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Packing Tips

- Cathleen

Before you can head out for your trip, you need to pack all of your stuff. For some people, like my sister, packing is the hardest or worst part about going on vacation. For experts like me, it can be simple and fun! I’ve created the ultimate packing list for anyone who needs help for their next get-a-way.

  1. Get organized: Always start by writing out a list, at the top write how many days and nights you will be away and possibly the location so you can judge the weather.
  2. Start with the clothes: I like to start bottom up, I pack the shoes I need with the appropriate number of socks then, any clothes that go under my main outfits. This includes underwear or tang-tops etc. Next, I lay out my outfits that I plan on wearing. This is where it gets tricky, you don’t want to over pack and have too many outfits, but you also don’t want to under pack and not have enough outfits.  I try to reuse as many items of clothes as I can. For example, I will pack one pair of jeans but will have 3 different shirts to go with them, this will save room if you are carrying a bag on a plane or checking it in. Layering is always a space saver too, one tang-top can match 3 or 4 different shirts to make completely different outfits. After I have all of my outfits planned, which usually takes me the most amount of time, I get pajamas and other items of clothes depending on the weather or location including bathing suits etc.
  3. Toiletries: The next thing to think about is getting all of your toiletries together, making a check list of items and checking them off will ensure you that you won’t show up to a hotel without your toothbrush or hairbrush. As you are making your check list just think of your daily routine at home and try to include all of the items you use. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, sponge, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hairspray, makeup. That is what my list usually contains. For the above and beyond girly girls you can even make a subsection on your packing list for makeup. For example, mascara, eyeliner, eye lash curler, eye shadow, etc. Just to be sure that you will look your absolute best for your trip. Another great tip for a space saver is put all of your toiletries in a mini bag inside of your suitcase, or use travel size bottles of shampoo and conditioner, especially if you are flying on a plane.
  4. Miscellaneous: This is the easiest part of packing. Under this category is where you have all of the random stuff that you will be using whether on your way to your destination or when you get there. This section will be different for everyone for you can include your Ipod, magazines, books, portable DVD player, phone charger, camera, camera charger or batteries for camera, laptop, etc. Here you can include all of your electronics and fun stuff like beach toys. Of course if you like to be extra organized you can make specific categories for electronics, or fun stuff.
  5. Food: This is another easy category and will differ if you are flying or driving. When driving to a location it is nice to have snacks for the long car rides, when flying on a plane you are unable to pack coolers etc.
  6. First Aid: Whenever a family is traveling is it always important to pack the basic first aid equipment. Whether you have a first aid kit or you throw in some bandaids, you never know when you are going to need them.

I hope this list will help you on your journey towards the perfectly packed suit case. With the right amount of outfits and socks and still having enough room to spare for souvenirs you can get on your trip.

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