Traveling is fun! The planning phase… not so much. Regardless of how far ahead a trip has been scheduled, last minute preparations are inevitable. Packing bags and preparing your home to be empty for a few days or weeks can be very stressful. Here are a few tips to help make pre-departure packing and prepping as breezy as a beach vacation.
Start with an organized home
Have you ever misplaced your car key or shoe or handbag? If so, you know how a poorly organized home or office can delay you from leaving, maybe even cause you to miss your ride or flight. Maintaining a neat and organized home will prevent misplaced items from tripping you up on travel day, as well as speed up the time it takes to pack your bags for the trip. Start with an organized space and the packing will be much quicker and easier.
Pre-pack your clothes in your closet
A tidy closet is essential when selecting and packing clothes for your trip. A custom closet system by California Space Organizers can optimize the way your clothes are stored so that they are always vacation-ready. Complete outfits can be arranged to fit on one hanger or one shelf and custom shoe cubbies can make it easier to see and pick the shoes you want to take. Also, a neat and well-organized closet can help you identify any missing items. For example, if you notice an empty space in your closet that is usually filled (like an empty shoe cubby or an empty shelf), that may help remind you of items you still need to buy or find while you are packing.
Put most of your belongings away
There’s no need to leave the kitchen utensils on the counter if you aren’t going to be eating at home for several days. The same goes for other items that will be left at home. Properly storing every item out of sight before a vacation (and any other time) keeps both dust and potential burglars at bay. Place smaller items like cosmetics, toiletries and keys in drawers; larger items like laptops and other devices can be put on high shelves or locked in cabinets for extra security.