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How to Stay Organized While Traveling

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How to Stay Organized While Traveling

Pack, Travel, and Get There Organized

by Lorraine Brock

If your family is getting ready for a summer vacation, it’s time to get organized. Flights are expensive and checked luggage rates are at a premium. To save money we pack less and carry smaller bags on the plane. Most families are great setting a budget, but once at their destination, unexpected expenses arise from lack of organization when planning and packing.

Last summer I traveled with my family on an international vacation. Upon check-in at the airport, I got in a lengthy conversation with the booking agent. Without knowing my profession, he made a comment about how organized I seemed to be. My husband was happy to confirm that, in fact, I organize for a living. The agent was very interested and replied, “You mean you go into people’s homes, like in their closets and garages, and get them organized?”

I did tell him yes, but I was on vacation and I did not want to organize anyone but myself and my family. The agent and I shared ideas over the counter of how to pack and travel organized. Since it worked so well for our trip, I have shared a few tips below from our conversation that will help you get off to a great start on staying organized while traveling on a vacation with your family.

  • Traveling abroad with a pile of passports? Label each passport on the front cover with a label maker so you pick the right passport the first time.
  • Pack laundry detergent powder from your home in a tightly sealed plastic container for hotel laundry without the high price of hotel detergent.
  • If your family is headed to the ocean, pack floats that coil in a circle for easy transport and storage.
  • Feeling a little overwhelmed with unfinished work before you leave? Take it with you and do it while flying or driving in the car. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than doing it when you get to your happy place.
  • Pack swimsuits or swim shoes in a plastic grocery bag before packing. If they are still wet upon returning you will have the bag to put them in.
  • Place water cameras in your swim bag while packing so you have them when you go to the beach.
  • Bring empty reusable water bottles so you can fill them up at the water fountain instead of spending $$ for water in the airport. Never pack anything empty. There are clothing items, jewelry, and some toiletries that can fill a water bottle till you reach your destination.
  • When traveling abroad, carry a few pens in your carryon bag or purse. Customs has a limited amount, and it is a waste of time to wait in line to use someone else’s pen.
  • Staying on the beach at an all-inclusive resort? Consider taking an insulated drink thermos that you can fill up and take to the beach. Keeps your beverage cold and the sand out.
  • Pick a stylish Duct Tape to make your luggage stand out on the baggage carousel. Create a large “X” on the side of your luggage or place a strip of tape around the handle. If you are traveling with multiple pieces for your family, use the same tape on all the pieces.
  • Planning for a family photo for your Christmas cards? Vacation is the perfect time to pack outfits and find just the right location for the shoot. Find a local photographer ahead of time, check at the hotel for recommendations, or bring a tripod and do it yourself.
  • For a quick luggage ID tag, slide your business card into the slot on your luggage.
  • Bring a shopping bag that will fold up very small when not in use. This is useful for shopping on your trip and also to bring back items with you on the plane.
  • Always bring $100-$200 in dollar bills for tipping.
  • Have kids? Give them each their own spending money so they can budget and make purchasing decisions on their own.
  • If you have small children, bring Walkie-Talkies to stay in contact when the family splits up.
  • Carefully pack daily medications for the family along with basic medication for headaches, fever, upset stomach and allergies. Contact the airline to check for rules on labelling meds or bringing medical supplies for special needs children.

Once you leave your single, swimsuit and toothbrush in a backpack days behind, planning and packing for vacation can be stressful. With munchkins in tow and a tight budget staring you in the face, packing and travelling organized keeps frustrations down, saves time and money, and lets the family fully enjoy a summer vacation. Happy packing!

Lorraine Brock is a professional organizer, family coach, speaker, and founder and owner of Get Organized! Get Organized! is a professional organizing company in the Dallas, Texas area. Get Organized! specializes in organizing and de-cluttering homes as well as implementing systems in the home for better family management. A popular media guest, Lorraine has appeared on Dallas’ two top morning television shows: Good Morning Texas and Good Day Fox, and has been featured on various radio outlets. She has been hallmarked in many local, regional, and national print and online magazines, such as the Dallas Morning News, The North Texas Kids Magazine,, and Daily Candy Kids. To get more information about Lorraine, visit  You can connect with Get Organized! on Facebook, follow Get Organized! on Twitter and connect with Lorraine Brock on LinkedIn.


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