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     The Key To Organized Travel

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, frequent traveler or first timer, here are a few travel tips to EASE your travel worries.

Everyone needs a grab-n-go bag -- a bag that is always READY when you need it. Toiletries, cosmetics, first aid, personal items, medicines or journal are some of the necessaries. Purchase miniature items that can easily be stored in your grab-n-go bag. Items can be purchased from a local drug store such as:
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • dental floss
  • deodorant
  • cotton swabs
  • extra contacts or glasses
  • eye glass cleaner
  • contact cleaning solution
  • travel pillow
You get the idea right. Keep a CHECKLIST ready to ensure you have everything you need. Your checklist should be kept with your grab-n-go bag.

Once you have stocked your bag your biggest worry is what CLOTHES to pack -- based on the activities will you be engaging in. It is helpful to pack tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched. Remember to pack comfortable shoes, lightweight trousers that can be worn in any weather or season, iron-free blouses or shirts, blazer for business meetings or formal meals.

Your goal is to pack LIGHT and worry-free so you can enjoy your trip. So make a list of all the things you need. This will eliminate packing extra items. Also make an agenda of all the ACTIVITIES you plan to do. How long will you stay? Will you need formal or casual clothes? How many shoes do you need to pack? Will you do a lot of walking, standing or sitting? Is this a business trip? Vacation? Or combination of the two? Make a list for all family members who are traveling WITH you.

Do you have PETS? Who will care for them while you are away? How will you travel? Plane, car or train. Size matters if you are flying, make sure you double check with the airlines for luggage requirements. And pack all ESSENTIAL items in a carry on bag (passport, medicines, identification) as well as an extra set of clothes just in case your luggage is delayed, lost or stolen. Finally, sort and organize all items before you pack them away, double check and re-check your list to ensure you havenít forgotten anything or added any unnecessary items. Remember to enjoy your trip, be it business or pleasure.


Paris Love is a Professional Organizer and the author of Get Organized And Clutter Free in 30 Days, available directly at www.OnlineOrganizing.com.

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