The following post, Top 10 Packing Tips from an Experienced Journey Lover, was published on the website Sixty and Me a few weeks ago. The topic is near-and-dear to my heart as I was preparing for a Bali to Sydney cruise and wanted to research and remember what works and what doesn’t! I’m honored to serve as a Guest Writer for their site and will be submitting additional articles over the next several months. It’s a great site with lots of current articles with all kinds of interesting information. Be sure to take a look!
Top 10 Packing Tips:
Are you planning a trip in the near future? Or the spring or summer? Having made a few mistakes throughout my travels, I’m sharing my best advice and tips to help make the dreaded packing adventure easier!
When packing for a trip that’s a week or longer, you really must plan ahead. It’s important to have a plan that covers you for most contingencies. If you’re like me, you like your own special hair and skincare products, have important medications you must include and don’t want to spend time at your destination shopping for incidentals. The tips listed here are my tried, true and tested strategies.
The following are the top 10 packing tips I use for a trip:
Select outfits for days and nights equal to the length of your trip. Then remove a third of that! Sounds crazy, but if you are like me, you’ve packed WAY too much clothing on past trips. You could also pack a few extra basics, like solid-color tees, for back up.
Roll your outfits together. This works amazingly well. No more wondering why you brought that top or those shorts with nothing to wear with them! Rolling also keeps everything organized allowing all your pieces to fit into your suitcase neatly.
Use packing cubes. These handy cubes allow you to group related things together. Underwear? ✔ Bathing suits and beach covers? ✔ Shorts and top? ✔ You can literally put the cubes right into the drawer of the hotel or cruise ship and don’t have to unpack.
Include a foldable tote or backpack. If you run out of room on your return home or purchase some great new fashion items (and who doesn’t, right?), you can use this as a carry-on on the plane home.
Bring ziplock bags. These are great for so many things. Pack your spill-able or wet items like your wet toothbrush or swimsuit. Or even that little extra snack you brought back to your room from the restaurant while traveling. These are so handy!
Pack a small carry-on with small amounts of your toiletries, pajamas, and a change of clothes. Include any medications. This will absolutely save you if your luggage gets misplaced!
Place your cords, adapters and other e-materials into one bag. I use a small packing cube. This saves you from searching all over for that one particular cord or adapter. I pack this in my carry-so I have everything I need and can charge while delayed at an airport. (That never happens, right?)
Bring a pair of flip-flops. These take up hardly any room in your suitcase and can be worn as slippers, by the pool or even for a quick trip to the market or ship store.
Scan and email copies of your important documents and send them to your phone. Also, include a copy of your passport inside each suitcase. This is a big help should your luggage get lost or misplaced.
Take or wear a large scarf. You can wear this as a shawl on the plane (those planes can get cold!), or in the overly air-conditioned airport. Until it’s needed, you can style it around your neck to add some style to your basic travel outfit.
I wrote about some of these tips in this post on my blog for women over 50: AquamarinaStyle. Stop by and tell me what you are wondering about and for additional tips on what to include in your carry-on bag and handbag!
Thanks for stopping by today! The topic for my next post will be scenes from Bali and the clothing I wore from Ethyl Clothing. Stay tuned!