There is No Place Like Home: How To End Your Travel Well


If you’re like me when you get home from travel you are so happy to be back in your nest you’re ready to flop into your favorite spot and soak it all in.

The last thing on your mind is laundry, unpacking blah blah blah.

These tips will help inspire you to end your travel well – especially if you are traveling with family.

It’s about a small perspective change – the idea that travel isn’t over until you’ve reset at home. That’s the last leg of your journey.

So, let’s explore some tips on how to end your travel well, with a focus on resetting your suitcase, tackling the laundry, and unpacking not just your belongings but also the memories.

Resetting Your Suitcase

The first step to ending your travel well is to tackle that suitcase. It’s likely filled with souvenirs, dirty clothes, and maybe a few surprises you forgot you picked up along the way. Here’s how to reset it effectively.

  1. Empty It Out: Start by taking everything out of your suitcase. Lay it all out on your bed or a clean surface so you can see what you’re dealing with. This is a lot easier with my all time favorite packing cubes. I didn’t get the whole packing cubes thing until I tried these and they are a game changer.
  2. Sort and Clean: Separate your dirty clothes from the clean ones. If you have any clothing that can be laundered at home, toss it in the laundry basket right away. Wipe down the inside of your suitcase to remove any dust or debris. I always recommend Thieves laundry detergentYou can grab it here and I’ll share how I use Thieves Laundry that lasts our family over six months.
  3. Pack Away Souvenirs: Organize the souvenirs and mementos you’ve collected during your trip. Find a dedicated space for them, whether it’s a shelf, a shadow box, or a scrapbook. This helps you cherish those memories and keep your space clutter-free.

Tackling the Laundry


Laundry can feel overwhelming after a trip, but it’s a crucial step in transitioning back to your daily routine. Here’s how to make it more manageable.

  1. Sort and Prioritize: Separate your laundry into different loads based on color and fabric. Prioritize the clothes you’ll need soon, like work attire, and wash those first.
  2. Multitask: While your washing machine is doing its magic, use that time to unpack and organize other parts of your home.
  3. Fold and Put Away: Once your laundry is done, fold or hang up your clothes immediately. Don’t let them sit in the laundry basket, as this can lead to wrinkles and more work later on.

Unpacking the Memories

Your trip isn’t truly over until you’ve unpacked the memories. Take the time to reflect on your experiences and preserve them:

  1. Journal Your Adventures: Write down your favorite moments, encounters, and emotions you felt during your travels. This can be a personal journal or a travel blog to share with others.
  2. Edit and Organize Photos: Sort through your travel photos and select the best ones. Create a digital album or print them to display at home.
  3. Plan Your Next Adventure: While reminiscing about your recent trip, start thinking about your next adventure. Having something to look forward to can make the return home more exciting.


Coming home after a journey is a chance to relish the familiar comforts of home while preserving the magic of your travels. By resetting your suitcase, tackling the laundry, and unpacking the memories, you can end your trip well and seamlessly transition back to your daily routine. Remember, there’s truly no place like home, and these steps can help you savor every moment of being there. Safe travels and happy homecomings!




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