Travel: We love it. We dread packing for it!
Some nuts and bolts of travel that I live by:
1. Research your destination and create a packing list. Then use it!
2. For easy organization, and to cut down on the time needed to find things, use different colored packing cubes! One for your shirts, one for your trousers etc.
3. Don’t want to bother with packing cubes? Take zip lock bags, or transparent plastic bags instead.
4. Roll your clothes in tissue to save space and to help tame the wrinkles.
5. Pack a few small plastic grocery bags. Not only is it a great way to recycle those bags, but they come in handy for holding dirty shoes, wet clothes and sometimes treasures kids find on the beach!
6. Save space: Don’t pack a hair dryer…most places worldwide have hairdryers in their hotel rooms.
7. Combine your outfits in order to pack lighter. The black t-shirt you wear by day can combine with a nice necklace and bracelet for dressing up your evening outfit.
8. Take scarves! They take up little space and they enable you to wear the same basic outfit; with a whole new look! They also come in handy doubling as a shawl when the nights get cool.
9. Don’t carry bulky books! If you have a nook or kindle e-reader take it instead. If you don’t have either of those, take your tablet – a must for my trip planning – download the kindle app and read your favorite books without all the weight!
10.After you finish packing, wait a while and give yourself 30 minuts or so to go through and make sure that there isnt something else that can be removed!
11. Remember they have stores at most destinations. : )
10 tricks that I have learned
1. Carry a good size back pack. I pack my purse, my laptop and a change of clothes, in case of baggage loss, and anything else that I may need. The newer bags have a place to fit almost everything and this makes it easy to take day trips away from your hotel. They also double nicely as luggage on a short or more rugged trip.
2. Plastic Bags: Take a kitchen size or larger garbage bag. Keep it on the outside of your backpack to quickly cover up your luggage or your backpack if it starts to rain.
3. Travel bags: If you have a small travel purse, such as a baggallini, with a long strap, carry it cross body and most airlines won’t add it as a personal item when you board.
4. Hair ties: To tame your runaway hair ties, use a carabiner. They are lightweight and very inexpensive! If you want to keep your favorite hair ties easily accesible, you can use a double gated carabiner/S-biner. This is a great trick to use at home as well…and the carabiners hang easily on bathroom hooks.
5. Scarves: To keep my scarves easily tamed and wrinkle free, I wrap them in tissue paper then pack. When I have the space, I take a few small shower curtain rings with me as well. When I arrive at my destination, I put the scarves on the rings and hang the rings on coat hangers.
6. Earrings or other small jewelry: These items like to run away too! I use small transparent pill organizers to hold them. They fit into my purse easily and take up minimal space.
7. Electronic cords for my phone charger, computer, or other devices: I wrap them in a circle formation and use a hair tie, or bread tie to contain them. Lacking any ties? Place them in small zip lock/plastic bags and then put them all neatly into an empty make up bag or toiletry bag. It makes them easy to find and also keeps them tamed and protected. This also puts to use all those spare makeup or toiletry bags we get as gifts!
8. Cotton: Pack cotton t-shirts, long or short sleeved, and tank tops. They wash and dry easily and can be used as layers in case it turns cool. It also saves on space by not having to carry bulky jackets.
9. Bulky Items: If I have to carry bulky items, I use space saver bags. Priceless on the space they save on ski trips!
10. Last but not least: I keep my to do list, my travel itinerary, my hotel and restaurant s information as well as any maps that I will need while on the road, or at the location, all on my #Samsung Galaxy note 5 or my Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet 10.1 as it goes with me everywhere. They can both double as a way for me to watch movies, read a kindle book, take pictures or videos, use as a hot spot – when connections are scarce – and enable me, using my Verizon service, to send all of these things to any of my other devices!
If you have any travel tips and images, please email me at Debra@momsofamerica.com as I welcome any contributions! Your name will be used unless you wish to remain anon.
As a member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I sometimes received new electronics to try and write about, with line of service from Verizon. All opinions are my own and no additional compensation was provided; nor did I promise positive feedback. . The device I used to take some of the images in this post was the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.