How to successfully pack for a vacation


Chloe Houwman

Here is a list of the five non-negotiables for any vacation.

Chloe Houwman, Entertainment Editor

       Growing up, there was nothing more burdensome than the deed of packing a suitcase for vacation. I would never have the correct clothes, I would always be missing toiletries and do not even get me started on forgetting to pack an additional pair of shoes. BTW, snow boots are not suitable for Florida’s humid subtropical climate (to be fair I was just leaving a snowstorm; gotta love South Dakota.)

       So, to alleviate the stress that comes with packing, I have compiled a list of the five most important factors that one must take into consideration prior to their vacation and the items that are non-negotiable. 


1. Check the weather prior to making any packing decisions.

       Just because the weather is usually 80 degrees, does not mean that you will be blessed with it. Do not predict what the weather forecast is going to be; check it. The day before you are supposed to take off, check an app like AccuWeather or The Weather Channel. Pack accordingly based on the meteorologist’s predictions, but do not overload. 

2. Make a list of the clothing, toiletry and miscellaneous items you will need.

       Now that you are aware of the weather conditions, pack items that most fit those predictions. I know it can be unsettling that your crop top and booty shorts might be the most rational possibility, but the trip will be much more enjoyable if you are comfortable and dressed for the weather.

3. Create as much space as possible.

       Since we customarily overpack, I recommend steering clear of folding your clothes. Instead, it is helpful to roll your clothes because it enables you to pack more. Many people think that this will cause their clothes to stretch out and wrinkle, but this article teaches you how to avoid exactly that. This is also a helpful tip when you are coming home from a trip, because it is always fun to come home with something you absolutely did not need. 

4. Pack an entertainment bag for travel periods.

       Time in the car, airport or on the plane can get very long and dull. Having a bag that contains a book, headphones, sunglasses (those rays can kill you), a tablet or a phone with your favorite shows downloaded and a snack can be enjoyable.

5. Don’t forget the essentials!

       Here is a list of the non-negotiables that are necessary on any trip:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Phone charger
  • Portable charger
  • Chapstick
  • Hand lotion
  • Water Bottle
  • Hair ties (if necessary)
  • Hand sanitizer