10 Smart Packing Tips for Teens Do you remember your last vacation? The one when your mom packed for you, and you didn’t get to wear your favorite shirt? Well, those days are over! It’s time to take responsibility for your bag. The good news: You get to take the clothes and electronics you want! The bad news: It’s easy to get caught up over-packing the fun things and forget important stuff you’ll really need.
Whether you’re packing for a sleepover, a weekend or a two-week vacation, packing requires a bit of skill and a few smart tricks. You also may need to change your thinking from, "I must bring everything I might need," to "I will bring only what I will use." Here are some tips and tricks to help teens pack smart.
Make a packing list and check it twice. Give yourself plenty of time to mull over what you want to take along, and get some input from others who may know what to expect. The list will prevent you from forgetting key items. Just make sure you allow yourself enough time so you minimize last-minute decisions. Include everything you "need" and a wish list just in case there's extra room!
Pack lightly. You're not moving away and any item you might need will probably be available for purchase at your destination.
Pick the right bag. There are lots of options, but pick a bag that is most appropriate for the trip you’re going on and the amount of time you will be traveling. Simple wheeled duffels and suitcases, as well as oversized wheeled backpacks, are functional and economical. A small duffel is great for overnight stays. Also, consider using a bag or suitcase that is easy to identify as yours — either bright colored material, special ribbons or luggage tags or even a fun sticker is sure to make your bag stand out.
Pack your bags tight. Why have wasted space and open up a bag of items that have moved around? Stick socks in your shoes and roll pajamas, T-shirts and sweaters (which saves room AND cuts down on wrinkling!). Plus you just might make room to fit that second favorite shirt.
Think small. No need to bring full size toiletries. Save up sample-sized bottles from previous trips or fill up small, empty travel bottles with your favorite products. Avoid pump dispensers and glass containers. Put all bottles with liquids in a sealable bag to protect your items in case something leaks. If you fly, make sure all your liquids abide by airline regulations.
Use your resources. Save space by using the items available to you at your destination. If you're staying in a hotel, make a call and check to see if they have a hair dryer, basic toiletries and pool towels.
Bring plastic zipper bags. They're great for packing damp bathing suits, extra snacks, smelly socks and treasured souvenirs.
Protect your valuables. Keep all your valuables with you, either in your purse or in your carry-on. Do not put them in your checked luggage and risk them being missing when you pick up your bag.
Be ready to re-charge. Make sure to take everything you need to keep your electronics charged and going strong: camera case and cord, MP3 player cord, and phone charger.
Carry on the essentials. Make sure you can reach things you’ll need during the flight or trip. Consider including a book, MP3 player, hand cream, lip balm, hair bands, gum and your ticket!
Happy travels! Find out how to create the best packing list for your vacation at BeingGirl.com.