You have a big trip coming up, and it is time to get packing. When do you leave? Hopefully, you’re not looking at packing tips the night before. One good general rule of thumb when packing for a trip is to not wait until the last minute. Packing a day ahead might seem like plenty of time, but it’s really not. Packing is a process, and how many times have you packed everything, double checked and then still ended up packing extras or things you forgot when you check again? The night before needs to be reserved simply for making sure you didn’t forget anything and getting enough rest.
That can be easier said than done when you’re busy and certain items you want to pack are in use. If you travel often enough, you should keep certain supplies in a “go bag” so that you aren’t having to pack anything at the last minute, just after you’ve used it. That is a recipe for forgetting some important things you need on your trip like toiletries.
If you’re on a budget and don’t have the extra supplies for traveling, that is understandable. At least work off of a list so you can check things off as they are packed up. Do as much as you can beforehand so that you are ready to walk out that door when it is go time. Packing is also dependent on how are you’re traveling? Different strategies apply if you are taking a road trip to if you’re flying or undertaking a cruise.
You’ve also need to think about what bags you need to bring along for the type of trip you’re undertaking. Do you need a carry-on bag? Do you have a separate small bag for your toiletries? Packing efficiently for the trip not only guarantees you have everything you need on you, but it also helps ensure that you are able to find what you’ve packed when needed.