5 Helpful Summer Vacation Packing Tips
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Summer vacation is quickly coming to an end. So many people I know are already counting down the days until the final school bell rings and kids can stop singing, “No more pencils; no more books; no more teacher’s dirty looks.”
And that means we’ll soon start seeing that commercial where the parents are buying school supplies as “The most wonderful time of the year” plays in the background.
Until that commercial though, there is a last minute summer vacation on your list. It takes a lot to plan a vacation. You have to find a destination, book the lodging, figure out how you are getting there and what to do when you arrive, plus what to eat — and how to pay for it all. And of course, there’s packing. You have to pack for yourself, your kids, your pet … maybe even your significant other. Don’t worry. We get it. I put together a list of 5 Helpful Summer Vacation Packing Tips to help make things a little easier for you this summer.
5 Helpful Summer Vacation Packing Tips
1. Make a list.
I am the princess of packing lists (my mom is the queen). Make a list of everything you might need for the trip, including electronics and their chargers, plus outfits by day. Since different trips require different items (hotel stays don’t need tents like camping trips do), label each list: Hotel Trip, Overnight at Grandma’s, Camping, Road Trip, whatever the case may be. Save them all as separate documents in Google Drive. When you need to pack, just print out the appropriate list and check items off as you go. If you realize you left something off the list, no worries. Just edit the doc and add it. Simple.
2. Tape down your liquids and put them in plastic bags.
When you fly, you can only bring 3oz. bottles of liquid. And those bottles need to be in a quart-sized plastic bag. But I think, regardless of where you’re going, the liquids in plastic bags method is a good way to go. I always say tape the tops down and then put them in bags. If for some reason these bottles open, the liquid will be contained in the plastic bag rather than getting all over your clothing. And when you finally get to your vacation spot. the last thing you want to do is open your suitcase and realize that your shampoo has covered everything. And now, instead of relaxing, you have to find the closest washing machine.
3. Roll your clothes.
There’s a good chance you’re not packing an iron in your suitcase. And I’m sure not everything you’re packing is wrinkle resistant. But rolling your clothes can help reduce wrinkles. Plus, your clothes will take up less room that way too. It’s a lot better of a way to pack than folding your clothes. Trust me on this.
4. Pack your shoes in bags.
Shoes get dirty. No matter how clean they are before you go on a trip, they’re not coming back that way. It might rain and you have to walk through mud. Your kids might just want to jump in puddles. Who knows. But I always pack my shoes in plastic bags because then I can take them home in said bags. And I never have to worry about any dirt or mud getting in my suitcase (and then forcing me to clean it when I get home). Putting out fires before they start. That’s my motto.
5. Use lingerie bags.
Pack your undergarments in a lingerie bag. Unpack them into a drawer wherever you’re staying, then put the items back in as you wear them. Then, just toss the bags in the washing machine when you get home from your trip. And, if you do have to do laundry on your trip, these are great to have. You don’t have to worry about losing socks in the hotel’s laundromat. The bags stay zipped in the wash and everything stays inside.
What are your summer vacation packing tips?
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