As summer approaches and you start to plan those long-awaited vacations, take a minute to think about how you will pack for a trip. Packing can be daunting and chaotic, but here are a few steps to help you plan for the big day. With this organization system you can skip the part of your trip where you say, “Oh I forgot to bring…”

Plan all of your outfits for your trip and pack them neatly.

Make a list. This is an absolute must for any trip, from a weekend at the lake to an overseas flight. Making a list ensures that you think of everything you will need to pack. Try to make your list out before the day you are going to pack, and for long trips it is best if you start a list long before and as you think of items you will need to take add them to the ongoing list. You may want to make a list of the number of days you will be gone, as well as any specific activities. That way you can count the number of outfits you will need and plan accordingly. I like to separate my list into categories (shirts, pants, shoes, items for the car) to make it easier to organize.

After you have completed your list and you’re ready to pack, clear a space on the floor, couch or bed, basically anywhere that you can lay out the things to be packed. When you have done that take your list and start gathering the items to be packed. This way you can see everything that you are taking so you can know what size bag you will need. As you put items in the designated area check them off of the list. Read More →