Planned long weekend getaways are the best, key word being “planned.” Last weekend, I flew out to gorgeous Vancouver for my first time, looking for a little R and R. With just four precious days to rest, explore, dine and party, I had no time to waste.
In preparation for my trip, I e-mailed a few of my Vancouver friends and colleagues to see what’s hot and what’s not. I also bought a Zagat Guide for restaurant and accommodations ratings. I saved more time by booking flights, accommodations and restaurant reservations online. Remember to bring all of your booking confirmations.
Packing is definitely challenging when you’re travelling for a short period, especially when the weather forecast is so unpredictable. People either bring too much clothing or not enough. My personal trick when packing is to bring lightweight, wrinkle-free items you can layer and dress up or down.
As for shoes, I always wear a comfortable walking shoe and pack a sexy pair that kill my feet (for sitting and dining only!).
Most hotels provide many toiletries so you don’t have to pack everything under the sun. But many of us like our own stuff, so if that’s the case, bring smal quantities of products. I always travel with Ziploc baggies, which come in a variety of sizes and are clear — can’t get better than that. The baggies are ideal for makeup, soap, shampoo, batteries, razors, coins, stamps, feminine protection, condoms and so on.
Compact umbrellas, phone chargers, sunscreen, sunglasses, ID’s are a must have while travelling. And remember: never pack your luggage without allowing growing room for all the new finds you will be bringing back. Thank you, Vancouver, for your hospitality. Your city is beautiful.
Brenda Borenstein is your professional organizing guru. Look for her column every second Thursday. For more tips and ideas, visit www.organizedzone.comor call 416-665-2165. Brenda has organized over a thousand homes and says, “There is nothing I haven’t seen and nothing that can’t be overcome.”