Picture this – you’re so excited for an upcoming trip, counting down the days before you leave. You’re thinking about cruising through your last few days of work and the small things you need to get done: your nails, your hair, etc. All this excitement, then you remember one thing: “I still need to pack” and your mood immediately changes…
At least that’s how I feel! Anyone else? No? Just me?
Packing for a trip is one of the best and worst “problems” to have. The best because duh, that means you’re going on vacation! The worst because if you’re like me, you always wait until the last minute, overpack and seem to get sidetracked very easily in the process.
Every time I pack (also while folding laundry) I always seem to get distracted. I’ll be on a roll – getting everything I need together and laying it out on my bed, then BOOM! I’m sitting on the floor watching TV or on my phone with my bed looking a mess. It never fails.
When it comes to packing for any trip, my mom always tells me to pack, then unpack and repack again because the first time I probably packed too much (she’s right). I follow what she says (sometimes) and still manage to pack clothes that never get worn. But my thinking is it’s better to be overpacked than under-packed!
I always try and create a list for when I pack just to make sure I don’t forget anything important. Even though I usually pack too many of one thing (like do I really need 4 rompers and 4 dresses for a 6 day trip??? My brain says YES) at least with a list I won’t be missing anything. My list for my upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic looked a little like this:
- Regular Shirts/Tank Tops
- Jean Shorts
- Other types of shorts (athletic shorts, etc.)
- Bathing Suits & Cover-Ups
- Water Shoes
- Regular Sandals & Wedges
- A sweatshirt
- Toiletries (which is a whole list on its own)
- Camera/Speaker/All my Chargers
I need to get better with my packing skills. I always try and do it a few days before, but even the morning I’m leaving, I still find myself throwing things in my bag last minute.
Does anyone have any advice on how I can get packing to be a less tedious task? Leave a comment below and help me get my life together when it comes to packing!