Vacation Starts with Getting OrganizedStudies show
that 51.2 million Americans are vacation deprived
and only take an average of eleven of their average earned 14 vacation days.
Kristin White del Rosso – Pea Organizing Services, Inc.SM
With summer around the corner, it probably means a vacation is probably in (or
should be) the works for you and your family. Whether it is a weekend getaway
or a destination vacation, planning the details ahead of time can make a huge
impact on how much you enjoy your next vacation, and a much-needed break from
work and life.
So, do not
deprive yourself of deserved time off. Get organized now to make it a relaxing vacation
by following these simple tips.
- Create a travel file for your
upcoming trip. Put all information such as tickets, maps and contact
details in the file as soon as they come in.
- Plan your wardrobe and make a
packing list based on what you will be doing. Check www.weather.com and get an upcoming
forecast. Over packing just adds to the stress so really thin out what you
need and pack only those items.
- Pack a carry-on bag that you can
keep with you at all times. Include items to keep you and your family
occupied during waiting times like card games, an iPod or travel DVD
player. Take items you need for the first night (toothbrush, fresh
clothes) in case your luggage is lost.
- Use a travel checklist and keep
it in your file. Once you have created the checklist you can use it for
all future trips to save time and make sure you remember what you need to
- Prepare a travel toiletry kit
that you keep packed at all times so that you do not have to restock it as
you pack for each trip.
- Help your children pack their own
bags and make sure the luggage is small enough that they can carry it. Go
through the same questions you ask yourself to make sure you take what you
need and do not over pack.
- If you are driving, make sure you
have a current map and directions. Use MapQuest or if you are a member of
AAA, ask for the best route to your destination. If you are flying but
plan to take a taxi from the airport, make sure you have the direction and
address of the hotel for the cab driver. The more information you have the
better (and it should all be in your travel file.)
- If you are traveling with pets,
make a trip “check-off” list for your pet just as you would for you and
your kids. Keep your pet’s travel supplies organized in one area so for
the last-minute camping trip or one-day outing you can just grab what you
need and go. Whether it is a pet carrier or a supply of medicines, be sure
you are prepared to properly care for your pet during your trip. Have
up-to-date ID tags for your pet and a recent photo of your pet in the
event he/she gets lost.
- Identify a neighbor or service
ahead of time to watch your house and pets, water plants and bring in
- For longer trips, put a
vacation-hold on your mail and temporarily stop delivery of your
- Be sure to put an outgoing
message on your work voicemail and auto-reply signature on your work
e-mail indicating how long you will be away from the office and who to
contact for urgent matters.
- Assign a staff person(s) ahead of
time to be your back up while you are away from your office.
- Have fun!
© 2008 Kristin White del Rosso
Kristin White del
Rosso, President of Pea Organizing Services, Inc. is Certified Professional
Organizer (CPO®) from the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers.
For more information, call 704-344-0210
or visit www.thepea.com.