Travel Tip: Packing for a Long Vacation

A photo of my packed suitcase for a long journey.

One of the things that we have learned from the baby boomer travelers in our audience is that packing for a long vacation is pure drudgery.

Not only do you need to decide what to pack, but you also need to resolve how to pack, and keep it under 50 lbs.

As you might imagine, traveling as much as we do, we’ve tried umpteen different solutions and remained frustrated until Carol happened upon the Eagle Creek Pack-It packing solution.

The system centers around lightweight cloth and mesh packing cubes and folders that keep our clothing easily organized and a complete breeze to unpack when we reach our destination.

Benefits of the Eagle Creek Pack-It Packing System

  • Packing Cubes – By using separate packing cubes for my undergarments, socks, and even rolled-up polo-type shirts, everything is neatly organized and easily found when needed.  Plus, I can unpack my suitcase in the shake of a monkey’s tail.  I simply toss the cubes in the dresser drawers and I’m done!
  • Packing Folders – I’ll generally have two of these packing folders with me on a long trip.  One for hanging shirts and a sport coat, and one for my slacks and jeans.  There is a nifty plastic folding tool in each folder to help you fold the items of clothing to match the size of the folder.  Best of all, when I arrive at my destination, my shirts are neat, wrinkle free, and again easily unpacked.

While it takes a bit longer upfront to pack everything in these cubes and folders, we’ve found the benefits while on the road to be well worth the time.  Thankfully, gone are the days when I’m frantically digging through a messy suitcase trying to find a clean pair of socks!

Do you have any travel tips for packing for a long vacation?  Please share in the comments section below.

Link: Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

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One Response to “Travel Tip: Packing for a Long Vacation”
  1. These are some really great tips David! Though it’s easier just throwing everything in your suitcase, it’s rather difficult unpacking once you’ve arrived at your destination and even when you’re home after a long trip. Even making a checklist on your phone or on paper and packing it in your suitcase will help take the worry out of “Did I pack everything?” Taking steps like these will make a trip more enjoyable.

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