Guide to Packing for a Trip
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!!
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!