I’m not sure which task I dislike more; packing or unpacking. They’re both so stressful. On one hand, you don’t want to forget something at home. On the other hand, you don’t want to accept the fact that vacation is over and well…you’re back home. This weekend one of my best friends from Cleveland is going to visit me in Vegas. The plan is to take a dimi trip (my term for small/short ventures) to California. With the anxiety of packing in my near future, I wanted to focus on a few “do’s” and “don’ts” of packing.
Do: Roll with the homies! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Rolling your clothes instead of folding leaves you with much more space. Therefore, you can either condense down to a simple carry-on, or you can save the leftover room for all the extra goods you bring home. Let’s not lie to ourselves, there will probably be some shopping involved on the trip.
Don’t: Try not to bring anything you’d hate to lose. You’ll kick yourself for it later if something actually does happen to it. Or you can double up! I hate worrying about leaving my phone charger behind, so I have an extra one I take with me while I travel.
Do: Always pack a swimsuit. Most of the time you’re going to come across a pool, hot tub, etc. Swimming in those oversized baggy clothes is not cute.
Don’t: Any cash, credit cards, important documents, electronics, etc., should be with you in your carry-on. Never pack it in your suitcase where you can’t always have your eyes on it.
Do: Pack a sweater along with that swimsuit. Any 90 degree day can turn into a 40 degree night. It could even get just as miserably cold inside the hotel, as it is hot outside. Something basic just to be safe!
Don’t: Let’s not pack every pair of shoes you own. If you’re anything like my sister, your suitcase consists of 5% clothes, 5% toiletries, and 90% shoes. Let’s face it, you’re probably going to wear the same shoes you wear to the airport the majority of the time. Plus those shoes add a ton of extra weight to your bag, and nobody wants to pay the overage fees. Take shoes that you know you’ll be comfortable in. Try something versatile!
Do: Place one or two dryer sheets in your luggage. It will keep your clothes smelling fresh!
Don’t: Panic. It will be okay. You won’t forget anything, and if you do… there’s more than likely a store nearby. If you’re flying, place your ID, passport, wallet, and boarding pass in your carry-on the night before. Leave yourself minimal tasks to do in the morning.
Do: Have a good time!