The vacation you have been dreaming of all year long is finally here! But before you head out on your summer adventure, you need to pack. The idea of packing can feel overwhelming and we often deal with that anxiety by over-packing. The only way to really reduce the stress and anxiety of packing for a trip is to get organized. Consider these tips for a stress-free packing experience so you can relax on your vacation.
- Create a packing list
- Lay out your outfits
- Pack flexible clothes
- Use the rolling method
Create a packing list.
Every successful organizing project begins with a list. My advice is to break down your list into categories. For example: clothing, shoes, accessories, toiletries, medicine, tech, and etc. Prepare your list in advance…at least a week before your trip to allow enough time to shop if needed.
Lay out your outfits.
This is a great exercise to do before packing for your trip. Write down the days you will be on vacation and break up the day into events. For example: beach day, brunch at hotel, sightseeing, dinner at a restaurant. Then figure out how many items of clothing you’ll need to create outfits for each specific event or activity. Lay out each outfit on your bed with the shoes and accessories you will need.
Pack flexible clothes.
Start with the basics and then mix and match colorful tops and accessories. For example: khaki and black bottoms will go with most everything. Another tip is to choose clothing that can easily transition from day to night. You can dress up outfits with shoes, jewelry, and scarves. If you need to pack a jacket, choose one that will go with everything.
Use the rolling method.
I have used the rolling method for years now and it really does make a difference. It will maximize your space and your clothing will have less wrinkles.
Other Tips: Prepare Your Home
Before leaving on a vacation make sure your home is also “ready” for your vacation.
Start with putting your mail/newspaper delivery on hold. You can do this through the USPS website. Alert your neighbors that you will be out of town and ask them to keep on eye out for packages. Also, set timers on your indoor and outdoor lights.
Make sure someone is checking on your home while you are away. Packages may arrive and just sit on the front porch which signals to others that no one is home. And make sure someone knows how to reach you in case of an emergency.
Create a first aid kit with only the basics and a travel-sized sewing kit. You will be glad you have them when you need them. And finally, relax and enjoy your vacation. Unless you are going out into the wilderness, if you forgot something you will most likely be able to replace it.