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Tip One – Create a Trip File
As soon as a trip is booked, create a file with the name and dates of your upcoming travel. You can also do this electronically by creating a folder in your email inbox. Then you can access it from anywhere.
As you book flights, rental cars, and hotels, print the confirmations and drop them in the file. As time passes, continue to include list of restaurants, sites to see, maps, and interesting articles about your destination – anything of interest you come across.
The Barcelona Document Bag is perfect to keep all travel documents organized.
Tip 2 – Get Road Trip Ready
An organized car is a major sanity saver.
Keep snacks in a grab and go bin that everyone can access. Pack a water bottle for every family member.
Pack an on-the-go medicine cabinet that is always easy to access when you’re driving. Pack a small supply of bandages, pain reliever, stomach medicine, first aid ointment, sunscreen, hand sanitizer along with a stain removal pen and a small first aid and sewing kit.
For younger children, keep toys and coloring books under control with a back of the seat organizer for quick access. It has deep pockets to store iPads and other essentials.
For teens, the travel GRID-IT organizer keeps chargers, earphones, and personal items under control. Plus you can easily drop it inside a handbag, backpack, or tote.
A travel-sized trashcan is a must have for all the stuff that is accumulated along the way.
Tip 3 – Create a Travel Staging Area
Packing an entire family can be a complicated process. Stuff ends up all over the house and can take several days to complete. You want to make this process as efficient as possible.
Clear and designate an area in your home that can be used to prepare for trips and on return from trips. Use a collapsible bin to hold items as you begin the packing process. When not in use, the bin can be easily stored out of the way.
Keep any other items you commonly need for travel in this area – travel size toiletries, chargers, packing checklists, shoe bags, packing cubes, jewelry cases, laundry bags, toiletry bags, and travel adapters. When you’re ready to finally put all items in the suitcase, you’ll have things in one place.
Tip 4 – Contain Your Stuff
The other big secret to packing is containment. The big mistake is throwing everything into a suitcase and hoping you can find what you need. Like all organizing you want to group like with like.
Packing cubes keep like with like in your suitcase. If these aren’t in your budget, Ziploc bags or even shoe and purse bags work just a well.
For younger children consider packing and labeling outfits for each day of the trip. Ziploc bags work perfectly for this.