Packing for family trips that last a little longer than several days means that you need to take some time to organize your packing for not only yourself, but for your children if they’re going with you. There are ways to minimize the amount of space that you take up with everyone’s clothes and necessities. The following are tips and tricks that you can use to make the process an easier one.
The first thing that you can do to minimize the amount of space that is used within your kid’s bags or your bags is pack outfits in gallon Ziploc bags. This will save the time when you are on the trip as well because your outfit will already have been planned. When you are done with the day and the outfits are no longer clean you can put them back in the bags and take them out to do the laundry when you get home.
At times in the Airport or on a luggage stand, things can get lost. Within every piece of luggage, you should have your own itinerary, which includes your home address, flight information and the address of your hotel. You should also include the travel dates that way the person who finds your bag can easily contact you.
You should make sure that you pack a permanent toiletry bag as well as have trial sizes of shampoo and body wash, or lotion and deodorant. Don’t forget to keep a hairbrush, toothbrush and mini first-aid kit separate from the stuff that you have in your home bathroom. Use a Ziploc bag for any cosmetic or medication and keep it fully stocked for your next trip. This will prevent you from forgetting anything the next time that you go on a trip.
Instead of folding the clothes in the suit cases you can roll them into a sort of tube shape and then stack them. The clothes will not wrinkle; they will fit much more neatly, and you can fit a lot more in the bag.
For most people, especially women, too many clothes are packed. Using smaller and lighter bags will force you to narrow down your selection of clothing and shoes.
You should always carry an extension cord with you because it can be extremely useful at times. If you have to plug in an excessive amount of electronics or simply need to elongate the cord, then consider having one with you more often than not.
Consider keeping a TSA luggage lock on your luggage which you are taking through security searches because if it isn’t TSA the lock can be cut off, and your items can be taken. Keeping a lock on your belongings will prevent any theft from taking place.
Always travel with sanitation wipes. Even if a hotel room has just been cleaned, it is still full of germs. The first thing that you should do when you get into the room is wipe off stuff that the house cleaners most likely did not reach or care to clean off which includes remotes, the phone, doorknobs, alarm clocks and the toilet handle. Always make sure to remove the bedspread as well!