5 Helpful Hints To Consider Before You Leave For Vacation

5 Helpful Hints To Consider Before You Leave For Vacation

Packing for a trip can be hectic, but sometimes you can avoid issues with these tips.

It's finally the most magical time of the year! I've been waiting for months and finally, in three day, I will officially be on a plane headed to Paris, France.

For anyone who has remotely traveled anywhere, you know how stressful it can be. There are so many questions that need to be answered. How many pairs of shoes do I need? What type of clothing should I bring that will be weather-appropriate? Is my checked luggage going to be over the weight limit? For my other fellow travelers, whether you're studying abroad or traveling for a vacation, here are 5 helpful hints to ensure an easier and less stressful departure.

1. Plan outfits for each day

I know what you're thinking, "how do I know what I'll be doing on day three?" Hear me out, if you have an agenda of activities, excursions, or whatever else is on your bucket list, plan accordingly. If you have a couple of free-days, know that you'll need at least two outfits for leisure. Maybe you're planning on a nice dinner one night, that's one less outfit you'll have to worry about.

2. Make a checklist

When I pack for a trip, one thing I find extremely helpful is making a checklist. This isn't a checklist for everything to pack, but more so focused on your typical daily items used each day. You know, things such as your toothbrush, phone chargers, hairspray, makeup bag, or maybe even your favorite lipstick; Items that can't be packed days in advance which are used every day. This is why a checklist will ensure you don't forget about any of those items and eliminate some stress.

3. Weigh your bag with yourself

This is for everyone traveling on a plane. Check luggage can be a miracle for over-packers such as myself. The negatives? Checked luggage's weight limit. If you're aware of how much your bag is allowed weigh, the easier this will be. To avoid paying extra fees or stuffing luggage in your purse last minute, weigh yourself with your luggage at home. First, step on the scale alone and note your body weight. After that, hold your luggage on the scale with you once more, subtract your weight, and now you know how much your bag weighs! Simple and saves time.

4. Be smart with how you utilize your luggage

This may not apply to everyone, but for an over-packer like myself I've used this hack plenty of times. Luckily, checked luggage isn't the only bag travelers have to work with; there are carry-on bags and personal bags to utilize to maximize the amount of items you take with you. I like to use my carry-on luggage for shoes I want on my trip and extra, last minute miselanious items. This will give your checked luggage more room for clothing, accessories, toiletries, etc. If you want to bring a personal bag on the plane, you can put your chargers, hair brush, face wipes, hoodie, etc. I always found that when I place my shoes in a separate bag it allows more room for other essential items.

5. Be clever and plan for any weather situation

I discovered that packing outfits that can be used for different weather situations is super helpful. For example, my rain jacket is also wind-resistant so chances are I can wear the jacket rain or shine. I also like packing shoes that are comfy to walk in, but also would look nice with a casual outfit. This way you're packing less and combating multiple scenarios at once!

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I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

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12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

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29. Barcelona, Spain

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Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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