There is nothing more relaxing that a nice weekend getaway with your family, especially this time of year with the warm weather. Whether you are headed to the beach or the mountains packing should be simple and practical.
It is easy to claim that most travelers pack too much, but I am not so sure that is always the case. True, nobody wants to lug a giant suit case with them but you also do not want to get caught in an unfamiliar area without the essentials and have to spend valuable vacation time shopping for the basics that should have been included in the first place.
I have listed a few of my favorite tips that I hope you will find helpful.
If you have to pack your toilet items and cannot carry them with you, put them in separate zip lock bags. This way if they leak they won’t ruin your clothes.
Go through your daily routine of getting ready and either write the things down as you use them or pack them after you use them as to not forget anything. Be especially mindful of medications as these are more difficult to replace away from home. Packing a small bag of medicine for headaches, stomach aches, poison ivy, allergies, etc is always a good idea especially if you have children.
Pack clothes that are prone to wrinkles in plastic bags. Dry cleaner bags work especially well. Also, if you roll up sweaters instead of folding them, you’ll avoid the wrinkles that way too.
Use the plastic bags that your newspaper comes in to put your shoes in. They are see through so you can find which pair of shoes you are looking for and it also protects your other items from getting dirty.
Pack one or two extra plastic garbage bags. They come in very handy to use as laundry bags or for wet bathing suits that were used at the last minute before leaving.
The list can go on and on but those are a few of my favorites. Pack your favorite items to wear that you always feel comfortable in and remember that shopping should be a part of every getaway trip. You never know what wonderful things you will find. Enjoy, relax and be happy.