How To Get Organized For Travel
Travel can be one of the most exhilarating experiences in life, but preparing for a trip and living out of a suitcase can leave you feeling a little disoriented! Be sure to think out your packing beforehand, and always anticipate needs and situations that may arise while you’re on the road. Organized travelers always have more fun, because they know they have all the bases covered. If you take the time to prepare now, you’ll enjoy yourself more when your journey is underway!
Check travel regulations before you pack: Since new air travel regulations are always popping up, it’s a good idea to do a little pre-packing research if you’ll be going by plane. By investing a few minutes into finding out what you can and can’t take with you, you’ll save yourself the hassle of having to abandon any of your belongings at the airport’s security checkpoint.
Make a photocopy of your passport and other important documents: Keeping a copy of the front page of your passport, personal identification, and credit card information is important should any of the originals be lost, stolen or destroyed! A copy leaves you with makeshift identification, and can help expedite the process of replacing your travel documents. Always be sure to keep the copies separated from the originals, so that you don’t lose both in one shot! It is good practice to have copies in your suitcase and your carry-on. The originals should stay with you.
Protect travel documents and small valuables: If you’re going to be roughing it on your trip (especially around water), consider keeping travel documents, currency and other small valuables safe in impact-resistant, watertight, buoyant containers… they’ll help to keep your effects safe, dry and in one piece!
Pack clothes that are easy to wash: If you’re not sure about what kind of laundry facilities will be available at your destination, it’s probably not the best idea to leave home with a bunch of “Dry Clean Only” items! Instead, opt for clothes that will stand up to washing, whether in machines or by hand in the bathroom sink.
Roll your clothes: Nothing saves room in your suitcase like neatly rolling clothes instead of folding them… you won’t believe how much you’ll be able to fit into one bag! Rolling also has the added advantages of being easier than folding, and rolled clothing isn’t as likely to get wrinkled and full of creases (so there’s less ironing to do when you unpack).