No matter the length of the trip, one thing remains the same- you’ll want to stay organized in order to have the best time.
Here are some of the tools I’ve used to keep our outings organized in the past and are really my go-to strategies for travels both long and short:
Plan. No seriously. Plan.
Get the details of your trip all planned out days or weeks in advance.
Don’t just wing it.
You won’t have as much fun and you could hit some snags that would’ve otherwise been avoided if you’d just planned everything out.
I have a fabulous Vacation organizing kit designed to help you keep track of all the little details that make trips so fabulous.
Having everything written down will ensure you always have access to the info in case you get stuck somewhere without an internet connection.
I know that’s so 1995, but it has happened to me a few times not so long ago!
Figure out the details… like pit stops
How many times have you wondered what’s a good stopping point on the trip to break up the long ride?
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There’s a variety of venue types to choose from. I’ve even used it for meeting up with people locally for biz chats.
It makes it super simple to figure out a pit stop location!
Keep your purse organized
So keeping your purse organized, isn’t just a thing for traveling, but if it’s something you’ve put off, maybe before your next trip, it’s something to do!
I really like to use the type of purse organizer like these. I have one in green. This particular organizer has tons of pockets and can expand if needed. The snaps on the sides makes sure it keeps a slim profile when not expanded. Awesome feature.
One thing that is always in every purse and tote I carry: EO Lavender Hand Sanitizer. It smells heavenly and is so handy for keeping hands clean on the go.
Keep the hungry kid monsters at bay by packing snacks
Keeping travelers well fed and hydrated makes the trip oh so much more enjoyable and keeps the masters from appearing! I like to eliminate stops whenever possible, so I pack drinks and snacks.
I love this car cooler and organizer! The kids would be able to help themselves and I love the zippered and open pockets on either side.
Juice boxes will re-wet the whistles of adult travelers as well and I tend to keep the juice boxes stored in the box they came in. The boxes are compact, keep the juice boxes all together and are easy to pack around.
I also like to buy a few new snacks in addition to the tried and true yummies to add a little variety and surprise, much to the delight of my kiddos.
Even when we went to Disney this past December, I brought snacks into the park.
All of the walking (I hit 38k one day-no joke!) wears everyone out and having the snacks on hand helped to keep everyone happier.
Don’t bring more than you need.
As a mom on a trip, I get a little stressed about being able to find things when I need them.
Traveling means you’re going to be off schedule, and I am a woman who likes schedules!
To make life easier on this front, I pack what we need and not much more.
This means I’m planning out the day (on paper to get a full view of what the day will look like) and making note of exactly what I need to pack.
Nothing wastes time faster than digging through a bunch of stuff I don’t need because I brought more than was necessary.
Your new secret weapon
Have you ever used packing cubes? They help keep suitcases extremely organized and allow you to fit so much more than you’d be able to without them.
So there you have it! A few quick tips to stay organized while on vacation or a trip!
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