Traveling is something that should be done often and well. Although traveling to Europe or distant Caribbean islands seems to be on most people's to-do lists, there's plenty to see and do that can be done on a road trip. Whether you're traveling by air, train, car, or boat, traveling can be less stressful when one prepares well.
Knowing how much needs to be seen and done when traveling, staying organized is almost a requirement. Being away from your home for a few days at a time, here are 10 ways to stay organized while traveling so that you can have a stress-free and worthwhile trip. Good luck and safe travels!
10 MAKING A LIST IS KEY
Booking the trip is one of the hardest things you'll have to do when you decide on traveling. Coordinating affordable flights with your hotel and activities can take some time. Once that's done with, you can finally start creating a list.
Grab a pen and paper and list everything you'll need to get done before the trip, what needs to be done at home, at work, and what needs to be prepared for the trip!
9 UNPACK AS SOON AS YOU ARRIVE
Unpacking as soon as you get into your hotel room or Air BnB is crucial. I know you'll want to throw your bags on your bed and hit the streets or beaches but immediately unpacking will give you peace of mind.
Unpacking as soon you get to your room will let you know exactly what outfits you have, what you forgot, and what you'll need to get while traveling. Organizing your clothes and shoes will also make them less wrinkled!
8 KEEP ALL IMPORTANT DETAILS IN ONE SPOT
Keeping all your important details in a reachable area while traveling is best. I know there are plenty of people who have heard about nitpickers so they'll bury their documents in a dark place that's hard to get to, but that also makes it hard for the traveler to get to it as well.
Keeping your passport, plane/bus/train ticket, phone, and keys in an accessible area will give you peace of mind. You won't be wondering where your important documents went because you can physically see or touch them. It'll also be easier for you when you need to use or show them.
7 DRIVING? KEEP ALL SNACKS AND DRINKS IN ONE COOLER THAT'S EASILY ACCESSIBLE
Not every travel expedition needs to be done by plane. Packing the car and embarking on a road trip can be just as exciting and sometimes more affordable. Aside from having plenty of activities for the long car ride, having a cooler full of snacks and drinks is extremely important. For starters, it'll save money and time because you won't need to stop at fast-food restaurants every couple of hours. Secondly, having a food bag nearby means you won't need to crawl throughout the car just to grab a snack.
6 ONE REUSABLE BAG FOR DIRTY LAUNDRY
It may seem silly but keeping your clean and dirty clothes separate while traveling can make all the difference in your moods.
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Knowing what's clean and what's dirty (especially with undergarments) can get tricky when living out of your bags, so grab a reusable laundry bag (they can be purchased from places like Target, Amazon, Walmart, etc...) and throw anything dirty or stained in there and away from the clean clothes. This way, if you're able to do wash while on-the-go, all you gotta do is grab your dirty clothes bag.
5 PACK LIGHTLY
Some travelers out there aren't going to like this but packing lightly is the way to go. Before officially packing your suitcase, lay all the clothes you want to bring with you out on the floor. Be realistic and pair outfits that you're actually looking forward to wearing. If you're not sure if you're going to wear something, check out the weather app and see if it makes sense. If you're iffy about it, don't bring it. Packing light means you can travel with ease without having to wait for more than one bag at airports and carrying them throughout your way to your hotel.
4 ORGANIZE YOUR CARRY-ON TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR TSA
Not many people are fond of waiting in line for TSA but it needs to be done. Long lines are well worth the wait as long as we're safe. To make the agents' lives easier (and your wait more of a breeze) have everything out and ready before you reach the security conveyor belt. Have your shoes off, electronics out and ready, belt and jacket off — have everything prepared so they don't need to remind you or send you back in line.
3 HAVE A POWER BANK ALREADY CHARGED IN CASE ANYTHING HAPPENS
Is there anything more stressful in 2019 than having your electronics die right when you need them? It's almost unacceptable. Sadly, most of us need our phones for confirmations, directions, connections, etc.
We also should contact our loved ones and let them know where we're supposed to be for safety reasons. Staying organized and having a backup charging portal for our electronics can help us travel with ease.
2 GRAB SOME CABLE ORGANIZERS FROM AMAZON
Cable organizers truly are the gift that keeps on giving. Thanks to our phones, laptops, and tablets, we travel with more wires than we ever had before. Opening our luggage and seeing wires upon wires swimming on top of our clothes can be stressful (and kind of damaging). Instead, grab some cable organizers to make traveling more bearable. These little contraptions will keep each wire to themselves and in safekeeping so they're not harmed while traveling.
1 PUT ALL LIQUIDS IN A SEALED BAG
Imagine traveling for hours only to open your bag and seeing all your liquids exploded on your clothes, electronics, and shoes. Not only will you need to throw away those liquids (they're probably empty by now), the items in your luggage are also ruined until you can clean them thoroughly. To avoid this from happening, put all your liquids (no matter how tightly you close those lids) in a reusable sealed bag so that if there is an explosion nothing else is contaminated.