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Family Travel: How to Make Travel Organized and Easy

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Spring vacation is fast approaching, which means it’s time to pull out the suitcases, make reservations and get the whole family out the door. This can either be one of the most chaotic moments in a family’s life or it can be made simple with a little bit of planning and organization.

How to Make Travel Organized and Easy

Here are 12 tips to make travel with your family more organized:

Reservations

  1. Beware of bedbugs! Check the Bedbug Registry before you make any hotel reservations. The Bedbug Registry is a free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the U.S. and Canada.
  2. Don’t be the only one not taking advantage of the “2 for 1  special.” Do your research ahead of time. Often there are coupons and discounts available for popular attractions and venues that can be found through a simple online search.
  3. Don’t get sold out; make dinner, spa, and other reservations before you arrive.

Packing

  1. For airline travel, employ “the rule of fractions.” If there are four people in your family, pack a fourth of each person’s clothing in each piece of luggage. If luggage is lost or stolen, everyone will have enough to wear until it’s found.
  2. Plan your wardrobe around three pairs of shoes (think metallic). If you can pack one pair of shoes for all of your night time outfits, one pair of shoes for your day time wear, and one pair of sneakers, you have simplified and lightened your load.
  3. Consider traveling with pop-up laundry hampers for your whites and colors. Your hotel room will look much neater, and at the end of the vacation, pack the dirty laundry and fold up the hampers.
  4. For longer trips, ship toiletries to your destination one week in advance through an online drugstore such as drugstore.com. If you order enough, you may even qualify for free shipping.  You’d be surprised how much sunblock, diapers, and shampoo can weigh.

Important Things to Remember

  1. Carry prescription medicines, cameras, laptops, and any expensive jewelry on-board with you.
  2. Charge cameras before you leave home, make sure you know how to operate them, and that they are working properly. Bring extra batteries and memory cards if needed.
  3. Remember that all family members, even babies, need passports for travel outside the US.  Make copies of your passports and important documents, and keep them separate from the originals.
  4. Bring a jump rope. You can always find a corner of the airport to let your child get rid of excess energy before boarding the plane. And, you can use it to exercise if you can’t get to a gym.

When You Arrive

  1. Put a piece of hotel stationery in your children’s  pockets. Even older children and older travelers may forget where they’re staying if they get lost, particularly in a foreign country.
How do you stay organized when you travel? 
Featured image courtesy of Flickr.

Barbara Reich is a professional organizer based in New York, NY. Her tough love approach turns organization and clutter from chore to lifestyle. To find more tips from Barbara, please visit www.facebook.com/ResourcefulConsultants or www.resourcefulconsultants.com

 

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Barbara Reich is a professional organizer based in New York, NY. Her tough love approach turns organization and clutter from chore to lifestyle. Barbara’s book, “Secrets of an Organized Mom” hit bookshelves in February 2013.

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