Guide to Packing for a Trip

 
Packing list I use for my carry-on and purse

Packing list I use for my carry-on and purse

Some must have the things I put in my carry-on and purse when I go on a trip!

Some must have the things I put in my carry-on and purse when I go on a trip!

My pink Michael Kors bag I bring on the plane with me, or if driving put in the front seat with me.

My pink Michael Kors bag I bring on the plane with me, or if driving put in the front seat with me.

Can we just talk about how perfect that bird photobombed the picture! haha This picture I posted to give you another angle of the bag and how much it can hold. 

Can we just talk about how perfect that bird photobombed the picture! haha This picture I posted to give you another angle of the bag and how much it can hold. 

With Summer ending, I know people are wanting to get their last minute trips in until the Holidays arrive. Here is how I can help you with that!

After I have booked my flight, found a place for us to stay, and as we wait for our trip to begin, we do one of the most important pre-trip activities, packing!

In the photo you can see "PACKING LIST FOR TRIPS" this has been my go-to list for years now, to get the things I need. This list only includes items for carry-on bags and a "purse" . Of course some of the items are a bit luxurious and sometimes you won't need to bring them, but I feel they are important to still have on the list. This list is a mix of what I put in my carry-on and little pink bag I bring on trips.

1. Electronics: On the airplane or in the car whichever you are traveling, I do not recommend  magazines because I feel they take up a lot of space when you could download different apps onto your iPad or device that can fulfill the same desire a magazine would. Right before I leave for a trip, I make sure I have a book downloaded to my devices that I have been wanting to read. Next, I always bring a portable charger, you can find them on Amazon for pretty cheap and I will put an example on the bottom of the page. If you are anything like me, I feel my phone is always at 20 percent and always needs to be charged, so having that extra portable charger will help a lot when we are actually on the airplane. 

2. Personal Items: I don't know what it is about airplanes but I feel my hands and arms are always dry! Anyone else have this problem? Anyways, I will put the hand sanitizer I have on first, and then lotion. I do not wear contacts but I put that on the list just for the ones that are reading this list. The next item is Chapstick. It is the one of the most important things anytime I go to a new place, my lips get chapped and this item can be easily over looked. I always keep chapstick in my back pocket or front pocket of my bag. Make-up, everyone has their makeup routine and what they bring and mine on the list. On the airplane I will bring a hair tie just incase I forgot to pack one for the trip. Which has happened plenty of times.

3.Comfort Items: A travel pillow is not needed but sometimes you like to bring your own pillow to feel that you have a little bit of home with you. So when I travel in a car I bring my pillow, and usually a favorite blanket, other then that I don't have a fancy shmancy travel pillow that goes around your neck but some say it is worth it so I myself may invest in one. A refillable water bottle with filter! This one is important, because when you travel It seems that water is a billion dollars more then it would be if you bought it at home. This is a saver because I have one water bottle I can have all of the trip. Socks having comfy socks while traveling is the best! Don't know why, but it is, Trust me!

4.Back-up Items: Good to have back-up just incase something unplanned happens.

5.Food/Medicine: Gum so when the plane takes off and comes down to pop your ears. I want to add if you are traveling with babies you can give them a bottle when take off happens as well as when it comes down to help there ears not hurt. My husband Travis sometimes gets nauseous so to help him I save up sonic mints and give it to him on the plane. Don't ask me why sonic have the best mints but they do! And I always bring my own snacks just incase we get hungry. 

6. Other: The reason I put print out flight and hotel/Room information is just incase something goes wrong on our phones we can still have access to the information. I usually store this information on the bottom of my bag I bring on the plane. Notebook and pen to write little things down. 

My main bag: Sometimes I will put a hair dryer in here just incase the place I am going I know doesn't have one. I also pack all of my clothes I am wearing on this trip as well. This will include extra things like hoodies, and gloves.

Another go to I pack are hand warmers!! I can't stress how important this is if you are going somewhere cold which I am. If you live in Arizona its a bonus because they will be on sale because it is still 100 degrees over here!

Now that I went over the list, a little something I want to go into detail about is how I pack everything. In my pink Michael Kors bag (Travis got for me last year on our anniversary) I pack my flight and room information at the bottom, then my camera and charger goes next. There is a little pocket where my Kindle fits which is amazing! I then put my little go-to makeup bag and wallet in there as well. In the front pocket I put my chapstick, pen and notebook, gum and mints hand lotion and hand sanitizer.  The last thing I put is my portable charger! Now I know it sounds absurd that I fit it all in there, but I do, and I make it work!

With my parents being divorced, since I was five years old, I use to pack every week to go to my dads house. I did this until I was 18. I feel because of that I can pack very well but sometimes I get lazy and forget things but that is okay I think it helps when I have a list that I can go to and double check to keep me in line. 

Hope this post helps for future trips! Thanks for reading!!

Drey Johnson

 

I got this bag last year so now it is on Sale! It is so easy to clean I just use a wipe! It carries so much for being a bit smaller! You can find it Here!

The shoes I wore around San Francisco I got at DSW, these are similar and in my opinion better and they are only 70 dollars which is a steal because the real Stuart Wietzman are about 700 dollars! But here is the link for over the knee boots! 

 

One of the portable chargers I use! You can find it here!