Do you dread packing for a trip? If you said, “YES”, then keep reading this post for some of my great packing tips.
You can start packing as early as you want for a trip but I recommend you start gathering items together at least 10 days prior. This way you are not packing under stress. It always helps to have a plan so you are prepared and nothing has been overlooked.
Step 1: To help you stay organized so you have everything you need without overpacking, start by downloading my helpful packing and “TO DO” list guides. You can print these in advance and mark off items as you go.
Step 2: Before you start packing, I recommend you consult an on-line weather guide for a 10-day forecast for your destination (and check it again, 3-5 days prior, in case weather changes). Even though you may have booked a tropical destination, weather changes and therefore this step is super important. Remember, cruises and destinations that are on the ocean tend to be cooler at night due to ocean breezes. A candlelit dinner on the beach sounds great when you book it but not so great if you get there and did not plan on cooler temps. So be sure to plan on packing layers and/or a lightweight jacket.
Step 3: Don’t overpack! Try to remember that you will be the one lugging around everything you pack so be mindful when you are packing. Also, lose the shoes! Shoes can be bulky and heavy. Simply pack a couple of pair. Maybe one pair of beach shoes, one pair of tennis shoes for the days you plan to be adventurous and one pair of dressy shoes for dinner. Lastly, leave the valuables at home so you don’t attract unwanted attention from thieves.
Step 4: Back-up your electronics! No one plans on getting their electronics stolen, but just in case, make sure you have backed them up before you leave home. This includes laptops, tablets, MP3 players, cell phones, etc.
Step 5: Make TWO copies of all your documents prior to leaving. This includes but is not limited to your passport, credit cards (front and back), ID, travel documents, etc. I recommend you take a set with you and leave a set behind with a friend or family member. This will be helpful if something becomes lost or stolen.
Step 6: Check with the hotel/cruise line to see what amenities come standard in your cabin/room. This can help you save room in your suitcase and avoid you from bringing duplicate items, i.e. hair dryer, shampoo, lotion, etc.
I hope this article helps you when it’s time to start packing. Don’t forget to print out my handy packing guides so you are prepared for your next adventure! Stay tuned for more travel tips, tricks and deals with Explore Travel Planners LLC.
Angie Conger Hinds
I have a true passion for travel and I want to share my travel knowledge with you. I hope this blog gives you inspiration to EXPLORE the world!
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