Does packing for a trip stress you out?
I am not one of those people on Pinterest who can pack an entire week’s worth of items in a single carry-on bag, although I totally give them props! I will share with you how I make packing for a trip a little less stressful though. We travel pretty often so I have a bit of a routine that I follow to get ready for a trip.
- I try to start early and plan everything out. Feeling prepared helps manage my stress level prior to traveling.
- I plan out my outfits based on the number of days we will be gone and the activities we will be doing. I lay out my outfit, shoes, accessories, and anything else I might need for a certain outfit.
- I try to stay within a color scheme as much as I can. That way shoes, purses, and basic jewelry will go with everything. That way you aren’t trying to pack a pair of shoes for every outfit!
- I have a general packing list saved on my computer that I print ahead of time. I then add anything special for a particular trip, like Magic Bands and ears for Disney. As things are packed, I cross them off and I can make sure nothing is left at home. I also have a spot that I can add any items that need to be taken care of before leaving, for example placing our mail on hold if we will be gone for an extended period of time.
- I use packing cubes in multiple sizes to keep items organized in my suitcase so I can easily find what I need.
- If I have a lot of bulky clothing items, I will use space saving or vacuum bags for those items…they are AMAZING!
- I’m always cold so I throw in a lightweight sweater in my carry on (usually a large tote or backpack) for airports and planes.
- I tend to wear a pair of sneakers on travel days and they don’t have to take up space in my suitcase.
- Airports can charge steep prices for food and drinks. Obviously, you can’t take liquids through security, but you can prepare ahead of time with your own snacks. I always stash some in my carry on. Things like nuts, crackers, freeze-dried fruit, protein bars, etc. Great idea for road trips too!
- I try to pack travel-sized toiletries if possible. It saves a lot of space and makes packing easier. Ulta has a great selection of items (usually by the checkout), as well as Target. I’m able to leave most of these items packed and ready to easily grab to pack. I use the eBags Classic Large Pack-It-All Flat Toiletry Kit. It holds a ton of items, packs flat, and has a hook you can hang it with while traveling.
- I have a travel case that I pack all of my jewelry in with compartments. This keeps it all together and untangled. I also have another pouch that I use to hold other accessories, like headbands or clips.