5 Last-Minute Packing Tips
I am going to confess that I procrastinated pretty terribly when preparing for my last trip. Yes, even I, the Type A planner can go a little too much with the flow and wait until the last minute to gather my life! When I was walking around Target at 10:30 pm (sorry mom) before closing I thought to myself, “This is insane.” I will never do this again. I will honestly probably do it again, but you don’t have too! I made this quick set of tips to help you get your packing life in order. Here are 5 last-minute packing tips to get you started:
Refer to Your Trip Itinerary
If you’re lucky like me then you have friends who create itineraries for every trip! Even if you don’t have that Type A friend (thank God for you guys) then you can still write out the activities and tours you’ll be doing on vacation. This will help you plan your outfits accordingly and you are comfortable. For example, there’s nothing worse than leaving your favorite hat at home because you forgot about that jeep tour excursion (speaking from experience). If you want a little more structure when you’re packing, referring to your itinerary is the way to go. That way you won’t forget anything!
Form a Routine
I always pack the same way. Unpacking, on the other hand, takes approximately 3-5 business days, I haven’t quite gotten the hang of that yet! However, when I start packing, I always start with intimates and PJs first. I don’t know why, but I make sure I have enough to last 1 ½ times the length of my trip (anything can happen). After that, I start creating outfits according to the activities I am looking forward to doing the most. Form a packing routine that works for you! If you prefer to make sure you pack all your skincare products or shoes first, have at it. Having a routine takes the stress away from packing because you have a sense of what’s coming next!
Lay It All Out
My bed is the headquarters of any packing situation. After I’ve planned out my outfits and matched up all the right accessories, I lay it out on my bed to make sure I am not forgetting anything. Laying it out in front of me helps me see the “big picture.” If you’re going on a trip that requires a lot of hikes and outdoor equipment, you will want to make sure you have enough pieces for each activity. On the other hand, if you’ll be laying out at the beach for the majority of your vacation, you might want to pack more swimsuits. Laying it out before you throw it all in the suitcase helps you see what you might need to add or take away.
Utilize Packing Cubes
One of the best gifts my mom gave me for my 25th birthday was a cute carry-on and packing cubes from Amazon. Packing cubes are the perfect investment if you travel a lot. When I say investment I mean, buy some travel cubes they are inexpensive and will help you out a ton! Packing cubes help my clothes and shoes stay in order during my trip, not just until I get to my destination. It seems like once you pull an outfit out of your suitcase the whole thing is ruined. Packing cubes keep my suitcase organized and also protects my clothes from any random debris.
DO not overpack! Ladies do NOT overpack. Overpacking causes a lot of problems and can even make your trip more expensive. Also, the worse thing is when you can’t get your carry on out of the overhead bin because it’s too heavy for you. I am a just-in-case person. I will pack things that I think I will need and never even touch it my whole trip. Overpacking creates clutter and can even take up space for items you will need!
If you have any last-minute trips coming up as summer winds down,
what are some tips you travel by?