How to pack for an unexpected last minute Trip

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I recently had to take a last minute road trip to Ottawa for a family emergency. I got the call from work, rushed home and had to pack as quickly as possible for both myself and Link. Flustered as I was, I managed to pack everything I needed without forgetting too many items. Having to pack for a trip is cumbersome enough, but packing for an unexpected last minute trip with less than an hour to spare….that’s just crazy! I came up with a few tips that can help anyone pack for an impromptu trip.

Pick your bag to pack First

This is important because you don’t want to end up over or under packing. By having a bag ready, you will be able to keep in mind how much space you have available. How long are you going to be gone for? Chances are this is going to be a short trip. If you are going to be flying, possibly a carry on will be best. I’ve also written a guide on how to pack a Weekend Bag/Carry On for regular non-last minute trips.

Go through a regular day in your Mind

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Go through the motions of a typical day in your life. What do you do first thing in the morning? What do you use? Brush your teeth? Pack a toothbrush and toothpaste. Wash your face? Pack some face wash. Continue this process until you reach the end of your day. Using this method will ensure that you do not miss anything from your regular routine.

Keep a designated bag for travel toiletries available at all Times.

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This is probably my best tip. I have a bag that I use only for travel purposes. It contains all travel sized toiletries that I would need for everyday use. This bag stays in the same place, so I never have to go searching for it and it stays unpacked from previous travels. I like to collect beauty samples whenever I visit the beauty counter and I keep them in a box next to this bag. Although this bag may not have every single item I need, for example the items that I use on a daily basis that I would have to pack separately, it definitely cuts down the amount of scrambling I would have to do otherwise.

Pack an emergency first aid Kit

I learnt this one the hard way. Unfortunately I did not have a first aid kit prior to my last minute trip and, of course, the baby got sick. Like, REALLY sick! Luckily we were still in the same country so it wasn’t too hard to just drive out to the store and purchase whatever we needed, but it would have been much better to just have all those items already. Not to mention when your child’s fever is spiking and it’s late at night, you want what you need STAT! We just happened to be staying at my cousin’s house with another family and the mother of this other family had brought her own incredibly organized and well-prepared first aid kit. Lucky for us she had everything we needed, and even other things I had never heard of and would like to add to my own first aid kit.

Have a go to travel Uniform

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Whenever I travel I always look exactly the same: Leggings, an over sized tee, loose thick sweater and sneakers. Planes, train and automobiles; I always look the same. I chose this uniform because it’s comfortable, easy to assemble and I still look somewhat chic. I suggest you come up with a go to uniform. Go ahead and use mine if you want.

Roll all your clothes!

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Rolling makes packing very fast. I mean, you really can’t mess up a good roll. Not to mention it reduces wrinkles and gives you much more space.

Checklist

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If you travel enough and are always taking last minute business trips. Why not create a checklist of must have items. Too lazy? Click here for a FREE quick last minute packing checklist of your own.

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