Optional Extras| The Packing Tool

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I love travelling. I love lists. I’ve generally always made lists with colour, but when hand-written, all to soon a lovely, neat list can turn into a mess of muddy brown that is nigh on impossible to follow. With a digital list, the colours will remain as organised as your packing, or at least that’s the goal.

I took a wee weekend trip up to Scotland not long ago, and for the first time I decided to put my new-found ms excel obsession to good use and create my packing list there.

I tell you what, I could have done with this when I was travelling back and forth to Asia… I missed a trick with that one, but you don’t have to! Read on for the in’s and out’s of the spreadsheet, and the download below.

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It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I’ll give a wee run through.

We have four main headings:

  • Category
  • Item
  • Quantity
  • Option (1-5)

You can also see the total number of items and the total number packed. Where an item is marked green, a “1” has been entered, indicating the item is packed. Where an item is marked red, an “x” has been entered, indicating the item has not been packed. When an item is marked blue, this has been marked with a “w”, indicating that the item will be worn.

The thirteen categories, in the form of a drop-down menu, are:

  • Tops
  • Knitwear
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • Underwear
  • Outerwear
  • Shoes
  • Medicine
  • Technology
  • Toiletries
  • Makeup
  • Accessories
  • Other

I figured this list was fairly comprehensive, covering most items you might need on any given trip.

I cannot begin to extol the virtues of how useful this was and how effective it made my packing – at least on the way up to Scotland. I’m pretty excited about my next trip north, with the added challenge of wedding attire thrown in, and can’t wait to get packing!


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