Summer travel starts to feel like a no brainer when you do it all of the time. But what if you don’t do it very often? Or what if you do it so much that you just forget some of the basics when it comes to summer packing? It happens to the best of us, no matter how much we travel. So, let’s go through a few summer packing tips. Nothing fancy. No long winded, complicated techniques. We are bringing it back to a simple K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid– although stupid is a mean word, so please don’t tell my kids that I used it or I will get in big, BIG trouble!)
- Bags. You can’t go anywhere unless you have something to carry your stuff. I prefer a carry-on spinner bag and a tote or backpack for short getaways. It just makes life less complicated.
- Entertainment. Whether you pack your phone, a Kindle, color books (have you seen the fab ones they have for adults now?!) or a good old-fashion paperback, you always need something to entertain you on the road. Not sure what book to read? We have a summer travel reading list for that.
- Tech. You need your earbuds, but don’t forget your charger too!
- Snacks. Never leave home without a little fuel. And chocolate! Nuts, dried fruit and a chocolate bar are my go-to goodies.
- Hydration. Always, ALWAYS pack a water bottle. Not only does this cut down on waste, but it reminds you to drink water no matter where you go.
That’s it. Quick and simple. OK, so you need your clothes too, but I can’t tell you how much you need to pack because I don’t know where you are going.
How did I come up with these simple items? Well, travel is something I’ve been doing for years, but Tuesday Morning asked me to really dive into my packing process. They asked me to shop at their store for what I usually brought on a trip, which was an odd experience. I mean, I thought I already had what I needed for trips. Apparently, I’ve been really missing out!
I found so many fun items that I could take on a fabulous weekend getaway with friends or the kids. Many I didn’t even know existed and have now become part of my regular travel bag.
The older I get the easier packing becomes, although let’s be honest, I still pack WAY too many shoes. I still haven’t found a cure for that habit. No matter where you are going, or how long, just remember to stick to the basics. Have fun with what you bring. Grab a great bag that shows off who you are, but don’t go overboard. The kitchen sink can stay at home. After all, you need room in that bag for all the goodies you will find and want to take home.
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This post is in partnership with Tuesday Morning. Although I was compensated for my participation, as always, all opinions are my own. When they aren’t, you will be the first to know.