Do you travel often, for work, for pleasure, or to go see family in another state? Then you know some of the hassles of packing to go on a trip, and to come home again!
Is your family going out of town for Spring Break this year? If so, you may appreciate some tips from author, speaker, and traveler Sandra Felton who shares some tips to make your travel less frustrating.
Make a master list of everything you need and photocopy it or save it on your computer so you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything important, plus you’ll save time writing out a list every time you go away. When planning your wardrobe, bring mix-and-match separates that can be dressed up or down with scarves and jewelry. This is especially important with the new per piece of luggage fees on the airlines now.
Choose natural fibers and synthetic blends that won’t need major ironing when you arrive. Pack heavy items like shoes and hair dryers on the bottom along the hinged side, so when you pick up your suitcase they won’t slide down and wrinkle the clothing. Wrap jewelry in socks or underwear and tuck into shoes.
Roll soft clothes like pajamas and lingerie and fill in the holes in the bottom of the suitcase. Lay out all your larger clothes with the least wrinkling items on the top of the pile. Fold with one large fold, and lay them on the base you’ve prepared in your suitcase. Tie them in place and fill any spaces with accessories or tissue paper to keep things from sliding and wrinkling.
While you’re gone, think twice about buying souvenirs. Choose small non-bulky items or useful souvenirs such as wipe-off placemats or dish towels. Buy postcards to remember your trip once back home (they’re usually better than any photos you can take plus cheaper and take less time in the long run than printing your own photos!) and/or send them to a friend with a cheery note. Even better than souvenirs, keep a journal of your trip. Record your memories, impressions, what you saw and what you did. It’s cheaper, smaller, and more personal than a “Great Smokey Mountains” backscratcher. Remember, anything you guy you’ll have to find room for in your suitcase...and at home!
Judy Warmington, Woman Time Management (owner) -- Busy wife, mother of three adult/married children, grandmother of 10 (5 boys and 5 girls!), former high school teacher (M.A. from W.M.U.), Speaker, Author, Radio Personality, and Trainer of Professional Organizers.