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Quick & Simple Travel Packing Tips

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
June 2nd, 2015

Baggage ClaimTo simplify packing, first and foremost, don’t wait until the last minute to pack. A travel packing checklist is key and will make packing less overwhelming. Once the list is created, save it on your computer and also take a copy with you on your trip. During your trip, jot down any items you wished you had brought along. Update the list when you return and next time packing will be even more streamlined.

In travel preparation, review and edit your packing list at least 2 to 3 weeks before your trip. This will allow ample time to make needed purchases. If traveling out of the country, review the list 2 to 3 months prior.

No matter if flying or driving, packing a carryon with the certain items can make a substantial difference in your trip. If flying, pack your carryon with items that would be difficult or expensive to replace while away (contact lenses, bathing suit, etc.) as well as items you would need to comfortably get by if your luggage was lost such as a change of clothes, underwear, toothbrush, etc. If using our packing checklist, these essential items are indicated with an asterisk after them.

When driving to your destination, pack your “carryon” with essentials so you can enjoy your vacation the minute you arrive without the need to unpack your entire suitcase. In your “carryon” toss in your bathing suit, sunscreen, flip-flops, etc. You’ll be able jump into the pool or lake before the sun sets.

Quick and simple travel packing tips:

  • Stuff shoes with sunglasses, electronics, and other items you don’t want to break.
  • To prevent shoes from soiling other items, place shoes in Ziploc® gallon size bags (or plastic grocery bags), especially for the return trip.
  • Put items such as hair brushes that can snag or scratch things in a cosmetic or Ziploc bag. Place large hairclips around the handles of brushes to prevent the clips from breaking.
  • Pack extra Ziploc bags, a small and large one. They work great in a pinch for leftovers or packing wet items on departure day.
  • Pack a small pair of scissors, Scotch® tape, rubber band, binder clip, and sewing kit. All will help when the need to close something arises or the expected occurs.
  • Store jewelry in a nylon jewelry case or folding (hanging) jewelry organizer with zipper pockets. Place it in your carryon for security measures. Also, jewelry tends to be heavy adding weight to your suitcase that may put you over the 50 lb weight limit.
  • In your carryon include two Ziploc bags of essential toiletries (items you’ll need if your luggage gets lost). One Ziploc bag should be for liquids such as contact lense solution, cosmetics, etc. and the other Ziploc Bag for non-liquids such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. With a Sharpie or P-touch® laminated label tape, label the front of the bag. Then list the contents of the bag on P-touch label tape adhered to the back or on an index card inside. This way you’ll know what to pack each time on your trip out and back.
  • Travel size containers can help with the packing of toiletries. Bed, Bath, and Beyond carries a nice selection of travel size items and containers. Label these bottles for reuse, i.e. shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc. Use P-touch laminated label tape so you won’t need to re-label due to wear and tear or drips.
  • Small sizes of items such as Vaseline and Advil take up little space and are refillable.
  • Weigh your luggage at home. Don’t wait until you get to the airport. Typically the weight limit is 50 lbs.
  • Before leaving for the airport tie a colored/patterned ribbon to your luggage handle or place a large unique sticker on the side(s) of your suitcase. This way as the luggage carouselgoes around you’ll be able to easily identify your luggage.
  • Keep items like Advil or allergy tablets in your carryon or purse, not your suitcase.

Happy traveling!




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Free Packing Checklist – Business or Vacation Travel

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
June 2nd, 2011

Do you wish you had a magical Disney wand to wave and have your luggage packed with everything you need? While I can’t provide you that magical wand, I can help you to be more efficient at packing and take some stress out of the process.

Whether you are packing for a business trip or family vacation, remembering what you need to pack can be daunting.  If you forget to pack an essential item, a great summer vacation or superb business trip may turn into a trip with obstacles.

Whether you pack well in advance or are always up late the night before a trip packing, the key to packing quickly and efficiently is having a packing checklist to refer to. Relying on memory alone can be risky. A “what to pack list” will keep you focused and provide you with confidence during the packing process. 

You’ll want to create a packing list that can be used trip after trip. Start by creating a comprehensive list that includes all the items you’ll want for travel in the summer and non-summer months as well as items for business and non-business trips.

As I mentioned, I can’t provide you a magical Disney wand but I can provide you a comprehensive packing checklist so you won’t need to create one from scratch. Feel free to download Diane Albright’s Free Packing Checklist by going to www.DianeAlbright.com/free_packing_checklist.

The next time you are preparing for a trip, print a copy and cross-off the items you won’t need this time around. As you begin gathering items, keep the list at hand as you walk around your house or apartment. As you collect the items, place them along side of your luggage and check off the items on your list. Once you have all of your items collected as well as the clothing you need, you are ready to begin packing your suitcase.

If you want to fine tune your packing list a bit further, place your list in your suitcase on your next trip. If you find yourself in need of an item while you are away, add the item to your list. When you return home from your trip, update your comprehensive list with any added items. With this tweaked list, you’ll have the perfect packing checklist and be well prepared for upcoming travel.

Here are additional tips and tricks that may be helpful in planning your next trip:

Luggage to Love

Suitcase Packing Made Easy

How to Find Low Air Fare

Save Money on Hotel Stays

Car Rentals for Less

Preventing Travel Mishaps

Wishing you fabulous vacations and travel,

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The Sunrise Show WFMZ-TV Channel 69

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
June 23rd, 2010

This morning on The Sunrise Show Diane enjoyed sharing with the viewers tips and tricks on travel planning and packing.

Whether you are looking to save money on travel or simplify the packing process, you’ll find lots of helpful information by clicking on the links below.

How to Find Low Air Fare

Save Money on Hotel Stays

Car Rentals for Less

Preventing Travel Mishaps

Luggage to Love

Suitcase Packing Made Easy

Packing Checklist

We wish you happy and safe travel!

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Suitcase Packing Made Easy

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
June 23rd, 2010

As you leave from home for a trip to you ever have that sick feeling that you forgot to pack something? Instead, wouldn’t it be great to have the confidence that you are leaving home with everything you need?

Do you dread packing? Do you repeatedly go back and forth wasting time gathering items you need as they come to mind?

Our tips below should help cut down on your packing time and provide you with a stress-free vacation.

•  Create a packing checklist to use over and over again. Save the list in your computer. Each time it is time to pack, print out the list then cross of the items that don’t pertain to your upcoming and travel and jot down additional items you need. To help you get started, we’ll share our travel packing checklist with you.

•  Gather all the clothes that you would like to take and put half back. Keep the clothes that are in the same color families so you can mix and match. Don’t keep browns and blues for example.

•  Lay clothing as flat as possible and as full length as possible. Having clothing in dry cleaner bags in a suitcase is a great way to prevent clothes from wrinkling.

•  Place the clothing you will need first, on top.

•  Divide clothes and other items between different bags in case a piece of luggage gets lost en route.

•  Stuff shoes with sunglasses, other items you don’t want to break and electronic items such as cords.

•  To prevent shoes from getting other items dirty, place in Ziploc® gallon size bags – especially on the return trip.

•  Put items such as brushes that can snag or scratch things in a cloth or Ziploc® bag.

•  Put toiletries in Ziploc® bags. If your toiletries are going in a carry on for air travel, prevent getting tied up at security by following the TSA (Transportation Security Administrations) rule of 3-1-1*. Each liquid, gel and aerosol must be in a container of no more than THREE ounces. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in ONE quart size ziptop, clear bag – which makes it easy to pull out and place in the bin to be x-rayed at the security checkpoint. Each passenger may carry on only ONE ziptop, clear bag of liquids, gels and aerosols. Consider putting this bag in an easy to reach part of your carry on such as a zippered pocket. Travel size containers can help with the packing of toiletries. Bed, Bath, and Beyond carries a nice selection of travel size items and containers.

*Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are exempt from the 3-1-1 carry on rule in reasonable quantities. You can check out the TSA’s website http://www.tsa.gov/311/index.shtm for the most up to date information.

•  Weigh your luggage at home. Don’t wait until you get to the airport, for you certainly don’t want to have to pay a fee or frantically try to move items from one suitcase to another to make the weight requirement. Check with your airline if you are concerned about their specific weight limits for luggage – typically for an economy ticket the weight limit for checked luggage is 50 pounds.

•  Before leaving for the airport tie a colored ribbon to your luggage handle or place a large unique sticker on the side(s) of your suitcase. This way as the luggage carousel goes around you’ll be able to easily identify your luggage. 

Wishing you packing success!

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Travel Mishaps and Solutions

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
June 23rd, 2010

To make your trip as smooth as possible take the time before you leave to perform some preventative measures. A little time invested will enable you handle the unexpected curve ball thrown your way. The following travel tips and tricks should have you well on your way to a stress free vacation or business trip.

•  Before leaving home, add important telephone numbers into your cellular phone. Enter the telephone numbers for your hotel, airline, car rental agency and travel agency. This way if you have any delays or problems, coming or going, you can easily place any necessary calls.

•  If you’ve missed your flight or connection, call the airline directly instead of standing in line for a ticket agent.

•  When making a hotel reservation be sure to clearly state the type of beds that you want, i.e., king, queen, etc. Confirm the type of bed that is on your reservation. At check-in request a room that does not face traffic or is near elevator or vending machines. If you are a member of the hotel’s rewards club, check to see if the hotel offers a late checkout.

•  Afraid you might lose your cellular phone? Don’t wear a watch. This will force you to check your cellular phone for the time which will alert you more quickly if you misplaced your phone.

•  It is easy to misplace a purse if you are bringing along a carry on. The carry on may feel like your purse at times and make it easy to forget you should have two items over your shoulder instead of one. If you are afraid you’ll lose your purse, wear a waist pack instead. 

•  Print out a local map, review it ahead of time and bring it with you. It will save stress.

•  Call the airline ahead of time to make sure you are earning frequent flyer points.

•  Download pictures from your digital camera before trip. This way if your camera gets lost during your trip, you won’t lose any other precious memories.

•  If taking a picture of your hotel room is a vacation tradition, snap a picture of your room before you unpack a thing. This way everything will still be neat, tidy and in place in your room.

•  Have a medical condition or allergy to food and traveling out of the US? Prior to leaving have someone who is fluent in that language write down your allergy and problems/questions that may pertain to it. Such as, “Are there nuts in this item?” or perhaps you may need to state, “I need immediate medical attention for …” Be sure to have the English translation written next to it

Wishing you a safe and problem-free vacation!

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A Comfortable Shoe That Turns into “Hundreds of Shoes”

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
June 18th, 2009


One of the most comfortable and fun shoes you will ever wear are Onesoles®. Invented by a pharmacist who stood on her feet 12 hours a day, this incredibly comfortable and fun shoe is almost too good to be true. When I first tried on Onesoles®, the immediate thought that came rushing to my mind was, “Oh, my gosh! I don’t ever want to take these shoes off!”

Not only is this shoe fabulous because of its comfort, the top (or strap) of the shoe is actually interchangeable. With a wide variety of strap styles, colors and designs to choose from, you can easily make it look like you have hundreds of different pairs of shoes. And while all your friends are assuming you have mountains of shoes, secretly you’ll know that your closet is really occupied by just “one sole.” Imagine being able to honestly reply, “Just one.” when your husband asks, “Honey, how many new pairs of shoes did you buy?”

Like the straps, the shoe itself comes in different styles, heel heights, and colors. So you start by picking the heel style, height, and shoe color that’s right for you, and you finish by selecting the extra interchangeable tops (straps) that you like. And, if you travel, is this ever the shoe for you! Being able to pack one pair of shoes with multiple interchangeable straps is sure to help you win the battle to keep your suitcase from exceeding the airlines’ 50 lb weight limit.

Knowing the value, style, and comfort of these shoes, we’ve added Onesoles® to our local store and are now in the process of adding them to our online store. You can also visit the Onesole® website to check out the different shoe styles and over 600 tops (straps) as well as locate a store carrying Onesoles® in your area.

Wishing you happy feet!

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