Packing Tips

| 7/24/2015 10:12:00 AM

Marilyn JonesOf everything involved with travel, packing can be one of the most stressful. I take two to three trips a month including weekend getaways, road trips and international journeys, so you’d think I’d have it down pat. Well, yes, I have learned a few tricks along the way. And no, I still tend to over pack.

Make a list

I have a master list on my computer that I tailor for each trip. I list everything from passport to camera bag; print it out, and, as things go in my suitcase or travel purse, I check them off.

Packing tools

Roll, don't fold your clothes. They'll take up less space and get less wrinkled.

And use packing cubes. I love packing cubes because they keep my suitcase organized especially if I am moving from hotel to hotel every night: one cube for jeans, one for tops, one for beach gear, and so forth. They come in different sizes and colors so you can remember which pouch has what in it. This way I am not digging through the suitcase looking for a pair of socks. I know right where to look. 

7/30/2015 6:26:03 AM

Hello NebraskaDave, I am sure your packing for disaster areas is a lot different than mine. I admire you for all you did for people in need during these emergency situations. I understand too what you mean by "gizmos." Now there's even more to remember!! I hope you have a wonderful day!! All the best, Marilyn

7/25/2015 8:02:23 AM

Marilyn, ha, over packing is one of my traits as well. I used to travel a lot into disaster areas to help clean up the tree debris and help with electrical wiring. Going into an area with no showers or make shift showers, no electrical power, and little time for hygiene makes for a whole different kind of packing. It's more like camping than traveling. That season of life is finished and now I stay close to home and don't really travel much any more. I used to be able to pack a bag and be ready to go in about 30 minutes. Now days electronic gizmos are more important than any thing else, so it seems. My trips were into areas where no mobile phones worked so I would be out of touch with the world for a week to 10 days. It drove my family crazy not knowing how I was until the silence was broken on the way home. It is interesting how we have become so dependent on technology that is very uncomfortable to have to live without it. ***** Have a great packing for travel day.

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