5 Tips on Staying Organized for Vacation!
Whether your vacation takes you one hour from home or one long flight to another country, it can be tough to keep it all together while traveling. Here are my best tips for staying sane and making the most out of your relaxing time away from home! Hint: Less is More!
Pack your luggage smartly and lightly
I know how hard it can be hard to pack light. My husband used to joke that everytime we went somewhere I would open my suitcase and look at my clothes and say “Wow, I packed like an idiot.” I would bring a bunch of clothes I thought I should pack, instead of the clothes that I would actually like to wear. I’d end up barely wearing half of what I brought and not being happy wearing what was left. So pack smartly by ensuring you are bringing items that are comfortable, familiar, and that you can’t wait to wear.
And of course, the less you bring, the less you have to keep track. Make sure to check the weather before you go so you don’t over-do it for example on bulky sweaters and pants if you don’t have to. When it comes to accessories, only pack ONE of each type of accessory - you may have a super cute collection but I guarantee one scarf will get you through your vaca!
Manage your dirty clothes as you go
Each day the pile of dirty clothes will be growing and growing. Bunched up clothes take up more space than nicely folded clothes. I like to actually fold my dirty laundry, inside out, and place it in a separate bag, could just be a plastic shopping bag or something simple. This way my luggage won't be impossible to pack at the end of the trip, and my suitcase can stay mostly organized all vacation. It also makes it a breeze when you get home and are ready to do your trip laundry - just pull out that bag, shake out the dirty clothes, and your done. No sorting and sniffing to see what was clean or not.
Keep your travel itinerary handy
If you can do the paperless thing - set your trip up ahead of time in Google Trips. Google Trips can store your daily itineraries, everything from flights, to sight seeing, to hotel reservations and more. Once you build your itinerary ahead of time you can download it to your phone so you can access it without the internet. This is especially helpful for travel abroad or in rural areas where service may not be available! We used google trips on our Honeymoon in Norway and it was so helpful.
If you aren’t paperless yet (sometimes I just like a printed reservation, too) designate a cute folder to keep your papers in, and *secure them in your folder with a binder clip*. This is essential to prevent paper fly-aways at the breezy and open-air hotel lobby I’m envisioning you at! This is also a good place to keep receipts or other records of your trip as you go. Always make sure to keep your travel itinerary on your persons - don’t put your folder into your checked luggage, you never know where your bags could end up.
Empty your purse before you leave, and each day
What a perfect excuse to clear out your purse! And I don’t just mean clear out those old receipts and gum wrappers - I mean CLEAR. IT. OUT. This goes for your wallet, too. You likely will not need your Costco Membership Card, Sephora Gift Card, Library card or YMCA membership. Leave these items behind. Only bring the few essentials - debit or credit card, license, insurance card, and AAA card. If you have a smaller travel wallet to put these, in all the better. By clearing out your purse and your wallet entirely you can leave behind everything that you won’t need. AT the end of each day, do a quick 5 minute purge of your purse from the day. This will prevent you from getting to the end of your vacation with a bag full of things you simply don’t need.
Pack light reading material
Do you have a kindle? Awesome! You can bring as many books as you can dream of! Kindle’s are perfect for traveling and reading. Ipads are good for this to, and if you can stand it, you could even just use your cell phone to download books. I like to utilize my library’s free e-book rentals to stock up on vacation material. The Sheboygan library uses the OverDrive app for downloading ebooks and they have a great selection. If e-readers aren’t for you, and you prefer a real book in your hand, choose just one to focus on. This keeps your bag light and your mind focused. If your a quick reader maybe consider something longer so you don’t run out. But even if you finish, I find sometimes re-reading it can be just as entertaining. Look for different clues or messages the second time through.
Bonus tip - PREPARE.
The best way to stay organized is to prepare. Don't put your packing off until the last minute. Make sure you’ve thought of as much as you can before you go, while leaving as much behind as you can.
What are your favorite organizing tips for traveling?! Share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I love to hear from you and hear about your ideas and what works for you!