(KUTV) July's edition of Get Organized with Fresh Living: Travel Packing Strategies.
Ruth Hadlock, Professional Organizer from Streamlined Space, shared some great tips.
My clients tell me they spend the day before their vacation running around in circles, frantically trying to pack for their trip! How can you make this process stress-free? Here are 4 suggestions.
- Create a packing list. This sounds so remedial, but do you do actually do it? It’s easy nowadays to keep a checklist in an app on your phone. It’s not that I’m trying to convince you to pack lighter; I'm simply encouraging people to pack the appropriate items for the trip you will be experiencing!
- Staging: As with so many organizing projects, you need a place to lay out all your clothes and items. Do this at least 48 hours in advance. I’ve found that my clients pack too little or too much or not the right items because they do it at the last minute without thinking clearly.
- Pack correctly. Pack shoes against the edges of the suitcase. Roll your clothes tightly, placing larger, bulkier items at the bottom and ending with smaller, lighter ones. Put your toiletry kit and accessories on top. This way, you won’t have to sit on your suitcase anymore to be able to zip it! If you have dress clothes you don’t want wrinkled, lay them at the bottom of the suitcase, with the ends hanging out over the suitcase edge. Then fill the space with your rolled items and carefully fold the dress clothes ends on top. You can even use dry-cleaning bags to decrease wrinkles. Because the bag is slippery, creases won’t set in as much.
- Get the right luggage and accessories. Here are some of my favorite items, in no particular order:
- Compression bag
- Bag bungee
- Toiletry kit
VIEWER HOMEWORK: On your next upcoming trip, commit to using a packing list and staging your items ahead of time. You can view my favorite items on the resource section of my website – streamlinedspace.com