How to Pack for Vacation

How to pack for vacationDo you know how to pack for vacation? Here are some vacation packing tips that can help so you have what you need without bring your whole house.

How to Pack for a Vacation: Use a Packing List

Nobody likes to arrive at their destination just to discover that something important was left behind. One great vacation packing tip is to start with a list. It helps if you split up the list into sections such as Clothes, Toiletries, Diversions (games, music, books, etc.), and Misc. Before you begin packing, check and see what the weather will be like for your destination, so you can be sure to pack accordingly.

Make sure you include on your list all essential items. It helps if you keep a general list on your computer of essentials that can be adjusted for each individual trip. This way you will less likely forget anything important because you won't have to think of everything off the top of your head. Many forgotten items can be bought at your destination, such as sunscreen, shampoo, clothes, and lotion, but other items are not so easily replaced such as cell phones, digital cameras, and medications.

How to Pack for a Vacation: Limit What You Bring

Whether you're planning a car trip or a plane ride, you'll want to pack light. The less you bring, the less you have to worry about losing. One of the best vacation packing tips is to fit everything into a carry-on; this way you won't have to worry about the airlines losing your luggage or waiting for your luggage to come out onto the luggage carousel once you've landed. Some airlines will actually charge for you to check in more than one bag for each passenger, so keep that in mind as well.

One way to reduce how much you bring is by only bringing two. Two pairs of pants, two short-sleeved shirts, two long-sleeved shirts, and two shorts (if heading somewhere warm). You might also want to bring a jacket or sweatshirt and a coat (if headed somewhere cold). Of course, don't forget pajamas and underwear.

To make more room in your luggage, you can also wear your bulkiest items onto the plane. Bring two pairs of shoes—one for walking and one for a nice outfit or casual sandals (depending on your needs). Wear the bulkiest pair of shoes on the plane. Also, wear your coat or jacket onto the plane so it doesn't have to be packed.

How to Pack for a Vacation: 3 oz Containers for Toiletries

If you're flying, you will need all liquids that you bring onto the plane in 3 oz containers or smaller. You can buy empty 3 oz containers at grocery stores and drug stores that you can use to fill up with your favorite toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, and more. Other products, such as toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream, etc., can also be found in small travel sizes. You can also keep them with your luggage so they're ready to go whenever you go on a trip, and you don't have to pack them every time.

Don't forget that if you're including liquids in your carry-on, they need to be inside a quart-sized, resealable, clear, plastic bag. You only get one bag per traveler, so make sure you only bring what you need. You can find out in advance what will be provided at the vacation home you will staying at, so you don't bring toiletries that are not needed. This will not only allow you to bring more on the plane, but it will also save space in your luggage.

With these vacation packing tips, you should be able to arrive at your destination with everything you need!

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