With summer now fully upon us we are now faced with a question...how do I pack properly. I know what you're thinking is it really possible to "pack like a pro?" The answer at least, in my opinion, is a resounding yes. Packing is one of the few things where you can have your cake and eat it too. I actually posted a video that directly correlates with this blog post and if you are more of a visual person (like me), you may enjoy watching that before delving into the packing guide.
P R O T I P S
// Roll your clothing instead of folding them to save space in your suitcase.
// Save money by bringing 2 carry-on bags one that you will stow away in the overhead bin and the other that you will keep beneath your seat. Not only does this save you money it takes out the possibility of losing your items
// Bring ziploc bags to carry back home any interesting food or souvenirs that you may find.
// Also always bring an extra bag for dirty clothes, or just use the dirty clothes bag in the hotel that you stay in so that your dirty clothes are separated from the clean ones.
T H E L I S TFirst things first you have to start off with a list. I don't think I have to say that a list helps keep you from forgetting important things. I actually created a freebie for those of you who would like to print out my own personal list that is available to download right H E R E. Since I already made a copy of my own list both here and in my video I'll refrain from repeating it again in this post, but I will go ahead and tell you how to customize my list to your own needs. Since everyone's trip spans different amounts of time how can you know how much of each item to pack? In my opinion, a general rule of thumb is to take the number of days you will actually spend there and then factor in the activities you will probably do.
For instance, last year I traveled to Mexico for 8 days and 7 nights. Since I knew I wanted to hit the beach I brought 3 bathing suits that could be mix-matched to allow me to enjoy a solid 6 days on the beach. I also knew that I would probably go to the gym every day, so I brought 4 pairs of shorts, 7 t-shirts, and about 3 sports bras that I could use throughout my stay. I'd also suggest that you bring at least 3 dressier tops (or dresses) since most resorts require patrons to look nicer for certain restaurants onsite. I brought one additional top since I knew that I tended to be a klutz and spill things on myself.
The key takeaways here are:
+ Make sure that the number of essentials you have packed matches the number of nights that you will be on vacation.
+ If you are staying at an all-inclusive, do not bring towels, these will be provided.
+ Rinse out (or wash) clothing items you plan to re-wear (i.e swimsuits, sports bras)
All and all there isn't one fail-safe way to ensure that you won't overpack which is why I would love to hear your tips. Be sure to comment a tip that has helped you pack for summer vacation. We would love to hear it!