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Home Resource Center Travel Tips Packing Tips, Tricks, Tactics

Tips, Tricks, Tactics

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Packing Tips

       At one time or another we all have packed too many clothes for a vacation, perhaps never even changing from a favorite pair of jeans or sun dress.  The more we travel, hauling our belongings with us, the more we realize how little we really need.

    Ideas to help streamline vacation packing...

•  Consider the type of trip you have planned--city touring or wilderness camping, hot and hu-mid, or brisk and snowy?  What activities are planned--swimming, snow skiing, hiking, museum touring?   Will you be traveling out of the country?  How many days will you be gone?  How will you be traveling--by plane, car, boat or train?

•  Make a list of items (clothes, toiletries, medicines, toys) you might need!

•  Even if your trip is longer than one week, select enough clothes for just one week.  You can always do laundry along the way.

•  Pack only what you can carry, usually one carry-on-size bag per person.  Soft sided luggage is lighter and packs easier.

•  Include clothing that has multiple purposes--long underwear for pjs, socks for slippers.

•  Choose separates (shorts, pants, skirts, sweaters, shirts, blouses), with complimentary colors and patterns--to provide a variety of outfits.

•  Take clothes that can be layered with t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, jackets, and leggings.

•  Wash-and-wear is best, unless your hotel provides an iron or laundry service.

•  Select clothes and shoes that are comfortable and that will be worn.  If your child has fussed about wearing a particular outfit--leave it at home!

•  Plan an outfit for each day of the trip.

•  My favorite...  Lay out on the bed all the clothes you’re planning to take on the trip, then... pack half of them!

•  Pack a few articles of clothing for everyone in each suitcase, in case one bag is lost or stolen.

•  Double up on items--one bottle of shampoo for the whole family, one tube of toothpaste, one hair dryer.

•  Put toiletries in ziploc bags, and downsize toilet items to smaller containers.  Film containers can hold lotions, cream rinses.  Sample bottles can be cleaned and refilled.

•  Do not take along expensive jewelry or elaborate clothing.

•  A carry-on backpack or shoulder satchel used to hold tickets, snacks, and such during travel can double as a daypack holding maps, beach gear and the like.

•  The kids can pack a few toys, books, and games in their backpacks.  Remind them that they will be responsible for carrying the pack and to not make it too heavy.  Packing only half of the toys selected can work here, too.

•  Bring ziploc plastic bags to store wet/dirty clothes.

•  Make copies of your passports, tickets, travelers' checks, driver’s license, credit cards, travel insurance, health documents.  Place one set of copies at home where it’s easily accessible or with friends and take the other set with you--keep this set separate from the original documents.  

•  Include a first aid kit.

•  Electrical appliance adapters and converters may be needed if traveling to another country.  

 

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