All travel requires organization, whether it is an overnight stay, a three-week beach holiday, a corporate trip or going camping with the family.
You will tweak your organizing each trip as you evolve and your circumstances change, here are however, some of my basic tips.
Toiletries help you to feel comfortable and organized when you are away from home
I have a basic bag of toiletries with:
* these items are not what I normally use, they are specific travel items and are small enough to take on board when flying.
The toiletries are in a simple rectangular bag with a loop. It is important to have some form of loop on your toiletries bag to hang it. As this makes life easier and can be more hygienic to do so (think shower cubicles), you never know where you may end up.
The size is depending on your needs, I have sometimes opted for two toiletries bags, one for urgent travel, this covers; tooth paste, deodorant etc. And one for important things over a longer period like; soap, clippers and makeup.
In general, I like to travel light and make life easier for myself.
I don’t have too many items which are a must but I generally love:
Always check the weather of the location you are going. If you go overseas and know someone from that country (or someone who has been there recently), ask them about weather appropriate clothes, this helps you organize your clothes and pick items, which are suitable for that specific location.
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are always a must.
Sometimes we get so hyped up and excited about taking everything and having the perfect items for our trip that we forget one very important thing. They very likely, have got some shops at your destination. Often with better quality and items, which are more suitable to the climate, than what we could find at home.
An example of this is: I live in Australia for many years now, but my family is all based in the Netherlands. Even if, I would visit all the shops in my area, I would never find a winter coat that would suit the European winters as well as I could in 30 minutes shopping in any town in the Netherlands.
In a lot of cases you can just buy some climate specific items at your destination, use it and pass it on.
Although I have multiple bags, there is always one easy to grab, with the l toiletries close by. This means, that no matter what trip I have coming up and how much notice I have, the very important bits and pieces are always organized for travelling.
If for whatever reason I need to go in a rush, I can pick up some clothes, my toiletries and the preferred bag at the time, which means I can be ready for any overnight stay in less than 5 minutes.
I use both; a suitcase or backpack depending on the type of trip I do:
Recently on a camping trip I used neither backpack or suitcase.
During the camping trip, which I did with children, we needed all different items as we had a variety of things to do, at various times (tent supplies for setting up, clothes for washing and getting dressed, cooking equipment at dinner time). It therefor made sense to use multiple bags in the back of the car, they were color coordinated, so we knew which one to use when the time was right.
No matter how often and how you travel, enjoy, simplify and organize before, during and after your trip, it is an evolving process.
I hope you will enjoy your next trip, feeling organized and adventurous.
If you have small people in your care, make sure to check out the Traveling with kids page.
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