling vs Folding


Once you’ve picked out what you’re going to wear, the real challenge begins: cramming it all into your luggage. There are two schools of thought when it comes to putting clothes into bags: folding and rolling. Folded clothes are less likely to wrinkle but take up more space. Conversely, rolled clothes will wrinkle if stored improperly but take up a fraction of the space as when folded. Of course, there’s nothing to say you can’t use both methods—which, actually, you should.

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Step in the Right Direction

If you’re flying to your destination, it’s usually a good idea to wear your bulkiest pair of shoes onto the airplane. To help save space in your bag, you can stuff socks and undergarments in the shoes you’re packing. Place them in shoe bags to protect the other items in your suitcase and pack them at the bottom of your bag to prevent damage to the other contents. If you are traveling with bulky sweaters, jackets or towels use a travel compression system to save space in your luggage.shoes

Lighten the Load

Make copies of information that is pertinent to your trip from travel magazines and guidebooks — there’s no need to bring the entire guide. Keep the papers together in a pouch so all the information is organized and accessible and fits flat inside your suitcase.  Calm self by remembering that all material things are transient and ultimately unimportant.

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TIP of the week

Three words: Mesh Garment Bags.  These things are amazing.  They come in a variety of sizes, and allow me to really maximize the space in my carry-on suitcase.

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 MY Checklist*

I have been accused by certain individuals (my family and friends) of being “too organized” while traveling, and having too many lists.  I think they just like to make fun of me. Rather than be anxious and rushed, I simply like to be prepared. You can avoid travel planning stress too, by following my travel planning checklist.

Travel checklist with maps, passport, money etc - David Malan/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images

1 Week Ahead

___Do the laundry
Spend a morning laundering anything you’ll need for the trip.

___Go shopping
The week ahead is the time to pick up any last minute odds and ends you might need (travel tooth brush, SPF) this way you don’t have to store this extra stuff for too long before a trip.

___Start packing
I like to lay my suitcase out and I will begin packing things I won’t need until the trip.

___Begin assembling your carry-on bags
I like to call this the Adult Diaper Bag.

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The Day Before

___Pack your bags
Pack everything except the outfit you plan to wear the day of travel and the toiletries you plan to use.

___Check in
If you’re flying and have the option to check in online, do so now. It’s a time-saver at the airport.

___Go over your itinerary
One last time, go over your itinerary and make sure you have all the documents you need in a secure but reachable spot in your carry on bags.

___Gas up the car
If you’re driving and the gas station is not on your travel route, make a special trip the day before to save time on the road.

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The Day Of

___Pack daily toiletries, medications, and makeup.
As you get dressed/ get ready in the bathroom, pack your toiletries and medication as you use them so you don’t forget anything. These may include your hairdryer, medication you take every day, mascara, etc.___Check your appliances.
Chances are you didn’t leave the stove on, but check it anyway. Ditto the curling iron. Turn the heat down if it’s Winter.

___Review your checklist one last time.

___Hit the road and TAKE ME WITH YOU!!bringme

 *borrowed pieces from About Home.

 

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