The most dreadful part of vacationing is packing before you depart. Seriously, who enjoys packing for trips? I certainly don’t! When it comes to packing for a trip, it’s a true art form. I tend to over pack no matter where I am going. I always check the weather prior to packing just in case it gets crazy. Here in Florida it can be 85 degrees one day but down to 50 the next especially during the winter and spring.
Packing can be annoying. It’s something we all have to do prior to vacation. (Vacationing is the best part of any trip!) Here are a few tips to pack like a pro. Put on some fun music, grab your suitcase and get to packing!
- Lay out your outfits in advanced. I like to see what my options are prior to packing just in case I am not happy with them. I can change them out ahead of time and not worry about it on the trip.
- Roll up clothes to pack them into your suitcase. I learned this tip on a 2-week trip to Los Angeles when I was a teenager. I had to share a suitcase with my mom for 2 weeks so space was limited. I learned to roll then pack my clothes. You can always iron them once you need them.
- Pack 1-3 pairs of shoes that are versatile enough to wear with most outfits. I try to have a good pair of sandals and sneakers on every trip. It’s also nice to have a pair of dressy shoes in case you go out.
- Pick 1-2 bags to bring with you. Dependent upon the activities during your trip it’s nice to have a casual cross body bag and a clutch or dressier bag for dinners.
- Grab travel sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shaving cream. I picked up mini bottles of Pantene which were the perfect size to travel with. Just make sure your bottles meet TSA regulation if you are flying.
- Grab a small zip pouch for your accessories like necklaces, bracelets and rings. I never remove my wedding ring so I usually don’t need my box for it but remember to take yours if you take yours off at night.
- If you are only allowed 2 bags: place clothes in one and shoes/accessories/toiletries in the other.
- Bring a plastic shopping bag for dirty clothes for the trip back. I hate packing my dirty clothes with clan ones that I didn’t wear on the trip. It just means more clothes to wash when I get home.
- Place a luggage tag that is bright in color with your information on it. I also tie colored ribbon onto my suitcases when I travel so I know what to look for at baggage claim.
- Place your driver’s license with your passport if you are traveling overseas. I like to have them both together in case I need them.
- If you have plane tickets, make sure to keep them with your other traveling items like traveler’s checks, passport, etc.
Do you have any other packing tips you want to add? Share them with us!