Our Travel, Vacation, and Packing Tips

Our Travel, Vacation, and Packing Tips

It’s that time of year!  Would you like a little rest and relaxation?

The kids are off from school, the weather is warm and comfortable, so why not get away?   Some extra time outdoors soaking up that vitamin D can do just the trick.  The summer months are quite popular for travel. So the Basic Organization team would like to share with you our favorite travel, vacation, and packing tips.  Perhaps they can help you get ready for your next getaway.



Create a packing list with all the necessary items for your vacation. Then let each family member pick out their own clothing and pack their own bag by following the packing list. Include all the essentials on the list: toothbrush, underwear, etc. Don’t assume anything!




My travel tip is to roll all my items. I am obsessed with this. I once got everything I needed for a 7-day trip to California in a personal item-sized bag with is much smaller than a carry-on. Normally I prefer road trips because I can literally pack as much as I want but sometimes you must fly and that’s when I challenge myself to pack efficiently.



Use packing cubes!  It’s so easy to sort your clothes, either by type or by outfit (whichever works better for you) and place them in individual cubes. This keeps your suitcase tidy and makes everything easy to find.  Remember to pack an empty cube or bag for your dirty clothes. If you’re tight on space, try compression cubes.

Also, make things easier for your future self by tidying up the house a bit and cleaning out the fridge before you leave on a trip. When you come home and walk in the door, it feels like you’re starting out fresh.



I place complete outfits together, along with undergarments and socks, for each day of my trip. In the mornings all I need to do is grab my outfit for the day and head to the shower. It saves me so much time and I’m not rummaging through my suitcase for clothing.




I tend to pack more clothes than I need for a trip, so I bring along a mesh laundry bag in my suitcase. (A pillowcase works great too!) I throw my dirty clothes in there so I can easily keep my dirty and clean clothes separated. When I unpack, I just dump everything from the bag in the washing machine and put my clean clothes away.

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When my family and I stay at a vacation rental, I usually pack a few dishwasher pods and washing pods for clothes, it’s something less to spend money on. Also, my coffee goes with me everywhere.

Also, when we are traveling to a new location, whether US or International, I research the city we are visiting, from restaurants to must-see places, I usually purchase tickets to important sights ahead of time with a local tourist company from that city or TripAdvisor which is safe.


I love lists as well since I do the packing for myself and my husband. This way I’m sure not to forget anything.  I also carry a small bag with the important stuff in case my luggage is lost.




I like being prepared for those unexpected travel delays.  So, just in case, I carry a phone charger, book, toothbrush, and small toothpaste in my carry-on.




The perfect end to my vacation is showering and getting under nice fresh sheets!  That’s why I always change my bed sheets before I go away. When I arrive home from vacation, I usually have a long day of travel. My normal routine starts right away with grocery shopping, laundry, and maybe even some computer work. So, climbing into a bed with clean sheets is an ideal way to end my vacation!


How about you?  What are your favorite Travel, Vacation, or Packing Tips?  Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Linda Samuels on June 26, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Love all of these travel tips from fresh sheets to list making! My favorite tip is using the packing cubes. I LOVE those! My aunt bought them for me years ago and I’ve used them ever since.

  2. Diane N Quintana on June 26, 2023 at 11:36 am

    These are great packing tips. I always make a list based on the location. I like the idea of packing outfits together to make getting ready each day simpler.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 28, 2023 at 11:26 am

      Packing for location is a smart idea because there are certain items you’d want to add / remove from the list.

  3. Seana Turner on June 26, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    I love all of these. I want to see what comments you get as well. I particularly love Michelle’s idea about packing a pillowcase or mesh bag. I haven’t done that, but I think I will start. Even a zip-top pillow cover would be great. My husband tends to use the plastic laundry bags, but this approach is more environmentally friendly. Love it!

    • Janet Schiesl on June 28, 2023 at 11:27 am

      I agree that Michelle has a great idea in the pillowcase and you are right that a zip-top pillow cover would be great as well.

  4. Jonda S Beattie on June 26, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    Loving this conversation! I like to roll my clothes as I feel I can get more to fit in my suitcase. I also stuff my shoes with my undies. My suitcase has a zipped mesh top and I use that to stuff in my dirty clothes as I go along.
    You all have me wanting to take another trip.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 28, 2023 at 11:28 am

      I think we’re all ready for a trip! Rolling and stuffing shoes is a great idea.

  5. Julie Bestry on June 26, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    These are all fabulous tips. I couldn’t pack without my perpetual packing lists (I have one for each type of travel, as I tend to wear the same capsule wardrobe of things at conference vs. when visiting my family vs. when on vacation) and packing cubes. I not enough of a fashionista to have outfits, just black/neutral bottoms and colorful tops that mix and match, so I pack each type of clothing separately, and I’ve never gotten the hang of rolling clothes without creases getting squished into the clothes, so I wish Stephanie would share her tricks!

    My suitcase has a divider, so as the trip goes on, all dirty clothes go on one side, ensuring I won’t accidentally wear something, but by the end of every trip (to degermify), everything (worn or not) gets laundered. (But I do have a mesh back for delicates for that purpose, as well.)

    My favorite tip is changing the sheets before departing to ensure a crisp, refreshed bed on the first night home!

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