Having missed traveling over the past year? This year, I’ve gotten to hone my travel organizing skills again with a lot of travel for work and pleasure.
Some things get easier when you do them more often and a little rusty when you get out of your routine. I’ve noticed a lot of people who haven’t traveled as much since the pandemic are jumping back in with both feet!
I’ve been on the road a lot with things opening back up, visiting friends and family, and traveling regularly for business (at least 1 week a month), so I’m sharing a few of my favorite, tried, true, and new products, tips, and tools for day to day travels and longer trips.
- Luggage Select pieces appropriately sized to your travel time and needs and what type able to physically manage. If you don’t want to mess with checking luggage during air travel, make sure it will fit in the overhead bins (20″). If you check a (larger) bag, keep it underweight and ship stuff home (or be prepared to pay the hefty fees)! 4-way wheels make any luggage more manageable and some even come with portable batteries that can be used to recharge phones etc. Be sure your carry-on luggage is comfortable to lift and maneuver if you are traveling alone. Pack a spare shirt, undergarments, and essentials in my carry-on for any trip you check luggage! I evenly spent a night without my luggage because of a flight cancelation. Most of the time, you will not be able to get checked bags back if your flight is rerouted. A cross-body bag, like a messenger or long-handled purse, can leave your hands free and distribute weight more evenly while keeping important things more secure (there is some debate about this, use your personal discretion).
- Have a variety of bags and pouches in sizes for all sorts of things from accessories, cables, cords, my camera, toiletries, etc. Consider packing all clothes in a series of Eagle Creek expandable pouches sorted by type of clothing; undergarments, tops, bottoms, etc. I also like Ikea family bags. Hanging toiletry bag with clear pockets on the interior allow you to see things easily and preventyou having to unpack everythingonto bathroom counters. I also like to use a variety of smaller zip pouches, like this zippered mesh pouch one I take everywhere for anything I want to keep dry and undamaged, including papers, magazines, files, etc! What are your favorite small bags?
- To keep technology in order I use a combination of bags (above), cord wrap accessories, and a favorite, the Grid-It by Cocoon!
- Wardrobe Pack captsule style in a single color theme (think Black, white and purple or brown, orange and tan, etc). Keep it simple and add a few easy accents you can layer Build your travel wardrobe around a couple of comfortable and favorite pieces and you can’t go wrong.
- Layout your outfits and add accessories and undergarments before packing or hang on a hanging rack if available. Add mix and match separates if needed once your basic outfits have been planned. I usually try to bring no more than 3 shoes, 3-4 bottoms, and more tops depending on the amount of time I’ll be away and the climate I’m visiting. This combination gives me almost endless varieties of outfits without the bulk of separate pants and shoes for every outfit.
- At Home Be sure you have backup documents of all necessary and important paperwork (vaccination proof, itinerary, passport, ID, financial doc’s, etc) somewhere that someone you trust can access if you need them and bring along copies (bring a photo via your smartphone if you’re comfortable) of important numbers (accounts, phone #’s for financial institutions and emergency contacts, etc) for easy access.
Some people never have to check a bag…I’m not one of these people, are you? I envy them:) I bring too much stuff wherever I go, but it’s organized and I’m prepared!
For more ideas check out my Pinterest board Ideas for [Travel] and here are a couple of my new favorite travel pins…
I’m sure you have your own favorite travel tips and tools and hopefully, I’ve shared a few new things to consider for your next trip. What are your favorite Travel Tips and Tools?