How To Pack For Vacation

by How To Mommy on 06.27.11

We recently booked our {end-of} summer trip to visit my husband’s family and friends on the West Coast.

Thinking of packing, flying, and staying somewhere other than our own beds for a week and a half has already got my head spinning.

I was so excited to come across a great article on how to “Lighten Your Load” in Weight Watchers Magazine {yes, it’s full of all kinds of information!} for traveling and wanted to share it with you.

How To Pack For Vacation

  • Make a packing plan – map out specific outfits you and your family will wear for each event. {Don’t forget accessories!}
  • Double some, delete others – Determine which outfits can pull double duty so you can leave others home {sleep in work-out clothes or a swimsuit cover up and leave the PJ’s home}.  Also, bring more tops than bottoms because you can easily wear the same pants for multiple occasions.
  • Consider your fabrics – Think about cotton or knit fabrics, as they tend to wrinkle less than silk and linen so you can grab them and walk out the door!
  • Build the puzzle – Roll your casual garments {t-shirts, jeans} and place them on the bottom, fold more formal items {blakers, skirts, slacks} and put them in the middle, and finally, put your arrival outfit on top.
  • Separate your layers – Place a dry-cleaning bag between your layers.  Its slippery surface prevents clothes from settling and wrinkles don’t set in.
  • Simplify – If possible, pack only one pair of athletic shoes, one pair of dressy shoes, and one destination specific pair of shoes {for instance, sandals if you’re going to the beach}.  To save space, wear your bulkiest pair while you travel.
  • Keep like things together – Place items of smiliar kinds together in Ziploc baggies {hair prodcuts in one, cosmetics in another, etc}.
  • Cover up – Cover the bristles of your brush with a sock to keep them fromm snagging on clothes.

Do you have any great tips for traveling?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natalie June 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I love this list! Its great! I am going to Paris at Christmas and I am not sure how much luggage I can bring. This definitely helps! 🙂 Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I am following you back !:)


2 How To Mommy June 28, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Glad it helps. Have a great time in Paris! How fun!


3 Sue June 29, 2011 at 2:59 AM

Hello…thanks for linking up in the Footloose and Fancy Free hop…I’ve come to return the follow. Have a great week!


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