Whether you’re on vacation or just out and about for a day of fun, packing a bag that holds all the items you need is a definite challenge. Follow these 4 simple steps and you’ll be able to have a comfortable bag without giving up any essentials!
1) Choose a lightweight bag or backpack that is comfortable to carry. Try to make sure it has plenty of pockets for easy storage and accessability. Put the same items in the same pockets every time so you can grab things fast such as your camera to get those great shots! If your bag lacks pockets, group like items in zipper-lock plastic bags to organize them as well as keep them clean and dry.
2) Carry your driver’s license, money, credit cards (and passport and traveler’s checks if abroad) in a zipper-lock plastic bag. Place these in a closable inside compartment. This way they are easily accessed by you, but no one else!
3) Place all of your other essentials such as sunglasses, sunscreen, cell phone, books, and medications in another larger plastic bag. Zip it up and stash it in an outside pocket for easy access.
4) Check the weather and add a hat, sweater, windbreaker, gloves, scarf or umbrella as necessary. Keep in mind that although fleece is bulky, its light and will keep you warm even if you get caught in a sudden downpour.