You have probably given your summer travel plans some thought. Booked tickets or even mapped out a road trip, check out this post for more tips on road trips.
Staying organized during a trip is essential. The travel days don’t have to be slammed, crazy, intense, yelling at your travel companions, losing important documents or missing your flight. Granted, there are some things that are out of your control, but I can give you a few tips and tricks to simplify and organize your travel.
First, keep all information pertaining to the trip in one place. I like to keep everything in one place online or in an app. I don’t go anywhere without my phone and at the touch of a button I can pull up electronic boarding passes, hotel and rental car confirmations, restaurant reservations as well as directions and sometimes even the menu. My favorite app for this exact purpose is Tripit. Send it the confirmation emails and it will create an itinerary for your trip – seriously! Click here to find out more information.
If you do not like to keep things electronically consider a clear plastic folder that attaches closed. You want to make sure the documents inside are safe and secure. The clear plastic will help it stick out in your suitcase and withstand the trip without getting ripped and tattered.
Ok – so you have the details and information of the trip stored in one place. Now, let’s talk about the suitcase. Be versatile in your outfit choices. Bring a pair of shoes for multiple outfits, have a mostly neutral base of black and white t’s and jeans with a few accent pieces to change up the look day to day. If you are traveling for a week or less you should be in a carry-on. It saves you money from baggage fees and you don’t risk losing it.
Set your suitcase out one week before the trip and add items to it as you think of them. Otherwise, you will forget it.
A few packing tips:
Packing your suitcase is so much easier when you have just done laundry – give yourself enough time to fit this in.
Always roll items. They take up less space and keep them relatively wrinkle free
Keep all toiletry items in a plastic bag. Sounds obvious, but don’t get lazy and skip this step you will regret it.
Don’t pack something you haven’t ever worn before. Also, if you don’t enjoy wearing something at home you won’t enjoy wearing it on vacation either.
Stuff socks in your shoes. Save space and it will keep their shape
If you must check your bag never check: your toothbrush, deodorant, medications, your keys, your pajamas and an extra pair of underwear
Along the way, take 5 minutes everyday to journal about a special moment, a tour guide that made you laugh, a favorite meal. This will be a special piece to look back on. Write yourself an email everyday and keep it online in a folder to look back on from time to time. I promise this will be a better keepsake than the mess of maps, brochures and cocktail napkins you’ll stash in a bag when you get home.