The Dreaded Vacation Task… PACKING!
I love going on vacation, I really do. But I loathe one specific thing; packing. It’s just the worst. Here are a few packing problems and some solutions that I have learned in my travels.
The Over Packer: A weekend getaway, a week in the tropics, or an overnight stay. No matter what the length of the trip is, I always seem to over pack. I do not end up wearing half of what I had packed and then there is no room to take anything home with me.
Solution: When packing, think of items that you can mix and match and wear multiple times. This cuts down on the amount of clothes you may think you need to bring. Are you worried about getting your vacation outfits dirty and not being able to wear them twice? Find out from your travel agent if the resort you are staying at has a laundromat or laundry service. I have found most laundromats at resorts are located near a pool or lounge. If you are planning on going for a swim or having a drink, why not throw in a load of clothes.
Climate Control: Not sure what the weather will be like on your vacation? Do you feel the need to pack everything under the sun?
Solution: Be sure to check the weather online before you travel to your destination. Ask your travel agent for any tips about packing for your Destination for that time period. Dressing in layers will help you be comfortable no matter what the weather during your vacation.
Snack Attack: Not sure what you are going to snack on at the airport or on your flight?
Solution: Instead of bringing big bags of snacks, try grabbing some little bags, and smaller fruits like tangerines or small apples. Remember no liquids can go through security.
No Room Left: Do you pack so much that you just have no room to take anything home with you?
Solution: If you just cannot cut down on the amount of luggage you are taking with you, then you have a few options to send home your gifts. You can buy an extra piece of luggage while you are away and take it home with you, but check with your airline to see how many bags you can check for free. Ask your resort about their package service, and inquire about sending your treasures home. They may get there a few days after you, but it will save you some money in the long run.
Here are just a few more tips I have learned along the way: If you are traveling with a significant other or close friend, split your luggage up between your two suitcases. I know this sounds silly, but if one suitcase is lost, at least you will both have half of your clothes with you. Be sure to pack an extra change of clothes in your carry on in case your luggage arrives late. Finally, instead of folding your clothes, roll them.
Now, all of that packing has me exhausted! If you have any questions please contact me at Tracy@travelwiththemagic.com What are you favorite packing tips?