Some Simple Packing Tips

Hey everyone!  As some of you know (those who read my blog), The Man and I just got back from a 2-week road trip vacation.  This vacation involved not only simple sight-seeing, but also two reunions and several visits with friends.  There were only two times when we would be staying more than one night at a time, so I wanted to pack carefully and try not to have just a jumbled mess in our suitcases. So what do you do when you need suggestions......PINTEREST, of course!  I found some FREE printables that I used and found to be very helpful.

The form below was so helpful in just having one place to jot down all the things we did not want to forget.  I simply kept this out on the kitchen island for a few days prior to our DD, so The Man and I could write down things as we thought about them.  The last category on this form, Entertainment, is where I listed things like: snacks & water, electronics & cords, reading-writing materials, my crochet (I like to crochet in the car), etc.  When we are car-tripping, I always use several sturdy tote bags to make things easier to find......one for snacks & water, another for the electronics stuff & paper goods (including our travel agenda & hotel reservation confirmations), and a separate one for my crochet & my iPad (we listen to audio books on that).   

Free Printable Packing List by Just a Girl and Her Blog
I really like this next form and used it to plan out my outfits for each day of our trip.  My plan (and it worked beautifully) was to have everything in one suitcase that we would need on-the-road and not have to haul in both suitcases -- The Man likes to use one of those fold-over type bags.  
Female Wardrobe Organizing
I packed the completed form right into a pocket in my suitcase, incase I forgot what I planned for a particular occasion, or if I would be doing some mixing and matching for additional outfits.

PSST.....I am now using the above form to plan outfits for my everyday wear.  I have a section in our master closet where I can hang several outfits and not have to decide each morning what I will wear.  I'll share more about this trick later when I reveal our master closet redo -- it's almost finished!

Okay, it's time to pack those bags!  I found this Source on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.  It's pretty ingenious as far as I'm concerned.  You simply pack "outfits" in the Jumbo Ziplok bags.

I neatly folded tops and bottoms, plus a little bag of the matching accessories, placed them in the zip bags, pressed out the excess air, zipped it up, DONE!

If what I was packing might wrinkle easily, I didn't squeeze out so much air.

This was a medium-size suitcase, and I had all of my clothes (*minus shoes, purses -- those went in a tote bag), The Man's travel clothes, & all the undergarments for both of us zipped into separate bags.

*The tote bag with shoes and purses is not something I ordinarily do, but we had plenty of room.  I just decided each day what shoes/purse I wanted and grabbed them from the bag -- no need to take the whole tote bag in each time.

This system worked so well.   It was so easy to find what we wanted each day without disrupting the entire suitcase.  Each night I would pull out the next day's outfit and hang it up so any wrinkles could fall out -- that worked well, too.

*FYI -- all of my toiletries, including makeup & hair stuff goes into a zippered tote bag.  I usually carry this inside the car, especially during warm weather.

When we got home, I only had 2 outfits that had not been worn, but were still nice and clean in their zip bags and ready to re-hang in my closet.  After unpacking everything, I simply tossed all the zip bags right back into the suitcase to reuse on our next trip.

Well, that's just about a wrap for this post.  I would love to hear how you pack for trips -- tips, tricks, etc.  Trips-vacations are such fun but also a bit chaotic, so it's great when you have some tricks up-your sleeve.  Hope you enjoyed and maybe "packed" (wow, I'm so funny) up an idea or two.

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  1. This is just brilliant!! Next road trip, I think I might try this.

  2. You really have some great tips here! I like the idea of packing whole outfits into a zip bag. Certainly makes it easy when getting dressed. And your suitcase stays neat because you're not rummaging around in it trying to put together an outfit. I love that you can reuse the zip bags on your next trip too!

  3. These are great tips, thank you. On our recent trip to CA, I experimented with a "capsule wardrobe," which was kind of fun! I made every outfit mix-and-match and only brought neutral underwear, socks, etc. so I could wear anything with anything else.

  4. I hate packing so I have to try this. I already make lists & would be lost without them but the ziploc bag thing is genius. My biggest issue is finding what I need & everything else gets strewn about. Thanks for sharing.

  5. THANKS for the suggestion of the zip lock bags!!! I will be doing this next trip for sure! I have another suggestion too: I take a small bottle of Downy Wrinkle Release o trips. It works MAGIC on getting wrinkles out! I use it at home as well, and many times don't need to iron!!!! Glad you had a good trip.

  6. What GREAT ideas Carol! I wish I would have seen this before your trip as you know I was gone at the same time. We did ok in the packing, but I did learn that shoes need to be separate because my one suitcase was too heavy for having to haul upstairs at a couple of hotels. Anyway, love the ideas for my next road trip :) Blessings, Cindy

  7. Great tip, Carol! I sure will keep it in mind for our next trip. Maria

  8. Carol,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the sweet things you had to say!! I am blushing!! Many people call me Crazy but I say I am just Creative!! LOL!!
    Have a great day!!

  9. You have some great tips... we just got back not to long ago from vacation and could have used these ideas! Next time!!! Hope your week is going good!!

  10. Carol,

    You are the queen of organization!! What a brilliant job you did of this task of packing, which so many of us dread, even to think about! The older I get, the less I want in my life, in my home, and more importantly, in my brain - i.e., that 'baggage' that we tend to hang on to, which can really weigh us down!!

    Thanks for all your amazing tips and pics! Happy Thursday, my friend!


  11. I really like your tips, Carol. We are planning a family trip to Europe next summer and will be staying somewhere different every few days so these ideas will help keep us organized. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Carol, this post is really timely for me! I have a lot of travel coming up in October. I've always been a bit of a slap-dash packer; this time I'm going to try your organized way of doing things. :)

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home--I'm featuring you this week!


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