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Spring break is fast approaching, and many families are excited about their upcoming travels. However, one of the worst parts about traveling is the agonizing task of organizing the family’s travel gear ahead of the big trip. 

Today, I’m going to share with you some of my top tips for packing and organizing travel gear so that when it’s time for vacation, getting ready will be much less stressful. By organizing everything in advance, you’ll know exactly where everything is for when you are ready to go, reducing the frustration associated with vacation prep work.

Organize Gear by Activity

If you are organizing travel gear for the whole family, it’s easiest to arrange everything by activity or type of trip it is used for. As an example, if you ski each year, you’ll want to keep everything associated with this type of trip in one place. Same with swimming and summer vacation gear. All of your bathing suits, beachwear, sunglasses, sun screen, and beach toys can be stored in one place. This means that when it’s time to pack, you’ll know exactly where everything is. 

Depending on the amount of equipment and clothing you have, you may need to separate this into separate bags for each item or person in your family. Organization is all about finding a system that works best for your needs, so keep that in mind at all times when sorting out your gear. 

Our Favorite Storage Solutions

Here at Pretty Neat, we love using see-through containers. This is the easiest option for storing travel gear as you can see exactly what’s inside each bin. These containers usually last for years, and you can always find them in a wide variety of sizes. They’ll be easy to move around and can be stacked within your closet, garage, or attic. If you are driving to your next vacation, you can even take these containers with you and pack them straight into the car as they are. 

Another great option is using mesh drawers, which can help to organize any area of your home. A mesh drawer still allows you to see everything inside and makes it easily accessible if you are packing in a rush. One of my top tips for packing and organizing travel gear is to consider a standalone storage table. These are often much less expensive than a built-in unit, and you can move them between rooms as your needs change.

Where to Store Travel Gear

After picking the best storage solution for your needs, the next step is to select the room to store all your travel gear in. As you may only need the majority of these items a few times a year, you don’t want them to be in the way. If that’s the case for your family, consider placing them in your garage or attic or on the top shelf of your closet. Don’t let your travel gear take up space that should be reserved for everyday items and clothing.

If your travel gear is associated with a certain room in your home or is for outdoor use only, store it somewhere that is convenient to access when needed. It’s also handy to find an area where there’s enough space to pack for your vacation, so you don’t have to keep moving boxes around your home to pack suitcases.

What to Store Together

One common area of concern is whether to store your travel clothing in your regular wardrobe or whether it should be kept elsewhere with your travel gear. When it comes to clothing, We recommend to separate the items by how often you wear them. If you just use certain clothing items when you are going on vacation, they’ll go with the travel gear. This helps avoid cluttering up your closet, and You will know exactly where to find them when it’s time to pack. 

However, if you also wear your vacation clothing during the winter or summer at home, consider adding this to your regular wardrobe, so you still get good use out of these items.

Reduce How Much You Pack for Vacation

When it comes to vacation packing, one of my top tips is to reduce the number of belongings you bring with you on your trip. How many times have you been on a trip before and not used half of the things in your suitcase? 

Try to make packing for vacation less stressful by buying items that serve multiple purposes. Shoes and bags are a great example of this. Multipurpose items will also save precious space in your suitcase if you are flying to your next vacation destination. 

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Packing and Organizing Travel Gear

When organizing your travel gear or packing for a vacation, there are a few key things to avoid. First, I always recommend having a specific place in your home for your travel gear. Without this, you’ll find that everything is disorganized from the start, which makes packing for your trip even more time-consuming. 

Ensure you have a system in place with your family so that everything is returned to its home after each use. 

Finally, go through your gear regularly, especially if you have growing kids. There’s no point in keeping items of clothing that no longer fit or don’t work. You’ll then know what you need to replace ahead of your next adventure. 

As with any type of organizational project, it’s important to remember that every family has different needs and requirements. Our homes are all different, so you shouldn’t expect what works for one person, to work for you. Customize these key tips to fit your Individual needs and function.

If you are struggling to organize your travel gear, follow these top tips for packing or consider using a professional service to assist with your needs. Here at Pretty Neat, we’d love to help you with organizing your travel gear, so don’t hesitate to contact us today for assistance.