Step 1: Create a packing list that includes the following: clothing, shoes, toiletries, accessories, guidebooks, reading material, electronics, medicines, and hotel/rental car information.
Step 2: Plan your outfits ahead of time. The weather and types of activities you will be doing on your trip will determine what you pack. The key is to bring items that you can mix-and-match to create multiple outfits.
Tip: Choose a color scheme. For example: Black, grey and stripes.
Step 3: Pack clothing using the “roll” technique. Lay two or three items on top of one another, smooth to flatten, and roll them up which maximizes space and prevents wrinkles.
Step 4: Purchase travel size toiletries. There is no reason to fill your suitcase with large bottles of shampoo and toothpaste.
Step 5: Prepare your carry on bag. Keep all essential items such as medicine, passport, and hotel information in your carry on bag. I also recommend packing an outfit and some toiletries just in case your luggage gets lost.
Sample List: What to pack for Spring/Summer Trip
Classic button down shirt (try a wrinkle free one)
Light weight sweater
Long sleeved tee
Short sleeved tee
Lightweight rain jacket
Pants –(solid color)
Sneakers/comfortable walking shoes
Backpack (daily bag)
Simple jewelry that can be worn throughout the trip