Winter Vacation Packing Tips

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You are going on vacation, Great!

The accommodations are booked, the activities are chosen and you can't wait to get going. But there is one more thing that needs to be taken care of, before you leave... PACKING! Yes, the dreaded...packing for this vacation.

The thought of packing for your vacation can be so overwhelming that it stops us in our tracks. Some of us dread it so much, that we simply don't start at all. We wait until the last minute, because we don't even know where to start. We stand in a middle of the room, over an empty suitcase, we turn around and around and... we move nowhere.

Thankfully, there is help for all of us, all we need is couple of packing tips, and you can find them right here.

Go and get your luggage from the basement, if you don't have any luggage yet, check out the luggage buying tips, before you rush to the store to buy some. Then go get some luggage! Depending on the length of your trip you will need at least one piece of luggage per family member.

How not to lose your mind when you pack for your vacation

Some suggest that you should start with a computer, that may work for you, I have a slightly different proposition, however, we will get to that computer latter. Now...

Get a thin notebook, keep it with you from the time you book your trip. This will be your starting point for your packing latter on. Write down your vacation information on the first page. Next page should have your planned activities then, designate a page for each family member, and as days go by towards your trip date, write down things that you may need on your vacation. That way, you will have a greater chance of actually taking the stuff that you do need. If one of your children needs specific medication, write it down on that kid's page. If you had your mind set on a knitting project or a book for your vacation, write it down on your page. If you don't, chances are that your will leave those things behind.

Find 10 minutes here and there to concentrate on each person at a time. Go back to the list of activities planned, think about clothing that you will be using for those activities, then, check your closets for stuff that works well together, coordination pieces, clothing pieces, and those that are easy to maintained. Make sure to list any sporting equipment if you plan on taking any with you.

Now we can boot up your computer... Using your spreadsheet program, set up a table for each member of your family. Every one willneed a column for their specific types of clothing, quantity and their "packed" location.

Your table may look like this:

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KATIE'S PACKING LIST
ITEM TYPE CLOTHING ITEM QUANTITY LOCATION CHECK
OUTER WEAR SKI JACKET 1 GREEN SUITCASE YES
SPORTS WEAR SWEAT SHIRT 2 BLUE SUITCASE YES
UNDERWEAR BRA 4 BLUE SUITCASE YES
SWIM WEAR SWIM SUIT 2 BLUE SUITCASE YES
SHOES SLIPPERS 2
PERSONAL SHAMPOO 1
PERSONAL SUN SCREEN
OTHER BOOK

What to take with you?

When pulling stuff from the closet, take into consideration the location and type of your vacation, the weather, and planned activities. Try to take clothing that doesn't wrinkle easily. The pieces that you choose, should be versatile and should take you from the beach to shopping, to the dinning room. Even if you will be spending your time on the back country trails, you still can pack the wordrobe that will support many of your activities. You can generate your own winter, packing list right here

What to Pack on Your Ski Trip
from
Travelocity.ca

The following list is far from exhaustive, but does include some commonly overlooked items you won't want to be without.

Sun screen
Sure, it's cold and the sun's low during the winter. But you'll be outside for hours with sun shining down on you and reflecting off the snow. It's easier to get burned than you think.

Sunglasses
The sun can hurt your eyes as well as your skin. Protect them with UV-repelling sunglasses. Don't be afraid to spend a few bucks here. Cheap drugstore glasses might not block out invisible, damaging UV rays.

Goggles
Even if the weather's clear, you may find yourself caught in mini-blizzards caused by wind, sudden storms, or snowmaking equipment. This is especially common in the East, which tends to get less natural snow than the West. In swirling-snow situations, you'll appreciate the coverage a pair of goggles provides.

Long underwear
Layers are key when skiing. High-quality synthetic materials trap all-important warm air on the frigid chairlift ride, and wick away moisture. You can then strip them off as you begin to work up a sweat heading down the mountain. With long underwear as an initial layer, you may find you get more mileage out of turtlenecks and sweaters. This means you can pack fewer of these bulky items, saving you room in your suitcase.

Aspirin (or ibuprofin)
While full-blown altitude sickness is uncommon in the United States, many skiers hailing from the flatlands will experience mild headaches while acclimatizing to altitudes above five or six thousand feet. While taking pain relievers won't necessarily solve the problem, it should help.

Lip balm
Cold mountain air can be very drying to skin in general, and lips in particular. Bring plenty of moisturizing balm.

Boots
You may find yourself slogging through muddy or poorly plowed parking lots. Roads and sidewalks in town may be salted. Salt helps snow melt, but can leave ugly white stains on shoes. You'll definitely want sturdy, over-the-ankle boots to wear while walking almost everywhere in snow country.

Bathing suit
Remember, skiing and saunas both come to us from the same part of the world. Many ski resorts have spa facilities, and you'll definitely want to be prepared for whatever the dress code happens to be.

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Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Ski masks
Goggles
Hats
Long underwear
Ski Jackets
Ski Pants
Fleece
Gloves
Socks
Lip Balm
Boots
Bathing Suits

Packing your skin care items...

When you pack your winter skin care products in your suitcase or Carry-on , you need to protect the content of your luggage from possible damage that may result if any of those products leak all over every thing else...
The best way to do that, is to purchase some large Ziplock freezer bags, the ones with the slider closure. Place each skin care product that you taking in a separate bag, and then, place all of the products in yet another bag. Same goes for shampoo and conditioner, sprays and cologne. Then when everything is ready, place all your skin care products and personal higene items in a cosmetic case




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