Do you love to travel?
Are you looking for a few ways to keep your belongings organized and under control?
In this post, I offer seven quick tips to help you stay organized while traveling.
These tips are good for any type of traveling, be it traveling abroad, domestic travel, business travel, or local day-trips.
Prepare a packing list.
It’s worth taking the time to create a packing list for your personal belongings.
Not only will the list help you pack, but you can use it to repack and check your belongings while traveling.
Note items such as: clothing, shoes, toiletries, medication, electronic devices and chargers, and identification, as well as any specific items necessary for your trip.
If you are traveling for business, you may want to create a separate list of business-related items.
Create an unpacking routine.
Developing an unpacking routine can be extremely helpful when traveling. It’s an easy way to settle into new lodgings and keep close tabs on your personal belongings. You might decide to create a routine where you: place toiletries in the bathroom, put clothes in a dresser or closet, and store personal items in a safe, for example. Simply reverse the process whenever you leave your accommodation.
Carry and use a coin purse.
There’s no sense in unrolling wads of large bills if you’re only going to buy a cup of coffee. Carry a coin purse or wallet and fill it with change and small bills. A coin purse is physically easier to handle, plus, you won’t have to worry about accidentally dropping or misplacing large amounts of cash.
Use a receipt envelope or pouch.
A clear or transparent poly envelope is a convenient way to store personal and business receipts while traveling. Place an envelope into your luggage, and place receipts inside during your travels. Everything will be neatly contained, and you’ll also free up space in your wallet.
Declutter luggage on a regular basis.
Say goodbye to carrying around clutter! At the end of every day, take a moment to clean out your luggage, purse, backpack, and briefcase. Remove and dispose of food and material packaging, as well as paper scraps, flyers, brochures, or magazines.
Invest in travel clothing and pouches.
If you’ve got some cash to spare, you may want to invest in a few pieces of sturdy and well-made travel clothing. These specially designed clothes offer peace of mind, convenience, and safety, all rolled into one. You can literally store passports, cash, and valuables directly on your person in carefully crafted pockets and compartments.
View your route in advance.
Staying organized while traveling doesn’t just apply to your luggage and physical belongings, but to your mental state as well. Before leaving for a trip, consider using a service like Google Maps to get a general idea of your destinations. You can identify the location of airports, train and bus stations, hotels, convention centers, scenic attractions and the like. This isn’t a foolproof method, but having a little familiarity doesn’t hurt.
How about you? How do you stay organized while traveling? What tips do you use or are you going to use of your next trip? Join the conversation and leave a comment below!