Who here is a self professed horrible packer? Don’t be shy. I can fall into that category too. Especially when I am packing for vacation. I mean a real vacation, not a family visit. All of the questions begin to swirl through my mind. How many resort style outfits do I need? What will we be doing? What if it gets cool at night? Should I bring jewelry? Here is my little list of ways you can calm your nerves, pack well and enjoy your vacation.
- Make a list. Do you worry that you will forget something? (sunscreen, perhaps) Make a list, in advance, of all of the things you will be needing. Make sure you take into consideration special activities you may be doing or medications that you need to have with you. Don’t forget those things! You can use this list as a checklist to make sure you have everything you need. Consider it an insurance policy.
- Begin 3 days in advance (at least). I know that this sounds like a lot, but we, as mothers and wives, usually have to pack the whole family. Things get forgotten when we rush. If we start in advance, we can take inventory as we go, checking our list twice, to make sure everyone has everything they need for a good time!
- Learn how to fold your clothes. Sounds dumb, huh? I’m not kidding. Folding things properly can really help you save space in your suitcase. So here is my method. Fold as flat as you can. Roll t-shirts and shorts. Shoes on the bottom. Socks, underwear, bathing suits in a side pocket. Hanging items lay flat on the top.
- Check airline regulations. You don’t want to be that person in security that has half of their stuff confiscated and holds up the line. Make sure you check what you can bring (3 oz. liquids) and what you can’t (full water bottles) on a plane with you. I feel like the list changes regularly so do this each time you travel.
- Remember that you will be fine as long as you have the essentials. Going to the beach? All you need is a bathing suit, sunscreen and a good book. Going skiing? You need your ski pants, jacket and warm socks. Hiking? Insect repellent, hiking boots and shorts. See where I’m going here?
Don’t stress about packing for vacation. If you are methodical and organized about it from the beginning, you will be fine. Take it from a girl who forgot an ENTIRE suitcase when her kids were still in diapers. (True story.) I haven’t forgotten a thing since because I follow these rules.