How To Conquer Travel Organization Like A Pro

by Sara Wennerstrom / Nov 17, 2022

Preparing for a few days or weeks away from home can feel like a daunting task. But when you master the art of travel organization, packing becomes a breeze. With a few tips, tricks, and tools, you can level up your travel game and stay organized while you’re on the move. Here, you’ll learn how to get organized before you travel and products that can help you keep everything together.


How to get organized before you travel


Before you board the plane or hop into your getaway car for a weekend adventure with friends, here’s how to get organized.


Plan ahead

When planning a trip, you’ll want to plan your activities, and the same goes for what you’ll pack. Spontaneity certainly has its place when it comes to traveling, but if you plan for trips, you’re more likely to come prepared and enjoy the experience. Planning ahead can look like going through your closet to take stock of potential outfits and setting them aside to remember them. It doesn’t mean packing weeks in advance; it just means slowly getting things organized.


Use a packing list

To help you plan for your travels, try making a packing list. You can start it in advance and add to it as things pop into your head. You can create the list in the Notes app on your phone, on a piece of paper, or by some other digital or physical means. It doesn’t really matter how you go about the list; it just matters that you check it often and review it for essential items. This way, when it’s time to pack, you’ll have a comprehensive list at the ready.


Find a wallet built for organization

When you travel, you’ll have a few necessary cards that aren’t so easy to replace. It’s a good idea to keep them organized with a wallet built for travel that features handy storage compartments. This must-have travel accessory should offer RFID-blocking anti-theft technology to keep your cards safe. Plus, it’s a good idea to find something that’s water-resistant.


Card holder wallet

The Card Wallet in Mimosa Pilot


Don’t overpack

The temptation to pack for every possible scenario is a powerful urge to overcome. But if you strategically write down what you need, you’ll discover that you might not need to bring a down jacket or three umbrellas. Your packing list and forethought are your greatest weapons in the battle against overpacking.


Wash your clothes before you go

Sometimes it’s tempting to let your clothes pile up before you throw them in the wash for a day of chores. But if you have an upcoming vacation, you should stay on top of your laundry leading up to the big day of departure. This way, you’ll have clean clothes at the ready. Plus, you won’t have to worry about returning to a mountain of dirty clothes.


Less is more

Along with the idea of overpacking, you can practice the less is more approach to travel organization. Again, you don’t need duplicates of certain items and some items you don’t need at all. Depending on the length of your trip, consider what you need to be comfortable without weighing you down.  


Consider your itinerary  

To help you narrow your packing list, make a rough outline of your trip and review it before you pack. If you plan on hiking during your mountain retreat, bring your hiking boots, but if you’re going on a beach vacation, you can leave them behind.


Check the weather  

Another fantastic way to pack smarter and improve your travel organization is to check the weather as your trip gets closer. If you bring a bunch of outfits that don’t fit the forecast, then your wardrobe of bathing suits and coverups might leave you feeling ill-prepared during a week of rain.


8 must-have organization products you need before you pack


Below, you’ll find eight must-have travel accessories to help you stay organized during your trip.


  1. Toiletry travel bag. Look for a toiletry bag with mesh pockets and plenty of room for your travel-sized essentials so you can keep these items organized in one place.


  1. A travel backpack. A travel backpack is a great way to pack light and stay organized, thanks to its built-in storage compartments. Senreve’s Maestra bag features eight interior sections, and you can wear it as a satchel, tote, crossbody, or backpack.


  1. Jewelry bag. A bag built for keeping your jewelry organized lets you store all your valuable pieces in one place without them getting tangled. Our jewelry organizer features an internal zip pocket for your valuable jewelry pieces and an internal microfiber strap to hold your rings, necklaces, and earrings. You can keep the organizer in our convertible jewelry box bag for extra security.


  1. Cosmetic case. A cosmetic case lets you have a separate space for your makeup – away from your toiletries.


  1. Passport holder. When you use a passport holder to securely store your passport, other important documents, and perhaps your credit card, you’ll have peace of mind that you have everything you need. Senreve’s passport holder features our classic pebbled leather and a supple, scratch-resistant finish for an elegant yet practical appearance.


  1. Sunglasses case. A case for your sunglasses follows the same principle of giving everything a place to keep you organized. Plus, with Senreve’s Lunettes case, you can keep your glasses protected in style.


  1. Go travel sized. Regardless of whether you’re bringing your toiletries in your carry-on bag for a flight or traveling by car, it’s a good idea to keep things simple with travel-sized items. They take up less space and let you practice the “less is more” principle to travel efficiency.


  1. Packing cubes. Packing cubes for your luggage allow you to separate items to keep you extra organized in your suitcase. This way, you’ll have storage bags for your socks and undergarments instead of rummaging through the bag. It’s even more helpful if they’re transparent.


a convertible backpack in beige

The Maestra in Dolce


How to stay organized while traveling


Now, you know how to prepare for a trip, but here are some tips to help keep you organized to keep up with all your initial planning.


  • - Designate a place for everything. When everything has a place, you’re more likely to return things to the same spot and spend less time searching for that one item.


  • - Put your things away as you go. It’s tempting to leave your belongings strewn about when traveling, but if you return everything to its rightful place, you’re less likely to lose things.


  • - Set up an area for valuables. To keep your valuables secure, set up an area in your suitcase or the hotel room where you know they’re safe.


  • - Unpack in the provided drawers. If you’re spending several nights in one hotel or room, unpack to get more settled into your surroundings. This can help keep you organized and remind you of your routine at home.


  • - Use the hotel safe. If the place you’re staying provides a safe, keep your valuables in it for extra peace of mind. However, be sure to empty it before you check out of the room.


Come prepared and stay prepared


With a little extra effort, you can show up for any trip feeling organized and ready to tackle your time away from home. When you invest in the right tools for travel, you’ll have easy access to your most needed items. For ideas and inspiration for your next travel bag or travel accessory, explore Senreve’s collection of bestsellers to stay on top of your planning.