Last minute getaway? Here are some pro packing tips for stress free packing.
But packing in advance isn't always possible or practical. If you're a spontaneous traveler, if you have an unpredictable schedule, or if you love the thrill of a deal like a last minute cruise, you might find yourself up until midnight, frantically digging through your laundry pile, driving yourself batty with all the 'what if's'. Stress no more! Here are my best tips to make your cruise packing easy, light, comprehensive, and worry free.
1.)Remember the rule of threes
You might first think that 90% of your suitcase should be filled with clothing but experience has taught me that even fashion forward travelers wear and re-wear just a few favorite things again and again. An easy way to keep your luggage limit in check is to make sure your clothing doesn't take over the entire bag.
A suitcase is never just about the clothing. These days we travel with computers, tablets, e-readers, cameras and lenses, and tons of accessories such as shoes and toiletries. The weight and spread of these items can really add up - don't give them more than one third of your space.
So with such a long list of "others", why bother to keep so much spare space? You have to make sure there's enough room for when you trade in your sneakers for flip flops and switch out your sweater for a tank top. And even if you're not a shopper, you should probably keep room for souvenirs from shore excursions. Small items can really add up and extra space means extra flexibility.
2.)Dress for reality (not fantasy!)
It's fun to get dressed up for a few special occasions while on board but the odds are good that casual wear will rule the day - lounging by the pool. reading on the deck. walking and exploring during shore excursions. And don't forget your fitness gear! It will be swim suits for most but avid walkers and runners should take heart. My good friend Karla is a passionate runner and she says she always gets her best runs in doing laps of the ship, enjoying the warm breezes and snow-free conditions.
3.)Trust in laundry
4.)Raid the lost and found
5.)Kill the "what ifs"
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