Packing Tips For Traveling

I love to travel and doing it as inexpensively as possible. Checking bags, airport parking, etc. can all add up to a lot of money and I’d rather spend that money on having fun or for souvenirs. Here are some of our tips for packing and getting ready to go:

  • Make a list. Whenever I don’t I always forget something. Don’t forget phone cord and camera charger.
  • Plan your outfits. It’s nice to have a few extra clothing items, but you don’t want to over pack.
  • If traveling by car we only eat out once a day and bring food with us for the other meals.
  • Fancy hotels are great and an awesome luxury, but if you aren’t going to spend much time in your room other than sleeping find a less expensive and comfortable, but clean option.
  • Rather than weigh yourself down with books download reading material onto your phone or tablet.
  • If possible, have a friend take you to the airport rather than paying for long term parking.
  • Checking bags can be a minimum of $25 each. We take carry on baggage instead. It’s amazing what you can get in a smaller bag and there’s no worries if the airport loses your checked bags. Plus, who wants to worry about dragging around a lot of luggage. Here’s how I pack mine:

In the bottom of a rolling bag there are two bars. I place items that I don’t care if they wrinkle in those slots. I usually put lingerie, my swimming suit, pajamas, flat iron, etc. in those spaces.

I always take travel sized products even if traveling by car. They save so much space.

Many people roll their clothing to save space, but I’ve found laying my clothing flat in my bag works best for me and there are less wrinkles.

I put my shoes in Ziploc bags to keep from getting my clothes dirty. Use the space inside your shoes to store socks, bottles, etc.

I like taking a small tote bag for any souvenirs or extra things. I also like to add a garbage bag for dirty cloths. Adding a dryer sheet inside my bag keeps my dirty clothing from smelling up my clean clothes.

For jewelry that can tangle I like to use Glad Press’n Seal to hold it and then placed in a Ziploc.

Because I have my carry on with me at all times I use the outside pocket for my laptop.

That’s it. For fun entertainment ideas for your family be sure to check here.

Happy Travels!


Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.


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