Packing for Travel 101 — Walking in the Light

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I'm on vacation y'all, and I thought it would be fun to have some of my favorite bloggers guest post for me about traveling while I'm away from the blog. First up, is Clara. Y'all Clara is such a delight to know. I love her bubbly personality, and the fact that we got married the same year, only two days apart. We even honeymooned in Jamaica at the same time. Who knew that we would meet some 11 months later!?


Hi there all, I'm Clara and you can find me blogging over at Walking in the Light.  When Joy asked me to guest post, I jumped all over it. Joy and I met through our blate back in February for Alabama bloggers. She is the cutest person and I just cant help but love her! 

Anyway, Joy and her hubby are heading out on vacation and I just got back from my one year anniversary trip to Maui. 

I am going to share with you today how to pack for an upcoming trip that is easy and helpful. 

I always over pack and get disorganized. I end up bringing more stuff than I need and feel silly lugging 30 extra pounds when I don't need it all.

I decided I would outline everything I need to do and share it with case you're like me and need all the help you can get. 

First, create a packing list
Instead of trying to figure out at one in the morning what you need to pack, create a list of items that needed on a trip. A packing list not only ensures that you won’t forget anything important, it also prevents you from over packing. And bonus! This will help cut down on making your suitcase weighting 50+ pounds and getting charged extra fees.

Check the weather
Some people don’t check what the weather is going to be like where they’re headed and therefore stuff their bag with items they never end up using. Before you pack, check the weather report for a semi-accurate prediction of what Mother Nature has in store for you on your trip. Forecasts these days go hour by hour, so you can see what you’ll need to be comfortable morning, noon, and night. is a great resource.

Packing clothes
Everyone wants to pack as lightly as possible (I know I do) but sometimes when I am  faced with my closet and that empty suitcase I stressed about what to bring. An easy way to pack is simply pack one pair of shorts or jeans for every 2-3 days of your trip, and a shirt and pair of underwear for every single morning.  Add one extra shirt, pair of underwear, and an outfit, in case something happens that will require it. When you’ve packed the basics, think about what additional items you might need. A formal outfit? A bathing suit? Also, don’t forget a pair of pajamas.

Finally, pack an empty garbage bag in your suitcase. That way you can keep your dirty clothes separate from your clean ones while on your trip.

Packing to Avoid Wrinkling
The bane of any traveler’s existence is the wrinkles and creases that end up in your clothes after you pull them out of your suitcase. Try these techniques to keep your clothes neat and crisp while they’re en route to your destination.

Alternate Folding
One way to avoid creases in clothing is by placing one garment between the folds of another garment. By placing another garment between the fold it prevents a crease from forming. I bring lots o f dresses on trips and don't take a hanging bag, so this is a good way to keep those ironed clothes looking perfect.

Add or take away from it depending on the type of trip you’re going on. For example, you ‘re going on a ski trip, remember to pack your ski gear or for us, were going to the beach, so bathing suits are a necessity!

The point of the list is to 
1) make sure you remember to bring stuff and 
2) make sure you don’t over pack. If it’s not on your list, don’t pack it.
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Dresses
  • Jeans/Khakis
  • Dress shoes (not every pair you own either)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Place the following items in your bathroom bag.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste/tooth powder
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Brush
  • Shampoo (or a shampoo bar if you want to avoid the hassle of airport security)
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine stuff (just in case)
  • Makeup (you don't need every lip gloss you own either)
Things you don’t think about, but that you need
  • Plane tickets
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Prescription medicine
  • MONEY (cash)

Thanks again to sweet Joy for letting me guest post. Come and say hello to me soon! I can't wait to chat!

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  1. I never though about the alternate folding. I had gotten very creative before with folding to prevent wrinkles, but none really worked!

  2. This is great! It never fails, I always forget to check the weather and pack incorrectly. After decades of this you would think I would have learned by now.....


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