How to pack to make sure you don’t forget ANYTHING

It’s still summer, but only just barely! Whether you’re packing for a vacation to take advantage of the last days of summer or you’re already packing to move back in at school, you’ve got to try my method. I’ve developed the method over the years and I’ve got to give credit to my mom for most of these tips. I don’t know anyone who can pack as well as my mom can, but I’ve channeled her advice into a method I’m sharing with you in this week’s post.

Whether you're packing for a vacation or to move back in to college, try using my foolproof method to remember everything you need! | HOW TO PACK TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T FORGET ANYTHING | HONEYBEE JOYOUS

This is the foolproof method I use to pack for vacations, for moving back in to college, and even for those long days where I’m going to be out and about at classes and club meetings all day and I need to carry my whole life in my backpack. Whenever I follow this method exactly, I have peace of mind and I remember everything I need. Every time I’ve deviated from this method, I’ve forgotten something important. Check out my tips below and leave a comment at the bottom of this post with your best packing tips!

1. Make a list

Start by making a list of everything you need before you even touch any of your stuff. You can type this up so that you have a basic starting list to go back to every time you pack, but I find that pen and paper usually helps me think through everything better. If you’re packing for vacation, think through every day and what you’ll need for each step of getting ready in the morning. If you’re packing for college, think about each area of your room and of your life and what you’ll need.

2. Sleep on it

Set your list aside for a day, go to sleep, and look at it again in the morning. Time away always causes me to remember items I’d forgotten the first time around. Add those forgotten items to your list and you’re ready to actually start your packing.

3. Make your bed

Make your bed really neatly and then start to lay out the items on your list, physically checking them off as you go. If you’re packing for vacation, you can lay everything out at once. If you’re packing to move back in to college, you’re obviously going to have more stuff, so you’re going to want to move more in chunks. For example, start with your clothes, move on to your bathroom supplies, then your kitchen items, etc. Whatever you’re packing for, just make sure you don’t touch your boxes or suitcases until you’ve got everything all laid out and visible.

4. Get packing

Now that you can see everything you need to pack, you can start putting it into your suitcases or boxes. I’d suggest letting things sit on your bed for a couple of hours and coming back to it later, just in case you remember any other last minute additions.

You should pack according to your plan once you get to your destination. For vacation, you need to consider whether you’re going to unpack into the hotel’s drawers and closet or whether you’ll be living out of your suitcase while you’re there, and pack accordingly. Regardless, be sure to put your shoes into plastic grocery bags to keep your clothes from getting dirty and put liquids in bags at the bottom of your suitcase to decrease the impact of accidental leakage.

If you’re packing for college, either put things into boxes based on area (bathroom items together, desk items together, closet items together, etc.) or simply pack like items together (all liquids together, all fragile items together, all art supplies together, etc.). This will make it easier to unpack once you get there and also easier to add in any random extra items you may remember at the last minute.

5. Make a list (again!)

Lastly, finish your packing routine by making a list of anything you might need to add in the morning before you leave (like your phone charger, hairbrush, the book you’re reading, etc.). Leave this list with your packed stuff so that when you wake up in the morning you can focus on getting out the door and not be scrambling around, risking forgetting some of your most essential daily items.

{What are your best packing tips? How do you make sure you remember everything you need? Let me know in the comments below!}

2 thoughts on “How to pack to make sure you don’t forget ANYTHING

  1. Hi Emily, this is honestly a very useful post! I’ll be going on exchange in September and this will help me remember what items to take with me and make the process a lot more organised!


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