Planning a trip can be exciting but also require some work because you have to research lodging, transportation options, restaurant options and things to do. But it's also important to plan what you will pack and plan things that need to be done before you leave. Many people overlook this step and as a result forget to pack something they need for the trip or end up paying unnecessary baggage fees because they packed way too much. Here are three tips that will teach you how to properly prepare for a trip that will help you save money and be productive while even on vacation..
Create a Checklist:
it's helpful to create a list of things that need to be completed before you leave for your trip. If you run a small business or tend to receive a lot of emails then setup an away message so that people won't feel like you're ignoring them and that they will receive a response upon your return. If you have someone who will be handling tasks for you while you're way then create a list of specific but clear instructions that are easy for them to follow. When it comes to packing for a trip, take some time to think about what clothing items you will need so that you don't over-pack your suitcase. An over-packed suitcase can lead to unnecessary baggage fees if it's overweight.
Be sure to consider the weather - will it be cold, hot or raining? This determines the type of clothes you will need to pack. Write it all down and use your list as a guide when packing your suitcase. When you have placed an item in your suitcase or completed a task then cross if off of the list. This will indicate that the task has been completed. I personally feel that creating lists allows me to stay on track, allows me to pack what I need vs. what I want and most importantly reminds me to tackle certain tasks before having some fun!
The travel checklist allows you to:
- identify the items that need to be packed
- minimizes over-packing your suitcase
- prevents you from leaving items behind
- complete important tasks before your trip
"A travel checklist can prevent you from over-packing your suitcase which can incur fees for being overweight."
Storage for Travel items:
Use a basket, container or designate a space that specifically stores items related to travel. Why? Because you can quickly access any travel-related items when needed instead of searching all over the home which can be time consuming. You can also save money by having a specific storage place for your items which will allow you to take inventory of what you have and don't have. If you can see that you're running low on an item then that's clear indicator that you need to make a purchase.
Consider the following example.
Have you ever experienced waiting until the night before to pack? (Not a good idea by the way.) While packing, you realize you don’t have moisturizer for your trip and you consider buying it once you reach your destination but then you remember you prefer a particular brand. So, you rush to the store to purchase your favorite moisturizer and then head back home to pack! If there was a "travel space" already in place then making an impromptu run to the store would not have occurred. The time used to drive to the store to make a purchase could have been time used to pack.
Creating a space for your travel items, does the following:
1) eliminates searching for items when prepping for a trip = time-saver
2) helps you stay organized
3) saves money
I like to store the following travel items in my travel bin:
-Travel sized toiletries
-Travel laundry bag
-Umbra credit card holder
Creating a specific storage space for your travel items prevents you from searching all over for them when it's time to pack.
So, here’s a shameless plug, I personally enjoy flying with Southwest. They didn't pay me to say this but I've always enjoyed flying with them. Their flight attendants and pilots are friendly and the prices are affordable but what I really like is that the first two checked bags fly for free. Honestly, more airlines should follow suit and update their baggage fee policy because it's ridiculous to pay for luggage. Once airlines started doing this, many people including myself started traveling with one bag that can fit in the overhead bins to avoid baggage fees.
Here is what I suggest:
- Purchase travel-sized items and pack 2 bags (1 personal + 1 carry-on bag) which is allowed on the airline but always be sure to double-check before flying. Seriously, no one has time to pay for checked bags.
- If you don’t want to purchase travel-sized toiletries, then you can still use your own products but be sure to store them in clear, travel-sized bottles . Be sure to label the bottles so you can identify the contents.
- Purchase small labels or create a label by using masking or decorative tape
- Utilize clear pouches or travel pouches to store inside your carry-on bags
- Another alternative is to use a Ziplock bag(s) and label the items of each bag with a marker and tape. Done!
The whole purpose of traveling is to relax, have fun and explore!
Hopefully, these organizing tips will help alleviate the stress of packing and save you time and money.
“He who would travel happily must travel light.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery