Prepping for a Stress Free Vacation

Prepping for a Stress Free Vacation, pro organizer tips packing for vacation

It’s summer vacation season! Do you find yourself scrambling to get everything and everyone together right before it’s time to leave? Not only does this cause stress and chaos, but you might even leave priority items behind or forget to do something important that needs to be done prior to leaving. We are sharing tips to help you prep for an organized vacation like a pro. The only thing you will leave behind is the stress!

Step One ~ Planning

Step one to an organized vacation is planning. A good checklist can make all the difference in a smooth preparation process. Take time to think about what needs to be done before you depart for your downtime. Write all of these things down with a plan of execution. 

Your checklist may include:

  1. Scheduling pet care arrangements
  2. Arranging for mail and delivery holds or pickup
  3. Notifying your bank so transactions aren’t declined
  4. Researching your destination and the weather
  5. Organizing travel documents

Step Two ~ Packing

To travel, we must pack. It can be a daunting task. Again, a good checklist can ensure you include all of your needed items. Pack light, pack intentional, and pack for the weather. Use these tips to organize your bags and maximize your space.

  • Plan your outfits, no over packing
  • Use packing cubes to stay organized
  • Roll your clothes to save space
  • Decant toiletries to travel sized containers
  • Leave space for shopping and souvenirs
Prepping for a Stress Free Vacation, pro organizer tips packing for vacation


If traveling by air, connect an AirTag or location device to your baggage to know its location and reduce the risk of time-consuming lost baggage!

Step Three ~ Day-Before Preparations

Set aside time the day before you are scheduled to leave to handle the last minute preparations. This will help you stay ahead of any last minute changes. There is a calm & clarity that comes from double checking. Despite our best efforts, we may have forgotten something. This is a great time to look back over those checklists.

  • Confirm all reservations
  • Pack an overnight/carry on bag with essentials
  • Clean the dishes and take out the trash 
  • Check the weather for any last minute changes
  • Rest up for your time away

Pro-tip: Keep important documents such as passports, flight tickets, and hotel reservations close by to ensure easy accessibility when traveling.

Creating a plan for your vacation prep can make all the difference in having a smooth, efficient experience. Knowing everything is taken care of at home while you are away will give you peace of mind to fully immerse yourself in the exciting and relaxing vacation experience. P.S. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Prepping for a Stress Free Vacation, pro organizer tips packing for vacation

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