The following is a guest post about how to pack for an organized vacation from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.
My family travels pretty often. There are months where we travel more than others. I never thought I would be a person who said I traveled often, but that is where I am right now. When I say travel, I am referring to road trip traveling. I haven’t been on a plane in over eight years. When my husband and I moved four years ago, we moved away from our entire family. So, we travel back home to visit often. Also, my daughter does competitive cheer, so we are traveling from January to April. Sometimes, it is just a one day trip and others are longer.
Over the years, I have tweaked the way I travel and have attempted to get more organized every time. Today, I wanted to share some of the ways I pack for an less stressful organized vacation.
Start Packing Early
I always start packing early. It doesn’t matter if I am traveling an hour or eight hours. I always start packing early because I know I will forget something. If I gradually pack, I will usually remember all of those extra things that get missed often. Plus, it allows me time to get everything completely organized and not crammed into my suitcase.
Make a List
I can not emphasize the importance of this enough. I am a classic list maker and planner, so every task in my life gets a list. It doesn’t matter if I am going grocery shopping, trying to remember an errand I need to run, or packing for a trip. My brain likes to have everything written down.
When I write things down, I am able to go through each item several times and make sure I have them packed and ready to go. The list also helps with the stress that can be associated with packing.
Purchase the Packing Cubes
If someone asked me what the #1 packing item is for me, I would definitely say packing cubes. They revolutionized the way I pack. Several years ago, I kept seeing videos and blog posts about how amazing they were and I finally caved and purchased some. Now, I can’t go anywhere without them.
Originally, I thought they would add a lot of bulk to my luggage, but they don’t. They make everything fit nicely inside of my suitcase and everything is organized out perfectly. I place my pajamas in one, undergarments in one, tops in one, and bottoms in another. So, if I am looking for pajamas, I just have to take one packing cube out of my luggage. No more messy clothes inside of my suitcase.
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Pack a Laundry Bag
This is something I finally realized. Pack some sort of laundry bag when traveling, so you can separate the dirty clothes from the clean clothes. Let’s be honest. The little plastic hotel laundry bags they give you in your room won’t even hold one outfit. They are definitely not going to hold an entire family’s dirty clothes.
So, I have learned to take some sort of laundry bag. Until our last trip, it was a plastic 13 gallon garbage bag. Then, I decided to spend $2.50 for a collapsible tote from Wal-Mart that can compress down super small when not in use.
A laundry bag used to be the last thing on my list, but now it is the first.
Pack Reusable Totes
I can not tell you how many trips we take where we always need some sort of extra bag when coming home. And, we do not do a lot of shopping on trips. Most of our trips involve cheer competitions or visiting family. But, we seem to always need an extra bag when coming home for food, souvenirs, or goodies that my mom sends with us.
So, I now travel with at least one reusable bag. These bags can fold down to be super small, which means they take up no room in your luggage. But, they fold out to hold a nice amount of things.
I have been traveling with one for over a year now and it helps so much with organization.
How do you stay organized when traveling?
My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!