As you know, I travel a lot. Sometimes it’s for fun, and other times it’s for work or Jeremy’s work. When I first started traveling, I got nervous at airports, stressed when trying to pack, and scare of the unknown. Now, it doesn’t even phase me. I have a little routine that helps me stay organized and prepared. If you are a frequent traveler, you probably have great tips as well! Feel free to share them on this post! I love learning from you guys as well. If you are not a frequent traveler, I hope this post can help you out on your next trip!
Before you begin packing, go online and check your airlines guidelines. I always fly Southwest when I can because they have great customer service, let you have multiple bags, and I like the no seating arrangement on the plane. I also have a Southwest rapids reward credit card that allows me to earn flight points every time I use it. If you travel a lot, I’d recommend looking into one! Southwest lets you carry two bags onto the plane and carry one two bags. The bags that you check in can’t be heavier than 50lbs a piece. I always weigh my bags before going to the airport. That’ll save you from unpacking things and stuffing them into other bags in the airport. I’ve learned my lesson on that one!
Other things you should do before traveling: Check in your flight 24 hours before, continue to check it’s status and gates, and get check what time the airport recommends you getting there before take off. Some days it’s really busy and some days it’s not. Tuesdays are the best days to fly! If you don’t pay attention to the recommended time, you could miss our flight with the extra long security line. If you are an A-list flyer, you probably won’t run into any of those problems.
Pack the day before you travel! If you forget anything, you’ll have time to pick it up.
When you are packing your bathroom supplies, make sure to keep them in a leak-proof bag. Don’t keep the bag in your carry on because they may get thrown away at security. You’ll end up buying all new products on your trip and that can be pretty pricy depending on where you are going.
I have a travel bag obsession. It helps that I get them cheap at TJ Maxx. They have little bags for computers, make up, bathroom supplies, luggage, or carry ons. They are usually marked down 50% compared to the normal designer price.
When you are packing your make up, only take the basics and downsize to a smaller bag. You can’t pack a huge make up case, so use a carry bag. Bring some fun lip gloss, eye shadow, and your necessities. Oh, and don’t forget those tweezers! I like to carry my makeup in my carry on bag, because I don’t trust that it won’t break in my suitcase. I’ve never had a problem getting it through security.
Oh and again, check out TJ Maxx for those little bags! I’m obsessed with Betsey Johnson and they have a ton her stuff.
If I were you, I’d pack extra sunglasses. You may not be as hard on them as I am, but I either lose them, sit on them, or they break in my bags. Keep them with you in your carry on.
I’m sure you’ve heard of rolling your clothes to get them to fit, but I’m against that. You’ll most likely pack way too much and your bag will be overweight. Also, it’s not great for your clothes! I fold them up before adding them to the suitcase.
I’m not sure why people think you have to continue to buy new clothes for vacations, but I’m all about recycling. Call me a clothes hoarder if you must! This dress is three years old and I still wear it out. I STILL get compliments on it. Save your shopping money for vacation! Don’t waste it buying clothes before you go.
I know vacation requires getting getting all fancy and dressed up, but don’t forget to bring some comfortable clothes! There will be a lot of downtime and you’ll wish you were all cozy. I bring a lot of workout shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, flip flops, tennis shoes, and pajamas!
I also have a rule: Try it on before it goes into the suitcase! If you don’t wear it while you are at home, why would you wear it on vacation. Don’t waste suitcase space with pointless items.
Always choose a comfortable outfit for the airport. I like to wear jeans, a nice comfortable/casual top, flats, and a cardigan if it’s cold. If you set that aside, it prevents you from packing it up and digging it out in the morning.
I hate when my shoes get smashed in my suitcase and I don’t like the idea of my dirty shoes on my clean cloths, so I keep a bag just for my shoes and comfortable clothes. I don’t really care if my shoes touch my comfortable clothes. This is my second check in bag.
And last, pack what you’ll be bringing on the plane. I pack my laptop, phone, my sunglasses, makeup, headphones, wallet, and some healthy snacks. Don’t buy snacks at the airport if you don’t have too. They double in price! Just make sure you put your laptop in a separate bin during security and keep your bag open. Make sure keep your ticket and license in your hand to save time instead of digging around for them. Pack antibacterial wipes with you. The airplane seats are full of germs. Give it a good wipe down, especially on the tray!
If I were you, I’d download a movie on your laptop the day before to keep you busy on the plane. Make sure your computer and phone stays charged all night.
I hope this little post could help. If you have any other questions, leave one and I’ll try to answer it! If you have some advice, I’d love to hear from you!