You have probably heard of all the nightmare travel stories about forgetting the phone charger and the hairbrush, or not knowing how to fit all the suitcases and other vacation stuff into the car.
Staying organised will keep your trip from turning into utter chaos. It can be a Herculean task, however, especially if you are the kind of person who only dumps all your things in a backpack.
Fortunately, with a bit of preparation and some clever on-the-go organisation, you can prevent having those “Oh gosh, I’m such an idiot” travel moments.
Start Organising Before You Leave
Staying organised while you enjoy the vacation actually starts with preparing properly while you’re still at home. Try not to over pack. On the other hand, never try to go without necessities, as this will only leave you stressed and scrambling later when buying toothpaste, soap, and a shampoo in an unfamiliar place.
Organise the Car
When you are travelling with your own car, try as hard as you can to keep things organised. If you are renting a car, you don’t want to search through it to collect your disorganised belongings—all while dealing with the rental company and worrying about your itinerary.
Put everything you need at hand, and everything else inside the trunk, on top of the car, or better yet, inside a reliable Classic Hire luggage trailer, for example.
Bring Extra Bags or a Trailer for Souvenirs
When you travel, it is easy to accumulate things, such as brochures, sweatshirts, and other knick-knacks. Bring a small travel journal for ticket stubs and other documents. Small plastic bags are also great for holding pamphlets.
Larger items, on the other hand, should be in your suitcase. If you are planning to shop a lot or you think you are going to have a big haul, bring a luggage trailer with you. It’s worth all the trouble, especially if you want to take a lot of souvenirs from the trip.
Above all, each trip and destination will have its own organisational challenges. Work them out ahead of time. If you are driving on toll roads, prepare coins. If you are visiting museums that do not allow big bags, make sure your wallet and camera are portable. Simply put, imagine yourself doing the activities ahead of time, and organise accordingly.