Packing Tips, Part 2

Here’s your second step to packing smarter, not harder. There are a few ways of packing, and a few extra items you can bring that will help you SO much in the long run and relieve some of the common vacation stressers.

Packing Tip #5

So you hate searching for the other earing when you travel?

Put your earrings in pairs through the holes of a button when you’re packing! That way you know they are together and you won’t forget or lose one!

Packing Tip #6

don’t want to take the entire bottle of foundation, eye cream, or moisturizer? Put some into a contact lens case to save space!

➕ Bonus tip: I actually do this when my product is running low and I can’t get anymore out of the container. If it’s a tube I can’t get into, I cut open the bottle. I use a tiny spatula to scrape all the product out and store it in a contact lens case.

Packing Tip #7

This travel tip is from my brother, who is a travel PRO!

A binder clip can really come in handy. Use it to cover the blades of your razor when packing to protect it from damage. Then use it to clip the curtains closed so no light can sneak in and wake you up to early when you’re on vacation!

Packing Tip #8

Going somewhere sunny? Don’t forget your sunglasses. Having worked in the optometry industry my entire adult life, I know what I’m talking about! Don’t forget sunglasses for your kids as well as your own! People receive 80% of their lifetime exposure to Ultraviolet (UV) rays before they reach the age of 18. The lens of a child’s eye will allow 70% more UV rays to enter the retina than an adult.
Also choose polarized lenses that absorb the reflective glare that bounces off the road and the oncoming cars, and help even on snowy/cloudy days with glare. Polarized can also help you see straight into water past the surface glare!

Packing Tip #9

Don’t forget a dirty laundry bag or pop up basket! If you don’t have a place to collect dirty laundry, it ends up all over the floors, the bathroom, the beds, you name it. This way you can keep the dirty laundry all together, and just throw it into your suitcase at the end of your trip. Or even better, if there is a laundry room where you are staying, wash it before you go home! These are our favorite bags.

If you plan to do laundry there, be sure to bring travel sizes of laundry detergent like individual pods, or sample 1 use sizes. You can get those here.

Packing Tip #10

Invest in a small scale like this. Airlines have luggage weight limits. You do not want to risk being over the limit, and having to pay more money.

This one hooks right on the handle and will tell you the weight of your suitcase so you know if you are within the limit. It’s great not just for the way there but also the way home when you are trying to bring extra souvenirs!

Packing Tip #11

On that note, if you intend on bringing home lots of souvenirs, this foldable bag is the way to go. It folds up real small for the trip there, and serves as an extra check on luggage for the way home. You will want to put clothes in it, since it is soft sided. Then put the more valuable, breakable souvenirs into your suitcase.

There’s my tips for your packing efficiency. Hopefully these help you stay organized, prevent you from forgetting anything, and keep your hotel room neat and tidy! Do you have a good packing tip to share? Send it to me, and I’ll be sure to use it in a future post!

Click HERE to view my Packing Tips Part 1!

Click HERE to view my Packing Tips Part 3!

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Published by Emily Trempe

I am a mom of 2 boys ages 11 and 14, and have been married to my wonderfully supportive husband, Brian for 14 years. I work full time in the billing department of a large opthamolgy practice in Michigan. I have not just a love for all things Disney that started from birth. My boys sometimes call it my Disney problem, but my husband and I fondly refer to it as my Disney passion. I have a side gig as a travel advisor. I can help plan almost any vacation, but as you can guess, I specialize in Disney and Universal.

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