Here’s a travel tip I’ve learnt the hard way – and you don’t have to because I’m here to share!
When you return from a trip, all you want to do is to dump your bags on the floor and fall straight into bed. I know I do. But you should not.
What you should do instead is use the last vestiges of your energy supply to unpack your bags to the best of your ability and keep everything away.
Yes, start your unpacking immediately when you get home (or the next morning if you arrive late at night).
- Toss your dirty clothes into your laundry basket and if you can, put them straight into the wash.
- Separate out your gifts and purchases and if possible, group all your gifts together in a paper bag or bags, ready to be gifted the next time you see your family or friends.
- Put your souvenirs on display and keep away your purchases (unless you are a blogger, then take your pictures then keep them away 😉 )
- Empty your travel bag – toss out scraps of paper and tear off airline stickers and identification tags. Wipe down your travel bag
And before you know it, you’ll be done with your unpacking!
If you leave it too long, you will find yourself tripping over your unpacked suitcase for days or even weeks. And you’ll get lazy about unpacking. Trust me – I experienced this as a student when I actually left my unpacking so long during the summer holidays I had to unpack just so I could pack to return to university! Mom was NOT amused 😛
So, don’t do that. Unpack the moment you get home, and then shower and relax. It feels a lot better and you will feel less stressed 🙂
Now, hands up who’s guilty of leaving their unpacking for later and then taking your sweet time getting it done or never getting it done at all till your next trip? 😉