How to Pack for the Perfect Vacation

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

July becomes vacation spectacular for many people around the world, and you may be one of them. Over the years, I’ve simplified my packing method, and I’d like to share with you 10 easy ways to ensure your trip meets expectations with a plan for taking just what you need—and ensuring the perfect vacation.

Here are 10 easy ways to make packing for your trip headache free – so you’ll have more fun.

1. Store a trip-bag of toiletry items in small containers that are handy for you to grab at a moment’s notice. Ensure these are always full and ready to go. This is a huge help when you have a list of to-do items before leaving town.

2. Ensure your trip bag of toiletries contains a medicinal day-to-day container so you don’t miss a single dose. I encourage you to include three extra days of medicines, vitamins, and supplements in case if you have a delay in returning home. Or maybe you splurge an extra day or two.

3. Tuck important items into your carry-on in case luggage is lost—makeup, extra set of clothes, meds, etc.

4. Select outfits and accessories to mix and match with others. Basic black, white, and navy blue go with anything. Also consider clothes that are featured as travel-perfect.

5. Choose a pair of shoes that go with everything. I know we women love our shoes, but think about how much they weigh. Okay, what about just two pairs?

6. Pack each day’s outfit with accessories inside a 2.5-gallon plastic, Ziplock bag. Now (don’t laugh) sit on it to release all the air, then zip it up. See how easily it lays flat in your luggage? The good news is when you open the bag, most wrinkles are nonexistent. Everything is right there to ensure you look the best for the day.

7. Trip tip! Identify your luggage with something colorful. What’s yours needs to stay yours.

8. Organize your luggage before heading home. Sort your dirty clothes according to color. Remember those plastic bags that you used to pack for the trip? Fill them up with clothes that are washer ready. Yes, sit on these to seal them.

9. Simplify your packing by making sure you have only what you need.

10. Always save room for shopping excursions.

Are you ready to plan your next vacation? What packing tips can you share with others?