How to Pack For a Long Vacation

As someone who has traveled extensively all over the world, I know how to pack. I am not someone who can throw two outfits in a backpack and hop on a plane for Europe but I’m also not someone who likes carrying luggage around, even if it’s on wheels. I have gone on 12 day cruises, 2 week long European vacations, and a 3 week trip to Australia and New Zealand. I will do laundry on vacation if it’s necessary but it’s not something I like to do when I’m supposed to be having a good time.

Therefore, I learned some tips for how to travel fairly lightly yet take enough clothes for a two week or longer vacation.

1. My first suggestion is to make a travel list on your computer and save it. When you travel, you just need to pull it up and adjust it for the current vacation.

2. The second thing to do is get a good suitcase (assuming you are checking one bag) and a good carry-on. I recommend using a basic pullman style suitcase in a medium price range such as Atlantic. I suggest a color other than black, because there are so many black suitcases. Don’t get one much bigger than a carry-on because if you do you will exceed the weight limit.

For a carry-on I really like an all-in-one rolling suitcase and backpack such as the Sierra Carry-on Rolled Backpack. It can be taken apart into a small suitcase and daypack if necessary or it can be zipped together and thrown on your back when you need to catch a flight.

Make sure you purchase luggage that can all be hooked together and rolled if necessary.

3. When traveling internationally, I read years ago that there are ways people in other countries tell who the American tourists are by the following:

• White tennis shoes, especially if both in a couple wear them

• Matching outfits such as “jogging suits” or color-coordinated department store ensembles

• Fanny packs

• Shorts are rarely worn in many cities around the world. I was in Paris in July. It was a holiday (Bastille Day) and I saw no shorts the entire week.

4. Put together a travel wardrobe based upon two neutrals plus one bright color. I like to pack black and tan/khaki clothes plus a few pieces of another color such as red. I used to try to pack all black clothes but I would get too bored with the lack of variety and end up buying clothes in my destination. However, I do recommend taking clothes in which every top matches every bottom. This allows for endless combinations.

5. I pack so that 90% of what I packed could be washed out in the sink and hung to dry if necessary. That means no-iron light-weight polyester blend clothing for travel. If you want to spend a lot of money and plan to do extensive traveling, you can purchase clothing from a …

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Camper Dealers’ Rental Programs Make Long Distance Travel Easy

Most people believe that camper dealers only sell and store RVs. Not so. Rentals are growing in popularity as an alternative to expensive hotel stays during cross-country trips. Not only does renting reduce lodging costs, it also allows families to travel on their own terms, making detours to visit attractions and areas of interest along the way. So, is renting the right choice for your family? There are a few things to consider when deciding.

Eliminate the Hassle

Does your family travel every summer? Do you long for the open road in between camping trips? Are you looking forward to the sights and sounds of travel and the excitement of visiting new places? If you love camping but lack the space, funds, or inclination to purchase an RV yourself, it’s worth visiting local camper dealers to view their rental inventory. A rental allows families to take their vacation, come home, drop off the trailer, and go back to day-to-day life without the work and worry of winterizing, cleaning, and storing the vehicle. For families who love to travel but don’t love the trouble and expenses associated with owning, renting makes sense.


Purchasing and maintaining a recreational vehicle is a pricey proposition. Camper dealers offer storage options during the offseason, but there’s still the insurance expenses and registration fees. Renting eliminates all of those expenses, and you only pay for it when you’re using it. For families who only travel once or twice a year, renting may be the most affordable option.

Traveling with Extended Family or Friends

Even if you already own a small to mid-sized RV that’s large enough to travel with your spouse and children, a special trip that includes extended family or friends may require more space. A second trailer or a larger one to accommodate a larger group saves the trouble of setting up tents and reduces the hassle of trying to cram too many people into a small space. It is also often possible to rent a luxury model with more amenities, like indoor running water and a larger bathroom, for a trip that includes aging parents or inexperienced campers who aren’t used to the lifestyle. A rental can make sense when traveling with a large group.

Whether you travel frequently or occasionally, rentals from camper dealers are a great way to take your family on a road trip. Renting an RV allows room for all your baggage and provides a richer travel experience. Quiet evenings around the campfire, toasting marshmallows and recounting family stories are the experiences that will stay with you. Consider renting an RV for your next trip and make the experience of traveling part of the journey. RV rental is about more than saving money. It’s about building memories.…

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