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Packing for a trip is always a bit stressful. And now more and more families are splitting their vacations between the ski slopes and the sun, which creates the problem of how to pack and transport what they’ll be needing for two entirely different climates.
Having spent more than 2 decades traveling around the world, I have had to spend a good deal of time thinking of better ways to plan and pack smarter for all kinds of climates and situations. I’ve come up with the top five easy ways to take the hassle out of dual-location packing.
1. Pack as many items as you can that will be useful in both locations—such as a tank top or tee shirt you can also wear under a turtleneck on the slopes or après ski, and I always pack a cozy cozy cashmere scarf that also works as a shawl and blanket on the airplane, but also a wrap for chilly nights at the island resort. Also pack a beautiful silk scarf that can be worn around your neck, as a halter top, a belt, a hair band, or around the brim of your sun hat.
2. Ship your ski wear, bulky sweaters, and toiletries ahead (or you can order them from 3floz.com and they will send your favorite travel sized brands to your hotel or to your destination). Just make certain to send the bags far enough in advance so that you are certain they will arrive before you do. (You can wear your parkas on the plane and then ship them directly home with the rest of your ski gear. You won’t be needing them in the Caribbean sun.)
3. Take the sun gear with you, even if you’ll be skiing first. It’s less heavy and bulky to pack, and if it were lost in shipping it might also be more difficult to replace on an island than your ski wear would be at a ski resort.
4. When packing the bags you’ll be checking on the plane, be sure to distribute the items so that even if one bag is lost every member of your family will still have enough of whatever he or she needs to get through until your luggage is recovered. (And you won’t have to spend all your time shopping for replacements instead of enjoying your vacation.) You can organize each person’s belongings into packing bags or gallon-size zip-top bags so that they will be see and separate upon arrival. As always, any essentials such as medications or your glasses, should always be with you in your carry-on bags.
5. Don’t pack what you don’t need. Find out what the hotel will be able to provide in terms of adapters, chargers, bulky hair dryers, etc. Or take a universal charger like the Callpod (I own several of them) that accepts up to six items (all cell phones, ipods, iTouch, etc.) all at once. Call the hotel and see what is available near by or in the gift shop in terms of shampoo, sunscreen, and body lotion. Its a perfect opportunity to try something new.