Unpacking and A Few Post Trip Travel Tips!

Do you love traveling but hate unpacking?  We are so on the same page.  I thought I’d share a few post trip travel tips.  Say that 3 times in a row…lol

I traveled last week on press trip and loved every minute of it.  I got to visit a state I’d never visited before and explore the food, the culture and make several fabulous new friends along the way.  If you get the chance you should definitely visit Maine in the Fall.  It’s a beautiful state with fabulous food!

I flew to Maine on Thursday and flew back home early Saturday morning after a 3:30am wakeup call.  Needless to say, I spent most of Saturday catching up on my sleep because I am so NOT an early morning person (lol).  I only managed to unpack my carry-on tote-bag when I got home.  You’re probably wondering why (lol).  I hate unpacking.  Is there an unpacking service?  Hmmmm…

Some of my favorite travel products come from Bath & Body Works. You’ll always find them in my toiletry bag!

Even though I dislike unpacking, there’s one thing that I do each and every time I unpack that helps me tremendously when it’s time to pack for the next trip.

Here is my go to unpacking tip:

  • As you unpack your toiletries and personal products, take inventory of what needs to be replaced or what’s running low. Replace those items as soon as you can.  Once purchased, go ahead and re-pack them in your travel toiletry bag.  This eliminates those last-minute shopping trips to buy needed items the night before your trip (lol).  It also eliminates the frustration of not having a much needed item when your arrive at your destination.

You can fill empty containers like these with your favorite products, making your own travel minis!

A few more tips I generally follow for pre-packing:

  • When doing your normal household shopping buy extras of your favorite trial size/travel toiletries (i.e. toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorants) to have on hand when it’s time to restock.
  • Buy a few of those fab mini containers and make your own travel size of your favorite products. Big box retailers like Walmart and Target carry cute ones with fun colors and prints starting at a $1 a container.  I use these for products that will never come in a trial size. Products like my favorite hair oil/gel, perfumed body washes or my medicated face wash (for my rosacea).

I hope these tips help a little.   Remember prepared travelers are happy travelers.

Happy travels.

What’s your go to unpacking tip?

Be Happy.  Be Fabulous.  Be Well Traveled.

By The Travelin Diva ~ Kirstin N. Fuller


Author: The Travelin Diva

Self proclaimed 'Travelin Diva,' Kirstin is a DC native and graduate of Howard University! Pursuing her dreams in 2007, Kirstin launched the travel magazine Reservations Travel Guide which led her to start the fabulous travel blog www.Passenger156.com to showcase the latest travel news, innovative travel products and the worlds' hottest destinations and deals. Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.

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  1. My tip is 2 sets of toiletries and makeup. I never remove the travel set from my luggage so when it’s time to pack, I just add clothes and shoes 🙂

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  2. haha unpacking truly is the worst part about travel! i’ve always hated that part of it. these suggestions are super helpful!

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  3. I don’t travel much but when I do I would find myself living out of a bag. I have now been trying to make a conscious effort to put everything away in it’s place.

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  4. I hate unpacking too. My kids unpack immediately and sometimes I get them to do mine too. LOL

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  5. wow so I am not the only one who unpacked by putting my toiletries in a separate container. I have a pretty decent collection from all of the toiletries I collected from various hotels.

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  6. I enjoy unpacking but I get it done within 24 hours of my return. I hate digging in s bag for something I want or need.

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  7. So I hate unpacking, so I cant cant provide any tips.. Sometimes I don’t unpack for weeks. I know its bad but I cant help it.. I guess I would give a tip it would be to unpack right away. I’ve never been to Maine, so I look forward to hearing your recap.

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  8. Unpacking I don’t hate but packing is my worse enemy. I always over pack. I need 4-5, 6 bags for a vacation.

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  9. I HAVE to unpack the same day or the next day I get back. I can’t look at a full suitcase or duffle bag sitting there. But you just gave me a goldmine with the advice on the little traveling bottles, this is much needed when flying, because I get so flustered when I can’t take my large lotions and body washes if I only have a carry on bag. UGH. Thanks for giving me an idea.

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  10. Luckily when I travel as food Kate it’s been to visit family. I wash before I leave which makes unpacking so much easier!

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  11. These are really great tips. I absolutely hate to unpack. It used to be worst when I was the queen of overpacking, but now that I have somewhat mastered packing light I have gotten better.

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