Vacations should be fun, relaxing interludes that give us a break from our normal routine so that we can recharge and feel refreshed. All too often it’s the travel to our vacation destination that is most stressful though. So in Part 1 of this article we discussed ways to have the right kind of luggage for the trip, what to carry on board with you when you fly, how to keep your clothes clean in your luggage, and how to carry medications with you as you travel. Here are even more travel packing tips for great family vacations:
* If you are one of those folks that gets motion sickness easily, be proactive and carry some medication on board with you as you fly or take it with you in the car if you travel by auto. In fact, it may even be best to take it before you leave to be sure that you don’t have a rough time while the trip is underway.
* Always have ID tags on your luggage that can help having them returned to you as soon as possible in the case of their loss by the airline.
* Don’t overpack your bags in order to keep from wrinkling your clothes on the trip. Lots of people try to cram as much as they can into every bag only to find that their clothing looks awful upon arrival at their destination. Buttoning all the buttons on your shirts can help keep them wrinkle-free too. Once you get to your destination unpack as soon as you can to avoid wrinkles as much as possible.
* Try to arrange your lodging arrangements so that you have access to laundry facilities. That way you don’t have to carry as many clothes with you, especially for a long vacation. This will dramatically cut down on the amount of luggage needed for the trip and help you manage them much easier too.
* Make sure that you bring enough luggage to handle any new items that you may buy while on the trip. All too often folks only bring enough luggage to get them where they want to go and then have trouble coming up with a way to handle the extra souvenirs and mementos that they buy while on the trip. Just planning ahead can solve this problem.
* Packing clothes that have similar color schemes can help you mix and match for each day’s affairs. This can help save luggage space that could be taken up by having unique ensembles for every occasion. Most people find that they pack more clothes than they need for the trip anyway.
If you give some advance thought to packing your luggage, it can go a long way toward making your trip easier and more trouble-free, and hopefully you can make good use of our travel packing tips for great family vacations.