Summertime is finally here! That means it’s time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But before you can enjoy your vacation, you have to get through the packing process.
If it’s a family vacation, trying to coordinate everyone’s luggage can be challenging, and it’s often hard to find things you need on the road once you get to your destination.
This can be daunting, especially if you’re not a seasoned traveler. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are some packing tips to help make your summer travel a breeze.
Some sources recommend divvying up everyone’s luggage into categories. Each person can have his or her category, and within those categories, there can be sub-categories. Then there can be a category for shared items. For example, your teen’s list might include toiletries, entertainment (such as an iPod), casual clothes, dress clothes, night clothes, and shoes.
Dad’s list might look a little different and include dress clothes, casual clothes, night clothes, maps and/or GPS, books, and toiletries. For combined items, choose one big duffle bag or suitcase where you can put your common things.
Lists For Frequent Travelers
If you often travel, having a stand-by list can make a big difference. Consider making a list of items you will always take with you, no matter the nature of the vacation.
Also, for frequent travelers, it helps to set specific travel items aside for travel only. Consider a toiletry case with travel-sized items that includes everything, so you can just grab that case and know you’re covered. The same would go for first aid and other medical supplies.
Roll, Don’t Fold
An interesting thing happens when you tightly roll clothes instead of folding them. If you smooth the garments while you roll them tightly, they are not nearly as prone to wrinkling. You can also fit a lot more clothing into your luggage this way.
It’s so easy to forget the little things. Here are some suggestions for little items that are easily overlooked but can make or break a vacation.
- Antibiotic ointment
- All prescription medications (also, make sure you have enough to carry you through your vacation and find out if/where you can refill at your destination)
- Insect repellent
- After-bite treatment (such as Cortisone ointment)
- Feminine products
What Is Available At Your Destination?
Before you start packing, consider what will be provided at your destination. There may be soap, toothpaste, and towels, for instance. There may also be shampoo and conditioner. It can save a lot of space if you don’t pack what you don’t need!
Follow these packing tips for summer travel to have a more enjoyable and stress-free trip.
Start by listing everything you need to bring, then group by category. Then, choose versatile clothing items that can be mix-and-matched to create several different outfits. Be sure to pack essential toiletries, medications, and any necessary electronics.
Pack heavier items first and use soft items to fill in gaps. Be sure to leave out anything you can live without and take advantage of hotel amenities.
Finally, remember to pack your sense of adventure!