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The Ultimate Guide to Staying Organized While Traveling


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Ahhhhh - summer!!! School is out, the sun is shining, and the calendar is calling out to us, desperate to be filled with fun destinations - it's SUMMER! ☀️


Summer is the perfect time to embark on exciting travel adventures, whether it's a relaxing beach vacation, a thrilling hiking expedition, or a long-awaited European trip. To make the most of your summer getaway, it's crucial to approach it in an organized manner. By planning ahead and organizing your items intentionally, you can ensure a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience for you and yours.


Here are our top 9 tips for staying organized while you travel:


1. Start Early and Make a Packing List

Once you know where you are going, create a comprehensive packing list. Divide it into categories such as clothing, toiletries, electronics, travel documents, and miscellaneous items. A packing list will help you stay organized and ensure you don't forget any essential items.


You can even use mobile apps or digital templates to create and manage your packing list conveniently if the traditional paper route doesn't suit you. Surprisingly, people tend to forget the basics on trips because they are so worried about other items, so let a list remember those for you!


If you're looking to simplify even more, check out this awesome packing list!


2. Organizing for the Car or Plane - for children, especially!

Be sure to invest in some clever games and activities to keep kids off those screens the entire time. Look for fun and engaging items that keep their minds moving! Also bring snacks, lots and lots of snacks. We've all been there when the "hangry" sets in and the blood sugar drops make for epic meltdowns, so be ready!


Here are awesome organizers that can be hung from behind seats or sit in between seats to situate all of the goods and help you manage the miles well!


... and of course, don't forget a bag for trash! 🗑️


3. Choose the Right Luggage

Selecting the appropriate luggage is crucial for an organized trip. Consider the duration and nature of your travel when deciding on the size and type of bag. For shorter trips, a carry-on suitcase or backpack might be sufficient, while longer journeys may require larger suitcases or duffle bags. Opt for lightweight and durable luggage with ample compartments and pockets to keep your belongings organized.


4. Utilize Pouches and Packing Cubes - even for short trips!

Especially if you're packing for a longer trip, packing cubes and pouches are an incredible addition to your routine! They not only help you categorize your items, they make your overall pack tremendously more efficient.


You can take things one step further and color code your cubes by categories or people to make for easy retrieval. Also think about labeling your pouches so everything is easy to find.


Not into cubes or pouches?

Maximize space in your suitcase by rolling or folding your clothes efficiently. Rolling clothes reduces wrinkles and saves space, while folding allows for easy organization. A quick YouTube search can reveal any number of ways to pack this way like a pro!


5. Pack Versatile Clothing

When planning your travel wardrobe, choose versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. Opt for lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabrics that dry quickly. Pack clothes in neutral colors that can easily be paired with different accessories and shoes to create multiple outfits. This approach will help you pack lighter while maintaining a stylish and practical wardrobe. If flying, layer, layer, layer so that no matter the temperature on the plane, you will be comfortable.


6. Utilize Travel-Size Toiletries

Toiletries can quickly add bulk and weight to your luggage. Invest in travel-size containers and transfer your favorite products into them. Alternatively, many brands offer travel-size versions of popular toiletries. These smaller containers will not only save space, but also comply with airline regulations regarding liquid quantities.


If you're short on space, ask yourself: Do I even need to take them??? Your hotel or accommodation may have the basic toiletries waiting for you, so you don't have to worry about packing them!


7. Keep Essentials Within Reach

Keep your travel essentials, such as travel documents, identification, electronic devices, and medicines, easily accessible. Use a travel organizer, pouch, or small bag within your carry-on to store these items separately. This way, you won't have to rummage through your luggage every time you need them, ensuring a smoother travel experience.


8. Pack Efficiently for Security Checks

Streamline the security check process by organizing your stuff strategically. Place your electronics, liquids, and any other items that need to be inspected separately in easily-accessible pockets of your carry-on bag. Familiarize yourself with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines to ensure compliance and expedite the screening process. Also, consider shoes that are easy to slide on and off to quicken the checks.


9. Consider the Weather and Activities

Take into account the climate and activities at your destination when packing. Check the weather forecast in advance to pack appropriate clothing and gear.


If you plan to engage in outdoor activities, pack essentials such as sunscreen, hats, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes. Researching and preparing for specific activities will help you pack efficiently and avoid overpacking.



Organizing your belongings for summer travel is an essential step to ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable experience. By following these tips and tricks, you can pack efficiently, maximize space, and keep your belongings organized throughout your journey.


Safe travels! ✈️

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