After you come home from your trip, you’ll want to unpack fully, but what do you do with your backpack or suitcase? More importantly, what about the extra pieces of travel gear, the little things you don’t use in everyday life?
If you don’t have a system for storing travel gear at home, it’s time to make one. Having everything neat, clean and tidy can help to prolong the life of your gear and just help you to pack faster and smarter every time you hit the road.
No more rummaging through drawers and closets trying to remember where your passport was placed (and having a minor freak out in the process).
Here are some ideas to get you started:
As soon as you get home, clean your bag with a wet washcloth or something similar to take off dirt and grime from the baggage carousel and sidewalks. Try to avoid damp places, but if you do keep a bag in your basement, I recommend putting it in a trash bag to keep it clean and dry between uses. I also have a storage trunk from Walmart that holds my backpacks and duffels between trips. It has wheels, which helps when you move houses.
Assorted Small Items
There are dozens of items I only use on trips, like tote bags, my luggage scale and packing cubes, so I’ve created a plastic Rubbermaid container just for these random items. I also keep a toiletries bag full of TSA sized items at all times so I can throw it in my bag at a moment’s notice.
This method keeps me from running around like a crazy person when preparing for a trip because everything has a specific home.
Items like your passport shouldn’t be stored just anywhere. Get a fireproof lock box for your essential documents, receipts for insured electronics and any leftover foreign currency. It’s important to keep these items safe in case of an emergency.