May 2018 - Travel Tips

Holy Cow, it’s May already! That means busy summer travel is about to begin.  Whether you are taking a weekend road trip or flying across the country or world, Travel Planning is crucial for working on projects away from home as well as for leisure trips.  Noelle Carroll, Owner of Simply Organized Inc, a Des Moines based Organizing Company and member of Iowa Professional Organizers, shares the following travel tips with us for your May blog viewing enjoyment.  Happy Travels, Friends!

You will need to have the following in place:

1.    A checklist of what the trip will involve (individual or family).

2.    An Itinerary of what is going to happen on each day (knowing you will need to be flexible.) Also checking the temperature of the location attending.

3.    Depending on location, how you pack for the trip will need to be determined. Will you travel by car, train or airplane?

4.    You will want to pack lightly and in layers.  You want to pack a carry-on suitcase as well as a backpack so you can travel easier to your location.

5.    When packing toiletries, you will want to use three ounces or less so that smaller space is used in the suitcase. This is also if you are flying, that is the allowable amount on the plane in a carry-on piece of luggage. There are plenty of stores around to purchase additional items if necessary. Don’t forget any medications that you may need while traveling.

6.    You can use Zip-lock bags to keep things from getting wrinkled or dirty.  Also, the bags keep everything clean if something spills inside of the bag.  The bags also work well for swim suits if they are wet and you are ready to head home. You can also purchase bags from different vendors such as e-bags. Bags also keep clothes separated and clean. Keep shoes in separate bags to keep them from getting scuffed. There are also toiletry bags that hang in your vacation or work hotel location that will make it easier for you to work out of during your stay.

7.    In the backpacks can be small games, cards, word puzzles etc. along with snacks in order to make less stops on the way to your destination.

8.    Once you have landed in your destination, get unpacked and locate all of the important areas such as dining, restrooms, front desk, pool, and anything that is important to your trip.

9.    Now go have fun if it a leisure trip.  If it is a work trip, try to include some fun time and try some new menu items or a new place to site see if you can make it work into the schedule.

10. Once you get home, get everything unpacked and washed up and get ready for the new week after being gone.


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