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Organizing for Travel

Updated: Feb 22, 2022

Tips to travel with less hassle and more comfort.

I usually LOVE to travel near and far, but I'm a bit rusty with packing and planning after being cooped up for the last two years...

I do remember - not waiting until the last day to gather supplies is SO much less stressful!

I don't know about you, but I feel a stab of anxiety every time I'm on a trip and remember something I forgot to pack, so here are some tips for happier travels..

Here's what I recommend for organizing for travel

(NOT for the day before traveling - do this ahead of time)

  1. Gather EVERYTHING having to do with travel. Pretend like you're leaving for a trip this weekend (see the list below to jog your memory).

  2. Think about what's missing, what you'd like to replace and what you can easily purchase to make packing easier (travel sized toothpaste, etc.)

  3. Find storage places to keep travel supplies together (see ideas below)

  4. Put travel supplies back in those places every time you travel

  5. Keep these storage places open and accessible

  6. Download & print this airport / plane travel bag checklist (link below the image)

TidyWild Overseas Travel - Flight Bag List-2
Download PDF • 689KB

Ideas for travel supply storage:

  • Keep all suitcases and most travel supplies together (including neck pillows, money belts and other travel specific items)

  • Keep a self care travel bag packed (see the checklist above)

  • Store where they're easy to reach but out of the way

  • Have dedicated space for these items where nothing else goes

I have a space in my bathroom dedicated to self care travel supplies. Over time I've collected travel-sized items, a couple different sized bags to carry them in and a few ziplock bags for liquids.

Ideas for always-packed self care kit:

In a self care bag I keep just for travel...

  • toothbrush

  • toothpaste

  • earplugs (in the small round white thing)

  • eye cover

  • hair ties

  • scrunchy

  • packable hairbrush (the blue Conair thing - it folds)

  • comb

  • bobby pins

  • hair clips

  • nail clippers

  • nail file

  • tampons

  • pads

  • shaver (I wax before I go)

  • cotton pads for toner

  • mouth guard container (as I'm packing I put it on top so I remember to grab the mouth guard)

  • tweezers

  • ibuprofen

  • sleeping pills (I use hydroxyzine, a prescription antihistamine so it doubles as first aid)

  • I add earrings and necklaces to a ziplock the day I leave

In a large ziplock bag for travel-sized liquids:

  • shampoo

  • conditioner

  • dry shampoo

  • hairspray

  • Dr. Bronner's soap

  • Thayer's witch hazel toner (I use as a face cleanser as well)

  • eyedrops

  • I add whatever face and body lotion I'm using at the time to the liquids bag on the day of the trip

Here's how I store my self care travel supplies...

What do you do to prepare for traveling?

Some people travel in RVs and there's SO MUCH to pack for that and car camping, but what are your basics?

Are they all together and easy to grab?

Is there anything you can do to make life easier for your Future Self?

Happy Travels!



PS: remember to download the travel checklist!

TidyWild Overseas Travel - Flight Bag List-2
Download PDF • 689KB

And if you're frustrated and/or overwhelmed by clutter, PLEASE reach out to me! I'm a professional organizer and I love to help find joy and calm beneath clutter!

Set up a free discovery call with me here and join the wonderful TidyWild Organizing Club - there's no need to suffer clutter stress any longer!

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