Today, I thought I would share with you a few things about packing for a trip. As you know, we are leaving for an Alaskan cruise in a few days, and I am still in the process of getting ready.
After a few long trips, I finally figured out that I have a lot more fun if I organize everything before I go, and make it easy to find things to wear and to find things in my suitcase. In my last post, I told you about figuring out what to wear when. Today, I am talking about my actual suitcase.
To be honest, I am a “rumbler.” No matter how carefully I pack, I can never find what I want in my suitcase without rumbling through it. Whatever organization system I have breaks down pretty quickly, and I get really frustrated trying to find my stuff. A couple of years ago, I found something that totally revolutionized my packing……packing cubes! I now pack different items or categories in the appropriate size cube (I even label them) and can find anything in a jiffy. And it is so easy to unpack my suitcase and put things in drawers. Most people would not have to label them, especially if they are different colors, but I need the extra visual reminders.
The ones I use are from eBags, and I love them. I have several sets in different colors, because I do share some with my husband, but he only uses one or two.
These are also available from IKEA:
If you want to be thrifty, you can use Zip Loc bags in different sizes.
I admit that I am probably a bit overly zealous about this, but I have learned that the less I have to think about on vacation, the more fun I have, and the more it seems like a vacation.
I will spare you from the banality of seeing my actual packed suitcase, but here are a couple of the packing cubes, ready go to.
In my next post, I will show you some of the outfits I am taking.
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