I, like most women, love vacations, but hate to pack.  It seems I always wait until the very last minute to get things done.  I have learned a few things along the way to make this chore a little less stressful.  Here are a few tips for making your next trip a little bit easier.

Checklist For Vacation - Your Guide to Stress Free Travel_SmartFem_Lea HabenLike so many women, I can have trouble deciding what I am going to wear for a single day.  So knowing that I have to plan for ten days at once can put me in a tailspin.

Men seem to have it easy when it comes to packing.  They end up with the standard 2 pairs of jeans, 3 shirts, underwear, sports jacket, swimsuit and a shaving kit.  While it can take a woman hours to pack, a man can have it done in just a few minutes.  The funny thing is, no matter where they’re going and for how long, they pack the same thing and it seems to work every time.  How is that possible?

Checklist For Vacation - Your Guide to Stress Free TravelVacation check List – By following this list you can simply check things off

Personal Items (make-up, sundries, hair products, prescriptions)

I keep a few of these pre-packed.  A large make-up kit for driving trips and zip lock bags for when I have to fly.  I simply restock them when I return.  Having the personal items pre-packed eliminates some of the stress and then I don’t have to worry about forgetting something.


Pack according to the season.  Packing Mix and Match tops and bottoms will give you more flexibility and options after you arrive at your destination.

Checklist For Vacation - Your Guide to Stress Free TravelShoes

Pack shoes that go with most of your outfits and that are versatile.  Pack a good pair of walking shoes as well.  Put all of your shoes in plastic bag so they don’t soil your clothing.

Accessories (jewelry, purses, belts, hats etc…)

Go with basic “Mix and match” and try to take only costume jewelry.  Don’t take your heirloom jewelry as it can become lost or stolen.  I know this from personal experience.

Travel folder

Keep a folder in your carry on with copies of your reservations, passports, charge card phone number (In case of theft), and a list of addresses for postcards.

Technology (phone, camera, iPod/MP3 player, GPS, etc)

Charge all your electronics before you leave and pack all the coordinating batteries, chargers, cables and power cords.  If you are flying, don’t pack electronics or batteries in checked luggage and spare or loose batteries should be individually wrapped for safety.  Pre-purchase and pack your foreign power converter as well if you will need one.

Carry-on bag

Unfortunately suitcases do get lost so pack your carry on with basic items such as a change of clothes, medication, your travel folder, snacks such as nuts, glasses if you wear them, and sun glasses.
Wearers should remember to toss in a lens container, solution and a pair of eyeglasses.

Tips for stress free packing

  • Checklist For Vacation - Your Guide to Stress Free TravelCreate vacation checklist.
  • Check weather reports for clothing requirements.
  • Pick up any needed sundries for your toiletry bag
  • Make travel folder.
  • Launder clothes needing to be packed
  • Pack…  You’re done…

Enjoy a stress free vacation

With just a little bit of prep work you can see than packing doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore that you have to psych yourself up for.  This little system will alleviate some of the stress and help you to enjoy your much needed vacation.

Checklist For Vacation - Your Guide to Stress Free Travel

Packing will always be a stressful event for most women but incorporating these tips
will eliminate some of the anxiety.  One thing to remember is that even if you should forget something
minor you can always pick it up at your destination.  Have your checklist for vacation sitting on top of your luggage and be sure to check each item off as you accomplish it so you can see that you are prepped and ready to go.  Finally, enjoy your
stress free travel.