Packing 101

The Art of packing is something I believe to be learned through experience and over time.  I travel A LOT so I feel like my husband and I have packing down to a science. When I look at our friends while on a group vacation and how much stuff they have or even worse,  how all  their belongings are thrown into their bag, I just want to reach out to help them! There really is a more efficient and easier way to pack a bag/suitcase and get the most out of your luggage. Hopefully these tips below will help you to become a better packer.

  • Check weather before you go – How will you know what to pack if you’re not sure about the weather at your destination? Even if you are going to a warm location always pack some nice lounge pants and matching top or sweater, or a hoodie or jacket just in case. I have taken trips where I thought the weather would be in the 90’s and it was in the 60s and windy and I was glad I had that extra jacket or pants set.
  • Plan out your outfits – If you’re taking a five day trip make sure you have five outfits you can wear on each day of your trip. And bring two extra outfits just in case. I sometimes pack something I don’t feel like wearing but always have as a backup because you never know how you will feel on your vacation or if you will need that extra outfit.
  • Put your shoes in plastic bag or shower cap – To protect your clothes you should pack your shoes in a shoe garment bag, plastic bag or shower cap.
  • Pack layers – Layers are always great for making a statement but if you’re not sure what the weather will be like despite checking the forecast you can always put on more or take some off!
  • Put large items on the bottom – Heavy items should always go on the bottom of your suitcase. It will be easier to find them and helps balance the suitcase so it doesn’t tip over.
  • Roll your clothes – My dad taught me this little trick because it was something he learned while in the army. If you roll your clothes then there is less chance you will have to iron them because of creasing! It also saves space in your luggage!
  • Formal items on top – Always place your formal items on top so they can be removed quickly for ironing or hanging.
  • Pack fragile items in center – Any items that might be deemed fragile or breakable you should pack in the center of your suitcase as they will be guarded by their surroundings.
  • Meds – You never know how you will feel or react to something while on vacay so always bring some basic Tylenol and allergy meds just in case.  Better to have it and not need than need it and not have it.
  • Leave the bling at home – When traveling you should leave your pricey jewelry at home and even consider just wearing your wedding band. The last thing you want to do is lose something precious and valuable on vacation. On the same note take some costume jewelry you can mix up with your outfits if you need to jazz up an outfit.
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