Finally, an Organizing Tip

This week’s massive snowstorm fell on the day we’d chosen to drive home from vacation. We watched the red rocks and green pinon pines of Utah turn into the more subdued hues of “Colorful Colorado” and then at Colorado Springs, the blizzard hit. Zero visibility shut I25 for 32 miles and there we were, searching the hotels surrounding the freeway for a vacant room. Finally found one  –  Best Western, a fabulous experience as they actually reduced the price thanks to the snow emergency and then cheerfully took wonderful care of the dozens of stranded motorists filling their lobby all evening.

It was then that I realized how useful my little overnight bag is. I always pack one for each of us so we don’t have to haul all our suitcases inside just for a quick stop.

Toothbrush, toothpaste, pajamas. Contact lens case and solution. A book, a snack and a bottle of water. A set of clean clothes for the morning. I was so thankful I’d bothered to put these bags together as we struggled across the icy parking lot of the hotel, heads down against the driving snow and each carrying one lightweight bag instead of dragging unwieldy suitcases full of dirty laundry.

What would you put in your overnight bag?

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Glad you and your family made it home safely! Thanks for sharing such a great travel tip!

    1. Thanks Sarah, it was an adventure!

  2. I always tuck the same items, plus a few feminine protection products!

    1. That’s what I was missing! Great idea Seana.

  3. So smart! Those same items should be in a carry-on bag if you’re flying and checking luggage. One time my plane was overbooked and they offered a free night in a hotel and a free future flight to anyone who would stay over and fly out the next day, but all my personal items were in my checked luggage, so I didn’t take advantage of it.

    1. How frustrating, Janet! This little bag sure does give us more flexibility when the unexpected turns up.

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