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Planning an Organized Vacation

Summer vacation season is upon us once again. We all look forward to the fun and relaxationtr00082_of vacations, but sometimes the planning, packing and prepping leave you more stressed out than if you had just stayed home.

No need to fear – In my 5-Part series on organized vacation planning, I'll help you plan an organized vacation, whether it's a quick weekend getaway or a month-long European vacation.

From helpful packing tips to keeping kids (and grown-ups) happy on a long journey, you'll learn how to leave home happy – not harried.

Here are the topics of my 5-part series:

Part 1 - PERFECT PLANNING (below)

Part 2 - PACK IT UP - how and how much

Part 3 - HOME SAFE HOME - Tips to keeping your home safe while you're away



Bon voyage!


Perfect vacations rarely happen without some thoughtful planning. While not always as exciting as a spur-of-the-moment getaway, a well-thought-out trip will be less likely to deliver stress and frustration. To start the vacation planning process, compile all your trip details in a 3-ring binder or a spiral notebook plus a 2-pocket folder. 
Knock Knock travel organizerThe Travel Organizer is a ready-made travel organizer that prompts you with forms and reminders and holding spots for all papers related to your trip.

Whether you're in the early planning stage or just days away from your trip, gather these items so they're at your fingertips when you need them.

- Your travel agent's phone number and email address

- Airline or train reservation information, plus phone numbers and website addresses (to check in online or verify on-time status

- Car rental agency phone numbers, coupons, and confirmation numbers

- Hotel brochures, phone and confirmation numbers

- Maps of the area you're traveling to, as well as maps and directions to help you get there

- Brochures of interesting places to visit on the way or upon arrival at your destination (museums, state parks, theme parks, historic sites, etc.

- Complete itinerary of your trip
Also, to keep your home tidy in the days or weeks leading up to the trip, dedicate one central location (such as a laundry basket tucked away in a closet or spare bedroom dresser) for take-along items.  As you encounter things that must be packed (such as travel books and beach towels), toss them in and forget about them until packing day.

Next up is Part 2 - PACK IT UP - How and how much

posted on: 7/9/2009 4:30:09 PM by Janet Nusbaum, The Organizing Genie
category: Homes

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Janet Nusbaum creates calm out of chaos, and loves bringing serenity and order to overwhelmed households, cluttered offices, frazzled parents, and transitioning seniors and families. Janet, President of Simplified Spaces & The Simplified Home, is an Organizing Consultant, Senior Move Manager, Author and Speaker.

She is the author of "Mom, Can I Help Around the House?" A Simple, Step-by-Step System for Teaching Your Children Life-Long Skills for Pitching-In & Picking-up".

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