This post is sponsored by Brother.
Everyone seems to be all about the jet-setting lifestyle right now (myself included) and with an always growing list of places I’d love to travel to one day, I figured it was finally time to get organized to help me pack like a pro. After traveling with friends recently I’ve observed that there are two types of travelers: a group that’s all about planning and list making, and one that likes to keep things spontaneous, from the booking to packing.
I definitely fall on the planner end of the spectrum, which is likely no surprise if you’ve been reading the blog for awhile or have met me in real life ;) I like my trips booked far in advance and plan out not only a packing list but also my outfit options so I don’t forget anything and can easily know what options I have to wear throughout my trip. This planning mentality has come in handy over the years as I’ve evolved from an overpacker to an efficient one. However, during my recent trip to Colombia, I realized I could make travel prep even easier with my handy Brother P-Touch D210 label maker. I use it for everything from file labeling to keeping tabs on my containers when I bring lunch to the office – but for travel prep, it’s a must-have!
My first order of business? My toiletries. During my trip to Cartagena I had a few leaks within my toiletries bag, which luckily didn’t spread too far but was a pain to deal with when we arrived. On top of that I also somehow forgot sunscreen, which meant I had to find a drugstore and buy a full sized bottle that I had to then leave at our room because it was over 3 oz. and wouldn’t be allowed in my carry on bag. To avoid leaks and forgotten items for upcoming trips I decided to revamp my toiletries kit by grabbing a set of leak-proof bottles and creating a little stash of my staple products so I can just grab the bag and go for my next trip. To easily keep track of everything, I created simple labels using the – the water resistant tape means I don’t have to worry about getting the bottles wet and the adjustable font sizes meant that I could easily add alabel to every item in my toiletries bag, from shampoo to medications. I chose to keep my labels simple for travel, but for other creative projects, I plan to personalize my labels with the choice of 14 fonts, 97 frames and over 600 fun symbols available on the P-touch.
While I was on my labeling spree I also added my name to all of the electronics and chargers that I usually bring with me– I’ve realized that everyone travels with the same chargers and devices these days so alabel could go a long way to keep track of what’s mine vs. some else’s when going through security or traveling with a group of people.
Finally, I grabbed two clear pouches that I can easily toss into my purse to avoid having a mess of paperwork and documents during trips. The first larger pouch is aimed for international trips to keep my passport, trip itinerary and key addresses, outlet converters and any exchanged currency all in one place (I’m also thinking about creating a cheat sheet of common terms/words in any foreign language – I’ve relied on translation apps in the past but you never know what cell service will be like when you need to communicate!). A second smaller pouch is the perfect spot to stash receipts for tracking expenses when traveling with friends or for keeping tabs on your souvenir spending for when it comes time to go through customs.
Now that I’m all organized thanks to a little help from my Brother P-touch D210 label maker, I’m itching for another trip! Do you have any upcoming travels planned? What are some of your tips for staying organized when traveling? To purchase the P-touch D210, visit Amazon.
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