Travel Life Hacks
First Things First . . .
Be thankful that you have found the opportunity to vacation and realize that you shouldn't let the opportunity stress you out, but excite you!
I have noticed that this method has worked effectively for my bunch, because before when we wouldn't use this method we would over pack so much and then there was always room for error. Big errors I was noticing were having too much to lug while traveling, the stress in making sure nothing gets forgotten, and most importantly too much time wasted on simply leaving in between destinations.
Now the biggest thing that I know is the hardest is if you're putting your Lists into your journal like I am, I know you're going to be tempted to want to cross things off like my spouse is . . . The goal is to leave them and not cross them off until when you leave from the trip to come home. That way you have in mind exactly on paper what you brought. IF you're in love with the satisfaction of crossing as you go, I would recommend either typing or taking a picture of your lists and printing them that way you can have the option to cross to and from the trip.
We have now successfully used this method for now going on three vacations and have found it to be fully test proof. As for some things that we are still in the testing for savvier travel methods are
- Toothpaste & Dental Floss; I'm thinking of possibly squeezing some toothpaste into one of the smaller containers and maybe taking pieces of dental floss and breaking pieces and putting them into a container. We're so weird when it comes to dental products, so I feel as though we would have to try these out for a small trip.
- Perfume; My spouse uses "scentbird" (a monthly subscription for perfume's and cologne's that tend to be luxury scents) his cologne in general, so he just brings that month's cologne with him on the trip. I tend to just bring a reusable travel spray bottle and pour my perfume into it. It just stinks that men's cologne doesn't really have that feature.
- A few Makeup Items; For my makeup like mascara and lipstick, honestly I haven't found a way to make these for travel-friendly but honestly I don't use much makeup so if anyone, of course, has their tips comment below!
Something else that I really appreciate about United and that I have come to learn is how you don't need any print out ticket or really any complex lines outside of just regular TSA because with your phone the tickets are right there and it helps speed the process of it being less wasted time at the airport.
Normally when I fly with them I use a carry on suitcase and a decently sized backpack and I'm set. I have been able to get away with that amount of storage weekend trips and week-long trips. The carry on luggage set I use is from the brand Coolife (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079ZQQFS7/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
It was a great price on Amazon, they're sturdy, have locks, and most importantly have amazing storage! I totally recommend them!
The backpack that I use for travel is from a local boutique called Dor L Dor that I'm obsessed with that I will link their online website for people outside of the area
All of their items are super affordable, durable, and above all adorable! It is nice too for the bags that I purchase from them the "leather" is vegan and trying to find a vegan leather that holds up is almost impossible for how much I use my bags!