Packing and planning for a trip can be very stressful and traveling abroad can be even more intimidating. More often than not people procrastinate until the day before to begin packing and end up forgetting things (guilty). People often spend more time researching things to do on their trips rather than spending some time on how to prepare for the actual travel portion of their trip.
As someone who travels a lot my husband and I have got packing pretty much down! Below are some tips to make your traveling more organized and easy.
Make a List
When I go somewhere I make a list of everything I need to bring and put two little square boxes next to each item. I check the first box once the item has been packed and once everything is checked off I put the list either in my suitcase or my purse to take with me. Then when we are heading home I pull the list out and make sure I pack everything that came and check it off in the other box. Something really simple but very effective.
Keep toiletries in your carry on at all times
Go to your local grocery store and buy the travel size version of everything you will use. My kit contains qtips, toothpaste, hairspray, dry shampoo, shampoo/conditioner, Advil, and a mirror. These items never leave my suitcase when I unpack so that way I never forget them. These are some of the most common items forgotten and even though they are cheap to replace it’s annoying to have to buy them on vacation – especially when out of the country. So pack them up and don’t let them leave! Plus they won’t get taken away from you during security checks.
Know your Airport
This is especially important if you have a connecting flight. Some airport are larger than others and if you have a really short layover and don’t know what gate your coming in on or where your next gate is you might not make it in time. Also some airports are busier than others so security can take a lot longer than you’re used too. It never hurts to have a little longer of a layover so that you can take a restroom break, grab some food, and get ready mentally ready for your next flight. Another good tip is to not use the first bathroom you see once you get off the plane. It is always the busiest no matter what country your in.
It took me a while to come up with my “go to” airport outfit. Leggings, a boyfriend tee, a light cardigan, and some boots are perfection for me. I still look good but am very cozy. The cardigan keeps me warm if needed but isn’t a hassle to carry around if I don’t need it. Going through security is a breeze because you don’t have to work about your shoes taking forever to take off or put on and you don’t have a million pockets to empty. I also bring a backpack that I can store my purse in! It counts towards your “personal item” and sometimes a purse just isn’t big enough. So bring a backpack that you can store stuff in and hide your purse in there too!
Bring Snacks and Fun
You would be surprised how many games you can actually play on an airplane and not annoy people around you. Most card games, catch phrase, I spy, and more. It is also a great time to catch up on reading, homework, or crochet! Snacks are also a huge plus because security won’t take them from you. Airports are sooo expensive and when your bored you eat so you might as well be prepared. And you never know if the in-flight meal is going to be good.
Unpack when you get Home
This is the most difficult part for me. The last thing I want to do when I get home from a long day of flying is unpack. I just want to cuddle up and sleep! But I know that if I don’t I probably never will get around to it until I absolutely have run out of clothes to wear. Unpacking usually takes about 5-10 minutes because you’re basically just throwing everything in the washing machine and then hiding your suitcase in your closet. You will feel better going to bed in a clean house I promise.
What do you take with you when you travel? What do you stress about the most?