HOME TIP 54: Download a Packing Checklist for Your Next Vacation or Camping Trip

It is important to be prepared when going on vacation or camping. Real Simple™ offers a packing checklist that you can easily download and then personalize to your family’s specific needs at www.realsimple.com/packingchecklists. You can print, email or copy and paste this thorough 5-page list so that you have it as a reference every time you go away. This list will include most of what you will need to bring for adventures in sand, snow or safari! Real Simple™ is a fantastic resource for all kinds of organizing tips and solutions.

A packing checklist will save you time because you will be well prepared. A packing checklist also saves you money so that you don’t have to buy replacement items you forgot at home. A great place to keep this packing list is in a Travel file. If you don’t have a file for Travel, make one right now.

In your Travel file, keep information on your favorite places to go or that you want to explore in the future. You can have different sections in your Travel file for Local, United States, and International destinations. Be sure to keep your packing checklist right in front so it’s easy to find every time you need it. You can also make multiple copies and add different items depending on if you are going camping or on a cruise.

Each member of your family can have a checklist depending on their individual needs. This teaches your children responsibility for their own belongings and prepares them for when they might travel on their own, whether to their grandparent’s house or to camp. Lists are an important and easy way to save time and make your life easier!

“The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.”

Bathrooms get a lot of daily traffic. Isn’t it amazing how often we use the bathroom and how rarely we pay attention to what is actually stored in there? Most families use the same 10-20 items and everything else is just stored here, there and everywhere. Have only what you need to use in the bathroom and get rid of the half empty products that are no longer used.

If your bathroom lacks storage, consider adding shelves on the walls, cabinets above or below the sink, or more drawers in the vanity. Target™ and Organize.com offer easy, inexpensive storage solutions. Get what you need to better organize the smallest room in your home.

Bathrooms must be functional, and it’s really great when they are clean, organized and well decorated, too. One of the most common times a person looks under the sink is for an extra roll of toilet paper. What do your guests see when they look in your bathroom cabinets?

Once you have organized your bathroom, it’s easy to maintain and keep clean. Are you ready? Get set. Go!

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