How to Decide What to Pack for a Vacation
Don't know what to pack? Follow these steps to figure out what to bring.
The first thing you need to do is go to www.weather.com
and check the weather for your destination.
Visualize in your mind each day of your vacation. Pick an outfit for that day out of your closet and lay it on the bed or floor so you can see what you have. Repeat this for each day of your trip.
Make a packing list of every little thing you packed so that when you are leaving your vacation you can be sure you have everything. Nothing is worse than realizing you left your cell phone or inhaler at the hotel!
Always make sure to bring something for the unexpected; such as a sweatshirt, or heavy socks.
Pick a pair of shoes that will go with any outfit (Women, this goes for purses, makeup and other accessories as well). No more than two pairs of shoes is a good rule.
Women: when picking makeup, DO NOT bring more than you need and what will fit in your makeup bag. Bring a nice purse that goes with all your outfits. Try not to bring too many toiletries (remember most hotels have shampoo when you get there). Always bring a few "feminine items" just in case.
Pack the suitcase after you've laid everything out and decided in your mind how to pack it. Put the first days' outfit on top and the last days outfit on the bottom. Another option is to make one pile for pants and one for shirts (again put them in the order you will be wearing them with the 1st day's stuff on top).
Put toiletries in an outside pocket if you can. If not, make sure that it's in a waterproof bag that won't leak and get goop all over your clothes.
Remember to pack toilet paper or baby wipes if you will be camping outdoors. If you will be camping indoors somewhere like a cabin, you might want to bring extra toilet paper, just in case.
If you bring electronics, make sure that they are charged and BRING THE CHARGER. This is important for people with cell phones, iPods, DVD players, etc.
Remember to bring headphones. It sounds obvious, but there's nothing worse then a long plane/car/train ride and realizing you're unable to listen to music or watch movies.
One of the most stressful parts of packing when you are traveling overseas is thinking what will happen if you leave something at home. It will put your mind at ease if you focus on the few things you really need, most things are replaceable. If you can, try and find the locations of drug stores, pharmacies, and your country's embassy from your hotel in case of emergency. Carry this list with you, you'll be grateful you have it after you forgot to put on sunscreen and are in desperate need of Aloe Vera.
That's it! Go have fun!
Bring about 4 more pairs of underwear/socks than you need. You never know.
Always pack medicines in a carry on bag that will stay with you at all times... in case luggage gets lost you still have your meds.
If you are flying, DO NOT take prescription medications out of their labeled bottles. There is a chance that they will be confiscated by airport security. You don't want to be experiencing awful withdrawal symptoms for a week on your vacation.
Women: you can stick the pad or pantyliner on the underwear ahead of time if you like. This saves time when you are getting ready.
If you can, keep liquids away from the clothes.
Bring some stuff that will entertain you like an ipod, video games, etc. in case you get bored on a long trip.
Something like a Tide To Go stick is handy when traveling. Make SURE to follow the instructions.
Make sure that the suitcase isn't too heavy BEFORE you leave to prevent hassles at the airport.
Use travel sized shampoo bottles so you don't have to bring huge bottles
I like to carry my clean underwear in a Zip-Lock so that they don't pick up crumbs or dirt from the suitcase.
Bring a small trash bag for the dirty clothes.
Squeezing the bottle of liquid (e.g. shampoo) until most of the air is out prevents exploding bottles.
Always put bottles of liquids, gels, or creams in a plastic bag in case they leak.
Leave a little extra room in one of your bags or bring and extra empty bag because we all know we buy stuff when we are on vacation and you want to make sure you have room for it
Sewing kit (you never know).
Find out what the weather will be like so you can be prepared with extras like umbrellas or sunblock.
Bring the addresses of your loved ones, so you can send them some nice postcards.
Take advantage of this, and don't stress if something happens to your clothes or shoes!
Do not pack the bag so full that things can easily get caught in the zipper.
Don't forget deodorant.
Rolling shirts and pants increases wrinkles, so only do it if you don't care about wrinkles
Things You'll Need
book bag for children:
your credit card and your passport (VERY IMPORTANT)
copies with you AND at home of all important documents.