It is that time of year again. We are all about to head back into the busiest time of the year! So, we are making our final vacations and trips of the summer as we try and soak up every last minute of free time that we have. And with traveling comes packing. As much as we love vacations, we all know what it is like to pack for them. Perhaps “dreadful” is the word we are looking for here. From unsuccessfully trying to plan outfits, to overpacking, to fear of not packing enough, packing is never an easy feat. So we put if off until the last possible second and then we are left wanting to pull our hair out because, well…we should have started this chore days ago! So how can we defeat the packing anxiety once and for all? Here are a few suggestions we think might help.
- Really. Don’t wait until the last minute to get to packing. As much as we all like to think we are immune to rush and fueled by procrastination, it never works out in the end to wait until the end. You’ll end up awake at 3:00 in the morning, trying to go through all of your checklists, hoping your half-awake self didn’t miss anything (because no one wants to turn around half way to the airport because your passport is at home…oops). So it is always best to get a head start on the dreaded task. Shorter trips, 2-3 days, probably only need a day or two to get all ready to go. But if your leaving for more than a week, allow yourself a week to begin gathering all you’ll need. Get that laundry done. Buy those travel toiletries. Plan those outfits. And pack everything you know you won’t need in the mean time. ie. swimsuits, beach hats, etc. Trust us on this one. Procrastination may have been your middle name in college but try and leave it behind when you are packing for a trip. You will feel so much better knowing you are all prepared (and you’ll get a full 8 hours of sleep) before your day of travel.
- Make a list and check it twice. Or three times. But probably five. Even if you are not much of a “check it off the list” kind of person, there is something essential about list making when it comes to packing for a trip. Here’s how we like to break things down. Create one list for all you have to pack. So your camera, your shoes, your toiletries, etc. Then create a second list of all of things you might need to buy before you leave. So toiletries, travel size items, anything that you don’t already have on hand. We think making these lists about 1 week in advance helps you check things off as you can. That way, after work, you can swing by the store, grab a few things off of the list and go home to pack them. Lists may seem old school but they ensure that you have it all together. The day before you travel, you’ll know you are all good to go because the lists are complete! And if you are worried about forgetting the “grab day of stuff” ie. passport, ID, hair brush, etc., you can always make a list for your “Before I Leave” essentials. Set a reminder on your phone to check this list 1 hour before you go, and you are good to go!
- Take your vitamins! And pack them too! We have all been on a trip only to come back home feeling less than refreshed. Our immune systems have gone in the trash, we are tired, and we feel like we need a vacation from our vacation. So, how do we avoid that after vacation crash? For starters, always make sure you are practicing healthy habits everyday. Drink enough water, wear sunscreen, and take a daily multivitamin or antioxidant to keep your health in check. Some other things we like to do, just for good measure, are ensuring we have packed hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes (gotta wipe down those airplane seats, armrests, and trays), and have planned some nutrient rich snacks and meals to keep the body fueled properly. Now we can’t tell you this will ward off all of the germs but it is good practice, no matter how crazy you look wiping everything clean.
- Make sure you pack a little extra in your carry-on. What we mean is, luggage gets lost. It happens more than any airline would ever like to admit. So you have to make sure you are all prepared if something goes missing. Make sure you can get by for a couple of days if something happens to your luggage on your way to where you are headed. That means, an extra outfit or two, you essential toiletries, and anything really valuable to you. Most of the time, you can buy what you need if you don’t have it with you but this little tip will help you save some stress if and when your luggage doesn’t end up with you like it should have. And for short trips, we suggest not even checking a bag. It relieves so much worry when everything you packed is right there with you.
- When it comes to making travel easier, it is important to have the right luggage to travel with. From your personal item to your checked bags, make sure you invest in a product you know will be the perfect travel companion. There is nothing worse than luggage that falls short when you need it most. Our favorite luggage will always be a roller because, with its four wheels, it is so much easier to drag around. With so many options out there, you are bound to find something that fits your style and is most importantly, functional. Our favorite personal item, of course, is the perfect tote. We look for ones that are large enough for all of our essentials and keep our things neatly and securely in place. That is why we offer such a wide selection of totes and larger bags here at Ivy and Fig. We want you to have the perfect travel companion so you can worry less when you are on the go.
So as you head out for your last slices of summer vacation, we hope these tips will help keep you worry-free. You deserve a good time, time to refresh and relax. Make getting ready for your time away just as easy. What are you waiting for? Get packing and safe travels!