Checklist for Packing
So you've booked your trip! Now it's time to pack. Whether it's a weekend getaway or a couple weeks in Europe, here's a useful checklist and timeline of pre-trip tips so you can sit back and enjoy the ride.
1 month before
- Shop - every destination has a different climate and culture so you'll want to make sure you're prepared for the weather while not looking like a tourist.
- Get dry cleaning done - if you have any jackets that have been hiding in storage or garments that haven't been wore in awhile, you might want to go ahead and get those professionally cleaned.
1 week before
- Do laundry: Make sure everything you need is clean and ready to go.
- Don't forget: To refill your favorite toiletries and medications.
- Stop the mail: If you're leaving for a longer period of time, notify the post office you'll be away or ask a neighbor to check the mail while you're gone.
1 day before
- Pack it up: Start with the big items first and then pack the smaller things.
- Roll lit up: To maximize space, use the rolling technique (see pictured above). It keeps your clothes from getting wrinkled and allows you see what's in your bag without having to unpack everything.
- Check the weather: Make sure you've packed accordingly and that your flight won't be effected by any nasty storms.
- Check in: And if you have the option to select your seat, go ahead and do so when checking in (even if you already have an assignment). Airlines tend to release the leftover inventory 24 hours in advance so you might be able to upgrade free of charge.
- Checking a bag? Pay for it ahead of time to save on fees and lines at the airport.
- Download: Get the app for whatever airline(s) you are flying so you can check flight status and/or gate arrival info on the go.
- Charge up: Get all your electronics juiced up and ready to go ahead of time.
- Lay it out: Place your outfit to wear on the plane out the night before so you're not scrambling the next day (while you're tired and/or in the dark).
Day of Trip
- Zip it up: Wear heavy items like your jacket and boots the day of travel. While it seems like a pain, it saves you valuable room in your luggage and keeps you warm on the plane. (And if you're TSA Precheck you won't have to take them off in security).
- Lock it up: Better safe than sorry, most likely you'll be in a rush out the door and might forget to lock your door or car behind you.
- Note to self: Jot down or use dropped pin on your iPhone to remember where you parked.
What tips do you have for packing and pre-trip? Comment below, would love to know what advice you have.