29 Travel and Packing Tips for Your Summer Vacation

Traveling can oftentimes be stressful and tricky. Here are Domestic CEO's 29 top tips and tricks to make your next vacation a success!

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #113

Summer is here. For many it is time for a much needed V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!

Most of us look at vacation as a restful, relaxing time, but travel can oftentimes end up being stressful and tricky. Here are 29 of my best tips and tricks to make your next travel vacation a success!.

Smart Packing

Packing a suitcase seems like a simple thing to do. Not so. How many times have you packed a suitcase only to find that you could  only get a third of what you need to fit in there?

Here are 14 pointers to make that job a little easier:

  1. Do all your laundry before you start packing. You know you’ll miss that favorite shirt if it’s buried in your hamper rather than clean and ready to be packed.

  2. Only pack one or two dressy outfits. Chances are you will only wear it once or twice so why take up precious suitcase space with clothing you won’t wear often?

  3. Pack extra underwear. This clothing article doesn’t take up much space at all and having a few extras is never a bad idea especially if you’ve had a long, sweaty day of activity.

  4. Pack just 2 pairs of shoes. Shoes take up a lot of space so only take your two most comfortable and versatile pairs. I typically wear a pair that is easy to take on and off, then pack 1 pair of walking shoes, and one pair that can go with my dressy outfiits. 

  5. Stuff socks inside your shoes to save on packing space. Roll up each pair and insert into your shoes. You should be able to get a few pairs in each shoe.

  6. When traveling to warm destinations, always pack a hat that will help shade you from the hot sun’s rays. I recommend a hat with a good brim for added sun protection. Choose a fabric hat that can be rolled or folded for easy packing.

  7. Don’t take brand new clothing that you’ve never worn before. What if it’s uncomfortable? Then you're stuck and you wasted suitcase space bringing it. Also, make sure you break in new shoes before deeming them travel worthy. Knowing your shoes won’t cause horrible blisters is very important. Tired, achy, blistered feet can ruin a vacation in no time.

  8. Be sure to use small containers for your shampoo, conditioner, and any other toiletries. Don’t lug along a regular-sized bottle of shampoo. Even if you’re checking your luggage, you will not use up 4 ounces of shampoo in two weeks so save some space in your suitcase by taking smaller amounts of beauty products.

  9. Consider taking along dry shampoo (or use baby powder to freshen hair), especially if you are traveling internationally. You never know when washing your hair might prove to be a challenge. Dry shampoo will help give you a fresh, clean feeling even if you can’t grab a shower.

  10. If you are checking luggage for a flight, do not pack the following: toothbrush, deodorant, necessary medications and pajamas. If your luggage gets lost, at least you won’t feel completely lost without these essentials.

  11. International travel comes with a particular set of challenges,depending on where you go. You cannot always assume that bathrooms will provide toilet paper so I recommend carrying little packs of tissues. Tuck one in your purse or backpack and keep a few spares in your suitcase to replenish the supply when needed.

  12. Absolutely use a suitcase or duffel with wheels and a handle. Your back will thank you!

  13. Take along a travel-sized first aid kit. You never know when you’ll need pain reliever, a bandage, hydrocortisone, or triple antibiotic. This is especially important if you are traveling abroad and/or with children. 

  14. Be sure to pack all your chargers: phone, tablet, iPod, reading device, and camera. I like to keep them all together in a plastic baggie.