As someone who travels quite a bit, I thought the below 6 Tips for Vacation Planning and Free Printable Packing Lists would be helpful for planning your next trip. Traveling is so much fun, but it can also be stressful. We just went to Puerto Rico, and as my nieces were going to be in Orlando the day before we left, we drove over and spent the day with them so they could have a cousin slumber party with my girls. They had a blast!
What this meant is that we would have our suitcases packed for Puerto Rico, but we would also need a day bag for Orlando. In case you aren’t familiar with the term, a day bag is just a smaller duffel or suitcase for a short term. On cruises, you should always have a day bag as you probably won’t get your luggage until sometime in the evening. You’ll want to have your bathing suit, a cover up, medications, toiletries, and anything else you would need before your luggage arrives.
It’s not a bad idea to make up a day bag to carry with you when you’re flying, too. I went to a conference in Arkansas last year, and as I was rerouted when there was an issue with the plane, my luggage didn’t get on the new plane with me. I had a cocktail reception that I had to attend in jeans. Though I probably wouldn’t have packed my cocktail dress in a backpack, at least I would have had my toiletries so I could freshen up. As it was, the car that picked me up had a can of air freshener under the front passenger seat, and when I put the seat back, it sprayed all over my legs, making me smell extra nice. Not.
So, here are my 6 Tips for Vacation Packing:
- Always try to pack anything you might need the first day in a bag you can take with you.
- Tightly roll your clothes and pack items closely together. This really does prevent wrinkling. I love these packing cubes I got a couple of months ago.
- Check the weather. I can’t tell you how many times we have been unprepared. It does get cold in Florida in the winter. Bermuda is just off the coast of North Carolina, so don’t think it’s warm all year. Check the weather!
- When packing for your return trip, pack your dirty clothes (in plastic hotel bags) all in one suitcase. This makes unpacking so easy.
- Pack an extra large tote bag. The kind that folds up in a pouch works great. You can use it as a beach bag and carry home extra purchases. On one occasion I had a suitcase that was over the free limit on Southwest. I took out one of the bags of dirty clothes, placed it in my tote bag, and my suitcase was then under the weight limit. I think it saved me $75. Sweet.
- Use a Packing List. You will be so glad you didn’t forget anything!
Of course, not all packing lists are the same. Depending on where you’re going, you may need a bathing suit and snorkel, or you might need gloves and a ski mask. Wherever your travels may take you, I hope there is a packing list here that helps! Kids bring a host of other necessities, so there’s a special list for them, as well as a list just for cruising. Just click on the list you need and print. Happy travels!
FREE Printable Packing Lists
Packing for Kids
If you are looking for ways to save on your vacation expenses, check out my 8 Steps to Almost Free Travel. What other ideas would help you with getting ready for your next trip? Let me know and I’ll try to address them. Thanks for visiting.