When someone mentions streamlining a process, you expect it to be John at the office who is excited about the company’s new filing system. You probably don’t think about it when it comes to vacation, though. But simplifying the way you travel alleviates a lot of the stress that comes with planning and packing for a trip. If you’re looking to get more enjoyment out of your vacation, follow these streamlining tips:

A Little Legwork Goes a Long Way

Doing some research and making basic plans before your trip will save you a lot of stress and wasted time. Instead of taking the possibility for spontaneity out of your trip, a little bit of preparation gives you a lot more flexibility.

1. Familiarize yourself with the rules. If you are traveling by air, make sure you know the TSA rules and your airline’s baggage weight and size restrictions. Just doing a quick website check before you go will save you a headache at the airport.

2. Choose accommodations. If you know you are staying in a certain location on set dates, make reservations ahead of time. It’s stressful and time consuming to arrive at your destination and then have to run around trying to find a place to sleep. If your plans are variable, have a few options at the ready.

3. Research local attractions. Having a trip planned down to the minute is a recipe for disaster, but you should do a little bit of research into local attractions and activities. You don’t want to get somewhere, hear about the coolest concert, play or live event happening only to learn you needed to get tickets weeks in advance or find out you missed an amazing historical landmark once you got home.

Pack Like a Pro

Making smart packing choices goes a long way toward streamlining your travel. Let go of the idea that you can pack something for every possible event and commit yourself to only bringing what you can easily carry.

1. Pack clothes that mix and match with each other. Make sure each top goes with multiple bottoms and vice versa. Pick a color scheme and only pack clothing that fits within that scheme.

2. Choose light layers. Thin fabrics take up less room in your suitcase and give you more mix and match options.

3. Accessorize. Accessories take up a small amount of space, but help stretch an outfit so it can be worn in multiple ways. A plain black dress can be worn during the day with simple flats and dressed up at night with a colorful scarf.

4. Limit your shoe options. Shoes are one area that you have to make some tough choices about because they take up a lot of space. Bring a pair that is comfortable to walk around in and wear your bulkiest pair of shoes on the plane.

5. Pack to maximize space. For shirts and lightweight bottoms, roll the items tightly into balls to save space instead of packing them flat. For bulkier items, like sweaters, use compression bags to cut the size in half. Don’t forget the space inside your shoes, too, which is perfect for rolled up socks.

Take Advantage of Technology

One of the best tools for streamlining your travel is a good smartphone. For personal travel, a smartphone is the only piece of technology you need. A smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy 7 serves as your phone, e-reader, camera, email, map, video screen and much more.

1. Download your boarding pass. Many airlines allow you to use a mobile boarding pass, eliminating the need to print it and risk losing it.

2. Use travel apps. There are many great travel apps that help with everything from packing lists (Packing Pro), to weather forecasts for your road trip (Road Trip Weather), to digital postcards for your friends (Touchnote Postcards).