Do not allow the stress of packing to put a damper on any trip. If you are invited on a last minute get away, do not hesitate before you say “Yes, I would love to accompany you on this trip”. I love to travel because it allows me to meet new people and see different things; therefore, packing is important to me. Being an obsessive list maker, before every trip I would make out a detailed list then I finally found the magic list that worked. What works for one person will not work for everyone because of job requirements or different recreational activities that everyone chooses to participate in while on vacation, but maybe this will give you a start to your perfect packing list. I have come a long way as my friends would agree. This amazing transformation occurred because of my recent trips this past year to Denver. With the price of a plane ticket, I did not want to pay an extra $50.00 for “more stuff” to travel with me. The amount of liquids that are allowed and the number of shoes I could bring with me was the hardest part for me to reconcile. This list worked for me after making a few hard decisions about products and what shoes to bring. This is a four day trip suggestive list
(Thursday to Sunday).
Choose a color palette. This will help you decide on shoes and jackets, cardigans, etc. For example, if black shoes can be worn with every outfit you are taking then you can choose one/two pair of black shoes and this eliminate excess baggage and makes choosing outfits so much easier.
Are you driving or flying to your destination? What is the weather forecast for your area of travel? Is this a beach trip, a trip to the mountains?
Thursday- travel/ dinner outfit
This works for me: Jeans- with spandex. This allows you to look good and not look wrinkled and sloppy when you arrive. Change shirts, add jewelry or scarf and you are ready for dinner. These jeans can also be worn again.
Underwear– Consider your color of clothing.
Bras- Consider your activities and what clothing you are choosing. Strapless dress- strapless bra if needed should be added. Do you plan to work out or are you participating in a 5K? Add sports bras to your list.
Socks – Do you need dress socks, no socks, or athletic socks?
Jewelry/ Scarves- Choose jewelry and scarves that will work with several outfits.
Pajamas – Is this a girl’s trip, business trip, fishing tournament or a romantic getaway?
Shoes – What shoes do you have that will work with all of your outfits? Do you need athletic shoes?
One quart bag – no more three ounces:
The hotel will supply lotion and shampoo and soap. I know this is a hard sacrifice, but it is a necessary sacrifice.
My list for the small quart bag:
Liquid make up
**Remember anything liquid in your purse/pockets must be also stuffed in the quart size bag.
I have found that using contact cases for liquids helps me to stay in the limit. These work for makeup, liquid meds, and face wash, etc.
Tech requirements for me:
Cell phone charger
If you are traveling with a group, coordinate your packing list. If they are bringing toothpaste then you do not need to bring toothpaste. You can share and save packing space.
Share your travel destinations with us. I am packing to visit my second home Destin, Florida, this weekend which will be a driving destination. I am excited about bringing my shampoo and hair spray – no quart bag limit! I hope the city is qready for the new chapter celebration!
I will add to my packing list:
Everyone is different and requires different things for a successful trip, but I hope this helps. What are your travel plans for the summer? Share your travel destinations with us and your packing tips.