Ok, I should start out this post by admiting I am not the best organized in the world, but I PLAN to be organized.
I make lists of my lists, from the biggest detail to the smallest possible "may-happen". So, the minute we decide to possibly go on vacation, I have a list going to plan the trip. I had my 2014 vacation list started before we even got on the plane for our honeymoon in 2013.
If you aren't like me and have to plan out every detail, no worries. This post may help with some simple vacation planning tips if you usually just take off and end up forgetting socks, to buy an important ticket or to reserve a car.
This will be a multi-part post. I will start off with some simple stuff, some of my essentials for my "carry-on" bag:
Camera, lenses, extra battery, SD card and iPad card reader - I carry my Nikon D3200 with my 35mm 1.8, 18-55mm and my Lensbaby Spark. If the trip will involve a lot of nature and hiking, I might switch out the spark for my long 70-300mm. The battery life on this camera is fantastic, but I always bring a spare (charged) in my bag just in case.
iPad - loaded with books, music (Amazon Prime Music downloaded for free!) and for this upcoming trip I am utilizing "NextIssue", a magazine reader/downloaded app I got a free trial of. I don't really play games on my iPad. Since we will be road tripping with a lot of down time (aka, no internet available), I will also do some school work on my iPad and laptop.
Vapur water bottle - this doesn't hold a lot of water but I love that it collapses when you drink all the water! I don't like using disposable bottles if I can help it.
Other electronic stuff - phone, ipad chargers, headphones
Cosmetic bag - I always carry a smaller bag in any purse that has my go to Fresh tinted lip balm, a pocket knife (if flying, def don't bring this! And if you are going into a theme park or museum or government building, leave it at the hotel!), sunscreen, hand lotion, perfume (I am loving Aroamas solid stick perfume right now!! I highly recommend these for any frequent flyer), a hair tie, bobby pins, sunscreen, a pen, a few band aids, band aid blister block, dental floss and some safety pins. I love having all of these items in one small bag I can easily transfer from backpack to laptop tote to purse.
Glasses and contact cases - in the event I want to sleep on the trip or my eyes get dry.
This is a good example of my "daily carry", minus the camera. That is Cameron's J1. I carry my DSLR.
I do want to mention the bag in the picture, my Healthy Back Bag. It holds just enough, and I love the way the zipper lays against your back for extra security. This is my favorite bag to use day in and out.
This concludes Part one of Packing Tips and Tricks.
Joy is a photographer, wife and mommy based out of Albuquerque, NM. She is available by appointment for weddings, events and sessions in New Mexico.