The Clutter Fairy Weekly #216

Time to Hit the Road: Plan, Prepare, and Pack for Low-Stress Travel

Leisure travel seems to be booming again—industry forecasts indicate that vacation travel is likely to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2024. But if you’re not careful, the effort and inconveniences of travel can detract from your hard-earned fun. In episode #216 of The Clutter Fairy Weekly, Gayle Goddard, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Fairy in Houston, Texas, offers advice for planning, packing, and preparing for minimum-stress, maximum-fun vacation travel.

Content in this episode is based on the results of audience surveys.

Some content in this episode is based on results of a survey of our audience.

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Weekly Tittle

The Weekly Tittle is an exercise designed to focus your attention on a specific space, aspect, or challenge of decluttering and organizing your home. We assign a new tittle in each webcast/podcast, then check on your progress the following week.

Leader of the Pack

This week’s assignment is to assess the state of readiness of your luggage in anticipation of your next trip:

  • Pull out of storage your suitcases, carry-ons, totes, backpacks, or any other containers you expect to use the next time you travel.
  • Remove old baggage-claim tags and inspect the pieces to make sure that handles, zippers, straps, and other closures are still in working order.
  • Make sure that all items are securely tagged or labeled with your current address and contact information.
  • Unpack anything that you left in the luggage after previous trips.
  • If your trip is coming up soon, stage your luggage in an out-of-the-way location to start receiving items that you’re ready to pack.
  • Review and refresh your travel toiletry kit. Remove any expired medications or personal-care products. Replace or refill travel-size bottles of products.
  • If you’re not planning any leisure travel this summer, take time this week to plan a “staycation” for your family or a spa day or in-town self-care retreat for yourself.

For the full discussion of this week’s tittle, watch the Weekly Tittle segment on YouTube.

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