Last Sunday I missed my flight for the first time in years. I missed check-in by two minutes and it was a big one to miss. I'd been on a trip from Anaheim to Portland to Miami, then was coming home to Michigan for about 13 hours before getting on a plane to spend two weeks in NYC then go to the Bay Area from there. I'd needed those 13 hours to do a number of things at home but mainly dump my suitcase and repack for the rest of the month (certainly no need for a bathing suit in NYC!)
After missing my flight, I was put on one the next day that would only give me an hour to grab my suitcase from baggage claim then repack it and check it back in. Two things saved me. My parents, who thankfully packed up my stuff at home and brought it to the airport for handoff. And the fact that I am obsessive about packing in pouches.
I know you're probably thinking this isn't any brilliant top secret packing tip I'm sharing here, but it took me years to catch onto the fact that this was the key to success (and not losing your mind or important things when traveling.) First of all, there are so many cute pouches out there and the fact that they'll make your life easier is reason enough to invest money in their cuteness. Second, I keep everything packed in these pouches at all times, even when I'm at home. That way I'm always ready to go (because you never know when someone wants to whisk you off at the last minute on a getaway. You know.)
Everything has a pouch where it belongs. I can transfer these pouches easily from suitcase to tote to purse. I know longer go crazy trying to dig through my bag to find my computer cord, I just know it's in the hamburger pouch.
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Sometimes there are a couple extra pouches in my bag - one for my iPad + cord, one just for coins (especially helpful in foreign countries) and one for pens or notebooks or things I want to journal with on the go. It just makes traveling so much easier. Pouch plan for life!
Also, I'll be teaching at Scrapbook Territory this Saturday in Berkeley. We'll be using my new Hero Arts stamps and they'll be available for purchase. Call the store for more info - hope to see you there!