Look at all of the items we were able to take out of the client’s suitcase! As an Organizer I can help you say “YES” to these 2 questions: Want to spend less time packing? Carry less? Use the Outside In Approach to packing for any kind of travel: 1. Commit to a color theme for your clothes. 2. Plan to wear items more than once. 3. Mix, match and layer.
Getting organized before you travel allows you to save your time for enjoying your destination. Outside In Organizer and Makeovers has 5 tips for organizing your travel: #1 – Pay bills early and online #2 – Use a packing and to do list #3 – Have the concierge make reservations for spa appointments, tours, and meals prior to your arrival #4 – Locate a grocery store near your hotel; purchase the basics on the first day you arrive (ex: bottled water, snacks) #5 – Keep duplicates of some items in your luggage so you only need to replenish rather than unpack and pack them Safe travels from me to you!
Love to travel but hate to pack? Here are some organizing tips and ideas that promise to lighten your load: 1. Use a backpack for your carry on. The weight will be distributed evenly and allow your hands to be free. 2. Bring an e-reader instead of books and magazines (don’t forget your charger). 3. Find multi-use products such as lotions and makeup with of an SPF 15, or more, conditioning shampoo, lip gloss with color, and so on. 4. Email yourself (cc: others) necessary documents rather than print them out and carry them. For example: your itinerary, emergency contacts, and presentation materials. 5. Ship items you purchase or pick up at conferences to your home or office rather than try to pack and carry them.
Travel should be easy and fun. If it is business-related, then easy and productive! I hate doing laundry when I travel almost as much as I hate packing too much. One of the ways to deal with this challenge is to invest in a collection of quick drying undergarments. They can be hand washed and dry in no time, no matter where you travel. Here are links to items for men and women:
Okay I admit it, I’m not much for camping but I do love to travel. I highly recommend purchasing some of these great Eagle Creek cubes and tubes. They help organize and condense your clothing and smaller items inside your luggage. I even use them for phone chargers, etc. The cubes make items easily visible, fit into your luggage and transfer quickly to drawers when you unpack.
Outside In Organizer and Makeovers helps you organize for any occasion and travel is no exception! If you travel often then you know it can be a hassle to pack a lot. Consider organizing your travel wardrobe using these tips: 1. Wrinkle factor: pack only clothes that don’t wrinkle and don’t require ironing. You’ll be able to wear items more than once. 2. Pick a palette: pick a color theme and then pack only items that go with or complement that theme. Bring neutrals that go with everything. 3. Pack for comfort: rather than bring those fabulous shoes that you can only wear for 1 evening event, consider something that is comfortable and can be work day or night with a variety of outfits. You won’t regret it, and you’ll have more fun.
Tip #1: Work backwards! the best way to be prepared for your departure is to follow this simple travel tip. What needs to be done before the day you depart? Make a list for everything that needs to be finished at home, work, etc. Manage your time so that you don’t save everything until the last minute. Tip #2: Go travel with less. Packing light means bringing only what you need. Remember, you are going to have fun and/or work, you are not moving. Tip #3: Travel worry-free. Share your itinerary with a friend or neighbor. Make duplicate copies of your identification, including your credit cards and leave copies with your travel information. Want more organizing travel tips and a detailed, customized list? Contact Outside In Organizer and Makeovers.
Here are 3 easy ways to create your travel wardrobe: First: Mixing and matching pieces is an easy way to create more outfits from less items. You can dress up jeans and walking shorts for evening by changing shoes, accessories, and tops. Second: Layering pieces makes packing easier. You can wear a tank top under a sheer blouse and bring along a khaki jacket for cooler days. Third: Simple changes in the ways that you wear a piece create variety. For instance, you can wear a shirt tucked in or left out and belted. You can wear a light weight jacket with sleeves rolled up, partially buttoned, and just a cami underneath, then wear it un buttoned with sleeves cuffed and a tee shirt underneath. The best results are born out of your creativity, have fun with it!
“It seems like I always forget something when I travel.” What is the best way to create a packing list? San Diego Outside In Organizer and Makeovers has great tips for customized packing lists. You can sign up and get 1 specifically for an event, destination, or general travel. The lists include: 1. Clothing 2. Non-clothing items 3. Things to do before the trip Contact Denise, Professional Organizer, at http://outsideinorganizer.com