Spring is finally here and as you clean out your closets and homes, don’t forget to do the same to all your travel needs.
Think about it…We pack our clothes, personal care items, shoes, dirty clothes, and so much more in our suitcase and bags within our suitcase. We then place our suitcases, carry-on bags, and what not on planes where so many people touch them and on floors and other surfaces, where germs and dirt abound! YUCK!
If you’re like most people, you never really think about wiping down your suitcase or cleaning out your personal effects bag when you get home. So, take time now to not only really clean your travel supplies, but make sure they’re all in working and proper order. Make this a part of your Spring Cleaning routine.
Here are some tips for spring cleaning for travelers.
Follow all care instructions for your suitcase. Be sure to clean inside and out, wiping down all handles, locks, and pulls, too. Open up the suitcase completely and either wipe the inside with a mild soap mixture and leave open to dry or spray with an air dry natural clothing spray. Inspect all your luggage and make sure the locks and zippers are all in working order and there are no tears. Get anything repaired that needs to be.
Take time to check all your luggage tags and yes, wipe them down, too. Make sure your name and phone number are clear, easy to find, and up to date.
Now is a good time to tackle the backpacks, both for adults and the kids. My husband and I both carry one and fill them with dirty gym clothes. Just think of what has gone in these bags and where they have been left – floors, toilets, etc. If you can, it might be a good idea to machine wash – just be sure to check with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Wash your packing cubes as directed and make sure you let them air dry completely. I like to turn these inside out when washing, just to make sure I clean the area where the dirty clothes have been.
Personal Needs Bags
With a mild soap and hot water, completely wipe out and rinse personal needs bags. I also like to use a little alcohol wipe to clean, once they’re completely dry, as this is where the most germs can grow. If you use plastic bags, throw them away and start with new ones.
Personal Care Bottles and Tubes
Empty and clean them! Throw away all the product that is in them and start new. If you can’t get rid of the product after a good soaking, discard. Any that you have had all year that have been opened, like toothpaste, make-up, and creams should be thrown out. Start new.
If you are anything like me, I use the same carry-on bag and keep everything in it. Spring is the time I empty it out completely. I throw away all mints, gum, and what not and wipe down all the pockets. I clean my earphones and all my cords with a damp cloth and lay them out to dry. I then restock it all. Truth is, I usually find all kinds of goodies in there, most of which are trash.
If you don’t travel with an emergency kit you should. But if you do, check all the expiration dates and restock. When I did mine this year, my bandaids were so old the wrapping was a little yellow….If I know I used it on vacation, I replace right when I get home so I don’t forget.
Update all Personal Information
Check all your lists and copies of frequent flyer numbers, passport, photo ID, hotel loyalty programs, club memberships, and anything else. Make sure all numbers, points, expiration dates, and contact information is up-to-date and not about to expire, especially that passport.
Make sure you keep all phone numbers handy and put in your phone contact list for easy access when you may need them in a hurry during your travels. Also, check all your loyalty and frequent flyer points to make sure you don’t have any about to expire, if you do not use them.
Make time to take care of your travel spring cleaning, so you are ready for your next year in travel.
For more great spring cleaning content,be sure to check out these awesome posts written by my fellow Chosen Chix bloggers:
- Spring Cleaning Checklists – Free Printables by November Sunflower
- 5 Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Fun by The Mommy-Files
- How to Declutter Your iPhone by philZENdia
- 15 ways to be more eco friendly when you clean by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
- 7 Simple Spring Cleaning Hacks by Family Review Guide
- Declutter Your Makeup Bag in Five Steps by The Afropolitan Mom