We’ve also featured the results of an Online Packing Poll… what kind of packer are you?
What to Keep, What to Toss and How to Keep Sane
1. Create a Packing List and Use It
List everything you think you’ll need. Include even the most obvious items so nothing gets left behind in the final rush. Check off each item as you pack. Before you lock the front door, review the list one last time to be sure you didn’t miss anything.
2. Pay Attention To Your Luggage
Don’t assume when it comes to your luggage. If you are traveling by air, check with your carrier about the baggage charges, limitations and restrictions that might apply and pack accordingly.
3. Organization Helps
Put each family member’s clothing into an extra-large Ziploc plastic bag or clear garbage bag. This makes it easier to organize each person’s clothes before you put them into the suitcase and also simplifies unpacking and keeping organized at your destination.
4. Ship Ahead
If you are traveling with a baby or toddler there is specialized help. BTL has more than 1,500 items parents can have waiting at any travel destination worldwide. Also, while expensive, there are many companies that will ship your luggage or sports equipment to your destination. You can also ship things yourself.
5. Don’t Forget About the Carry-On
You need to make sure you have the necessities while en route. You must be prepared for unexpected delays and unanticipated problems with your children. What you need will depend upon the ages of your children, but food, clothing and amusements are always the top three concerns.
Online Packing Poll – Which One Are You?
47% say they are last-minute packers when packing for a family vacation
36% say there are packed in advance
17% say that they take their time when packing