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6 Smart Ideas for Organized Packing

Whether you’re packing for a long summer vacation or a short business trip, we think travel always goes more smoothly when you’re organized. That’s why we’re sharing some of our favorite tips from around the web to help you stay organized on the road.

Itinerary cheatsheet

Fodor’s suggests you make an itinerary and print two copies out for your trip (plus additional copies if you’re traveling with a spouse or friend). A simple double-sided one-pager can do the trick. Keep your cheatsheet in your purse or daypack, and have it at the ready.

Mini first-aid and sewing kits

As The Container Store points out, it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected, but you don’t need to bring along the entire medicine cabinet to remedy the situation (or buy large quantities at the drugstore along your journey). Equip yourself with a small first-aid kit, along with a travel-sized sewing kit. They just might come in handy (and they don’t take up much room).

Leaky items in the bag

Anyone who’s had a shampoo bottle contaminate their whole suitcase knows to separate leaky stuff from your clothes and other items. That’s why suggests you fill zippered plastic bags with your shampoos, lotions, and anything else that might leak or spill.

Charge on the go

Busy travelers like you don’t have time to look for a wall outlet and wait for your smartphone to charge, right? The Atlanta Post‘s tech blogger recommends the Powermat Dual 1850 backup battery, which is about the size of a hockey puck, and when fully charged, can power your iPod or smartphone back up to almost 100% before its own power is drained.

Snack smart and light

You don’t have to rely on unhealthy fast food or overpriced airplane snacks. Carry a small, collapsing insulated bag and include a selection of healthy snacks, says Cynthia Ewer, editor of Organized Home.

Clothes that multitask

How many shoes and outfits can you squeeze into that suitcase? Make every item count with clothes and shoes that won’t need to be ironed, can be mixed and matched, and will stand up to a few days’ wearing without needing to be washed, advises BellaOnline’s Organization Editor Emily Wilska. She also recommends choosing shoes that transition well between the various activities you’ll be doing.

One organizer for your essentials

No matter what you decide to bring on your trip, the Purse Perfector will help keep it all organized and right at your fingertips. In fact, that’s how this handbag organizer came to be. Frequent traveler Lyn Marsteller engineered the Purse Perfector so she could change its configuration to accommodate a backpack, a small bag, a briefcase, or the rolling tote she takes on board planes.

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Have it All at Your Fingertips, Everywhere You Go

When the Purse Perfector is already part of your daily purse routine, you know where your normal crucial companions like your wallet, sunglasses and lipLarge Black with Silver Purse Perfector insert gloss are located.  Without switching anything, you can easily slide your passport into the middle compartment and your hotel key card into the back outside pocket for easy access.  During the travel itself here are 5 tips to simplify travel stress by using your Purse Perfector:

  1. Load your Purse Perfector with your daily essentials and return those items to the same place each time.  It makes finding your items by touch so much faster.
  2. While traveling, “zone” your liquids (lip gloss, hand sanitizer, etc.) in the same area so you can remove quickly and easily to go through airline security areas.
  3. Use the back pocket for your hotel key card.  With your phone in the shorter section, your phone won’t demagnetize your hotel key card and you can slip your key card out effortlessly to get into your room.
  4. Unzip 2 sides of the Purse Perfector and slide it into the front pocket of your rolling travel tote.  Remove the liquids for airline travel and roll onto the plane without juggling a purse too.  Pack an unstructured purse into your rolling tote and you will be ready to “reload” your purse when you reach your destination.
  5. For an active vacation, be sure to add small containers of first aid cream, band-aids, analgesics, or other medications into the shorter section.

Of course we can’t guarantee you’ll remember to pack your toothbrush, but at least you’ll remember your wallet to buy a new one in the airport…