Tuesday, May 19, 2009

“Makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice…”

Packing cam be very frustrating especially when you forget something or pack too much.

It‘s all about …“Makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice…”
I figured it would be smart to make a list two or three days before the trip. This way I can put down whatever comes to mind and as time goes on other items may come to mind. Once I have made my first draft of the list I will post it somewhere I can see it; for example my fridge.

The best way to go about it is to think of your every step from when you wake up to when you got to bed and all the necessities you will be without when you leave home.

1. Tooth brush, floss

2. Tooth paste, math wash...Etc

3. Two towels depending on how long you’re traveling (usually two towels is good for one week)

4. Bath supplies (soaps, face soaps, scrubber and shampoos). It would be smart to purchase the tiny containers instead of using large ones.

5. Lotions…Etc (small containers)

6. Enough under garments to last for each day of the trip plus three more just in case you decide to stay longer and don’t have anywhere to wash clothes. If you’re the type to take two showers in a day and want to double the amount you use on a daily bases then I suggest you wash your garments in the shower or in the sink by hand to save room, so pack a small bottle of laundry detergent.

7. Outfits (one for each day, so make sure to look at the forecast and plan according to the weather). Some people like to pack extra outfits in case they change their minds, but that’s what shopping is all about. If you pack your suitcase too full then you won’t be able to fit any new materials when you leave. If you’re not the shopping type and you know you will need extra clothes then pack away, but it might come back to haunt you!

8. Perfumes make up…Etc

9. Shoes (Shoes should be kept to a minimum simply because they take up a lot of room. It’s always good to have one dressy pair, sneakers (good for activity), and casuals (sandals).

10. 1 Bag that matches all, so you can wear it and not have to pack it (This counts as a purse for ladies, since men are lucky and have wallets).

11. Hair accessories (small containers should be kept in mind once again)

12. 2 pairs of Pajamas or lounge outfits

Remember this is a rough draft, so as the days lead up to the trip you may add more. The night of the trip pack all items to see if they fit. This is where things may or may not get complicated. Depending on the size of your luggage everything might fit, if not then you’ll have to pick out what’s least important.

Before going to bed, lay out all materials on a visible flat surface, when you wake up the next morning you can use them if need be, and then fold(click on fold for tips on how to fold clothes into a suitcase) them back into the suit case after you are all done.
Wait! did you remember to grab your passport or any other important doucments like your ticket? You wouldn't wanto to forget that.
Finally, when you’re all zipped up, you’ll feel confident and on your way knowing that you packed wisely.

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