I love to travel. I have a travel bucket list with a few places I would love to visit such as, Iceland, Scotland, and Nova Scotia/Prince Edward Island, Paris, South Africa. Just a few. I also enjoy travel in my own country, the United States of America. We have so many beautiful places in the US which are available to us by car. Someday, my family would love to take a train trip across the US. I think it would be such a great experience. Making stops along the way to check out some of the amazing cities in our country. In July, I will be traveling to Dallas and off to see family in Cincinnati. I kind of get tired of figuring out what to pack for a trip. I would love to have a simple list, have a bag of goodies that I’ll need, all ready to go at a moment’s notice. Hubby and I enjoy getting away and relaxing and I thought this would be a great way to pare down my packing and make it simple. Let me know what your favorite tips are.
Packing for any trip can be overwhelming. Sometimes we have it down to a science and sometimes we are flying by the seat of our pants. I decided to create some “rules” for my travelings. Rules for air travel, international travel, and by car/train. I am also creating a master packing list for each. Creating a simple packing list where each item packed can do double duty is huge for me. I’m sharing my car/train list with you. The goal is to have everything in a carry-on along with a decent size tote. The following tips will also help when creating your own master list. This is where I’m starting and hopefully will be built off of the following guidelines. I just love SIMPLE. Check it out!
MY TRAVEL CAPSULE GUIDELINE
- Make a list. Create a packing list. Having a master list that I can use over and over should be very helpful and a time saver. Stop flying by the seat of my pants. It doesn’t take long to make a master list and I can always add to it as needed. I will also need to add items specific to each trip, so I should make sure I allow for those items. Such as a beach trip, I will need beach clothing, sunscreen, etc.
- Follow the 3-day packing rule. Start packing at least 3 days before my trip. For those of you who may have children, so I would suggest 5 days because kids can seem to suck up your time during the day. The sooner you start the better.
- Clothing versatility. When creating my wardrobe for a trip, I would like to make sure each piece can be worn more than once. Such as a great cardigan or a dress which can be worn as a “skirt” too. The goal is to take as little as possible but still have a lot of versatility and several options.
- Toiletry Capsule. Create a bag with all of my favorite toiletries either bottled or purchased in travel size. Keep them ready and available so when I am ready to pack, all I have to do is grab it and go. I would like to put in place systems that make my life easier – this is one of them.
- Beauty Products. Decant into smaller containers or purchase travel sizes of each. Have duplicate makeup or a makeup kit just for travel. This can make gathering my supplies so much easier. I can also include beauty or makeup items that work double duty. Bronzer can also substitute as eyeshadow or even my blush can too. Use argan oil as a hair serum, moisturizer, and facial cleanser. Why not be creative?
- Accessories. Scarves, jackets/cardigans, hats, and jewelry. All of these are items that can be used in many ways. I would also like to have items specific to just travel. For instance, a wallet. This wallet can be thrown into your travel tote but also used as an evening bag if your purchase something that is a neutral and a little more “dressy”. Check out this one. Large square scarves can be worn as a shirt under a great jacket, as a wrap, and as a scarf draped around your neck. I have an amazing large scarf that I could actually wear as a skirt, dress, and wrap. Jewelry – I have a necklace that has many different enhancers which are removable. I can wear the necklace alone, wear all the enhancers, or wear them individually. Many ways to wear it. Take 1 set of bracelets and maybe 2-3 earrings, a statement ring and I’ll be set.
- Shoes. This will vary depending on my destination. Flats are always a must plus a pair of nice heels if I am going out for dinner or a special event. A great pair of loafers or sneakers a great for hiking or if I happen to do a lot of walking. These are great choices.
- Bags. For travel a tote is great. I can have my computer, books, wallet clutch, and anything I need specifically for the day or days of travel. My wallet clutch which has a phone charger built in can be used to walk around the city or shops and also for a special occasion as mentioned above.
- First aid kit. This is a must. There a great travel size kits available for purchase but I can also make a simple one myself.
- Destination Information. Yes, it is nice to have all of our information on our phone or tablet, however, on the occasion when you cannot get service, it would be advisable to keep a printed copy of your reservations, rentals, or any other pertinent info. Also, keep your travel plans and itinerary with this information. Have everything in a nice folder – something like this is great. I always take a copy.
- Reading. Take a favorite book. If you have a Kindle, download your books. You can also download movies with Amazon Prime. Take some time to read and enjoy movies you’ve been wanting to watch. If you are on a flight, you will have a lot of spare time to enjoy some entertainment.
- Your personal information. Make sure you have your insurance cards with you. Find out what your coverage is out of state and what emergency or urgent care facilities are suggested. You would not believe the people who do not carry their insurance cards with them. Really! Have a credit card or bank card. Your license. Also, it is advisable to keep a photo or the information of your cards, license, and insurance card with contact information numbers too. You never know when you may lose your wallet or have it stolen. Another suggestion would be keeping ALL information in an app such as Evernote or even the notes on your phone. Make sure your phone has a passcode or requires touch i.d.
- “CAPSULE” it!! We talked about this. Why not have supplies already in your makeup bag, toiletries bag, and clothing that is just for traveling? Having items all ready to go makes life so much easier and you will not have to pack your more costly items. I would prefer to take the smaller versions of skincare, makeup, etc. so my larger containers do not rupture. Save your MONEY! Have a container stored away with these items that can be retrieved at the last minute. Simplify.
Create a capsule travel packing list and have it on your phone. Use the notes of your phone, Evernote, Google Drive, Wunderlist. There are many apps available. Make a list for each type of trip you take. What you take to the beach is not the same as you would tote around internationally. I would also encourage you to have all of your license and card information in Evernote AND even a picture of your passport. Take a picture of it and stash it in an Evernote Notebook. This way, if you lose your luggage or handbag, you have all the information you need. Even if you lose your phone, you can head to an internet cafe’ to retrieve your list online. Again, simplify!!
As I stated, I love to travel. I can’t wait to travel outside of the United States. I want to experience adventures in Iceland, Paris, South Africa, and my list goes on and on and on. Where are you traveling to this year? What adventures are you looking forward to? Share with us below. Can’t wait to hear all about your great travel experiences. Why not explore the USA? We have so much history here as a young country and there is so much beauty here. Yeah, why not?