Travel Organization Tips - The Surznick Common Room

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Travel Organization Tips

You may or may not know that Nick and I are not originally from Pittsburgh. The place I call home (still) is Lancaster, PA and Nick hails from a teensy town in Elk County, PA. Neither of us has any family close by so we've kind of become pros at taking weekend trips home to visit family and friends.

Through these many treks back and forth across the state, we've come up with a few packing and travel tips that help make our weekend excursions a bit easier. You ready for 'em? Here we go!

Store earrings and rings in empty EOS containers

You know those round EOS chapstick containers? Once they're cleaned out, they work super great for storing small jewelry like earrings and rings! On a daily basis, rings and earrings are the only jewelry that you will typically find me wearing, so I always travel with them. It's really nice to have a safe place to keep them instead of just tossing them in my backpack.

Store vitamins and medications in contact lens cases

The Surznick house has an abundance of spare contact lens cases because for whatever reason, each box of contact solution comes with a new one. Eventually I realized, "I'm going to be out of town for two days and this container has two sections - this is perfect for pills!" So now when Nick and I head out for the weekend, instead of taking like 5 different pill bottles, we each take one contact case with our Saturday and Sunday vitamins and medications. I spruced mine up with some stickers from my A Beautiful Mess Happy Mail kit! Perfect!

String necklaces through a straw to keep them untangled

I use this tip less than the others because I often don't take necklaces if I'm only traveling for a weekend, but this trick works wonders if you're toting a lot of necklaces with you. I'm sure many of you have experienced the inevitable necklace tangle debacle. It's never fun. Just string your necklace through a straw before clasping the end, and ta da! No more tangles!

Roll clothes to save space

Rolling your clothes is a great way to save space in your bag! This is another tip that I use more for long-distance travel because when you need to fit everything into one suitcase for an entire week, saving space is definitely a must. If you're concerned about wrinkles, rolling can be a disadvantage at times, but it's great for items that don't wrinkle easily, or items that you aren't worried about wrinkling, like pajamas. It's also a great one to keep in mind if you're moving. You can fit SO many clothes in one box or bag if you do the rolling method!

Pack a plastic bag for your dirty clothes

I'm a notorious over-packer, so at the end of a trip I'm always left with both clean and dirty clothes. I'm also someone that tries on various shirts before I choose the one I feel best in, so by the time I get home after the weekend, it's hard to remember what's clean and what's dirty since it's all put back into the same bag. To remedy this issue, I started packing an empty plastic bag with me for the weekend. After I wear something and deem it dirty, it goes into the plastic bag. After I get home from our travels, everything that was in the plastic bag gets dumped right into my hamper for washing!

We hope that these tips help you on your next excursion! Personally, it's giving me a bit of a travel bug... where to next?! Have a great week!

Sarah & Nick


  1. I like the EOS tip! We're definitely big on maximizing space. When we moved I was impressed at how much stuff I was able to pack--one of my favorite tricks is packing things inside shoes (i.e. socks)....possibly because Iove shoes and tend to pack a lot of them...

    1. That's a great idea! I'll have to remember that next time I'm planning a trip!

  2. Great packing tips! I love the rings in the EOS container. I never would have thought about that. The vitamins in the contacts case is great too. I've never tried rolling my clothes for packing. Do they end up looking wrinkled at all??

    1. Sometimes! That's why it's best to use clothes that don't wrinkle easily, or things like pajamas. But it's definitely a space saver!

  3. i LOVE the eos tip!
    i had been thinking of ways to use em afterwards!
    how did you gut it out? im so interested!

    1. Thanks! It was almost empty, but we just used a knife to clean out the rest of the chapstick and then used an Xacto knife to cut the plastic pieces inside. Easy peasy!