Getting Ready for Vacation? 5 Day Packing List to Start Your Holiday Organized


Getting ready for vacation? Simplify your packing by creating your own Pack List you use and update each time. Then follow these steps to get ready:

#1: Count the number of vacation days and start to plan that number of outfits in your notebook mixing and matching as you go.

#2: Ask what everyone is looking forward to – and realize how rejuvenating time away can be.

#3: Use the same shoe colors to get more outfits with less items.

#4: Create a “5 Day Countdown Pack List” to be ready to go: (If you are only going to be gone 1-3 days, condense it into 3 days.)

Start Counting Down the Days to Get Organized:

5 days before: Cover mail pickup, pet arrangements and lawn care.

4 days before: Clear your desk and wrap up all paper and emails. Put airline tickets/ directions in a special folder to take along and find easily on your trip.

3 days before: Finish the laundry and pack the essentials today.

2 days before: Empty the fridge and get trip snacks ready.

1 day before: Close down email, pack your suitcase, and get a good night’s sleep.

Bonus Steps: Treat yourself to a pedicure and a new magazine the week before so you can wiggle your toes in the sand and relax. Be sure to leave anything behind that stresses you. Pack up and head out the door for a great time.

Now you’re ready. And I’m confident you will have a fresh perspective when you come back. NOTE: Keep a Travel Notebook (small ring binder or a list on your iPhone or iPad). Add things to remember every trip until it was fine tuned and you can count on your customized Pack List. Keep this little notebook with your suitcase or travel bag to make sure you get the essentials with you.

Otherwise make do with what you bring and shop for new things on your vacation. Enjoy! Do you have a Pack List? What have you learned to save you time packing?

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About Author

Marcia Ramsland, “The Organizing Pro,” is a national speaker, author and media guest expert who appears on radio and TV, and her tips appear in Better Homes and Garden, Woman’s Day, and Real Simple magazines. Her popular “Simplify for Success” book series of books Simplify Your Life, Simplify Your Time, Simplify Your Space and Simplify Your Holidays have sold over 100,000 copies. Her DVD study, “Simplify Your Life: 7-Weeks to a New Organized You!” is taught across the U.S. and Canada. Visit


  1. I always keep a zippered travel bag under the bathroom sink in it are all travel sized items: Fresh Toothbrushes / paste, Hair shampoo/conditioner, laundry packets x 2, Moisturizer, travel razor, SPF for face! 

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