Whether you are going home for Christmas or you are traveling somewhere fancy, there is still a lot of fuss about packing and having everything you need while you are away from your trusted closet. Here is a list of things I like to do before my travelings to help ease up on the preparation.
First rule: Plan, plan, plan
Before I drag the suitcases in the middle of the room, I usually do a little planning. I start with a mental check of the place that I am going, the amount of bags I am allowed to bring, this is especially for when I travel by plane, where am I staying and of course, what am I planning to do while away. If I am on a city break, I will have to prepare for many kilometers of walking, if I go to the beach, then I will need something to read, so I must know what I should be focusing on.
I usually check the weather report just to get an idea of what I should pack, but even so, I like to prepare for both the best and the worst-case scenario. Also, at this point is best to check if there are things you know you want to do and buy the tickets online. It saves you a lot of time and, sometimes, even money. While I am at this point, I also like to print a map or download the mobile version, where I pinpoint the places I want to go to.
If you are fond of lists, this is the time you should get your pen and paper to put everything down. I like the checklist idea since I do not want to miss anything. Usually, I start with the mornings and what will I need in the morning and get all the way to the end of the day. This is for the list of basic necessitates like toothpaste and toothbrush, make-up, underwear, socks, pajamas, make-up removal, etc.
Second rule: Getting ready takes time, so give it to yourself.
Don’t rush when it comes to packing, it will result in a lot of frustration and it’s possible that you will forget important things. I like to start the packing at least a few hours before I have to leave, this way I don’t have to panic that I will not make it on time. I start by getting the necessities in based on the check-list and after that, I think about the outfits that I want to take. I usually pack versatile items, that allow me to mix and match so I can have a new combination each day.
After I am done with the selection, I take a break and do something to drift away from this all. After a period of time I come back to the suitcase and reevaluate the choices I made and if possible take pull stuff out. Right before I zip things up, I look once again over the check-list and then I declare the packing done.
If the time allows me, I love to take a relaxing bath or shower before I go. Also if it is during the morning I love to pass by my favorite coffee shop to enjoy a cup before hitting the road.
Last rule: Traveling should be fun not stressful!
If you go by plane, make sure you get to the airport in time, you don’t want to be running like crazy, begging people to let you skip the line in order to catch your flight. If you go by car, you don’t want to hit rush hour and stay in traffic for hours. If you go by bus, you should be there in time to get the good seats. I haven’t traveled for long distances by train for a while, but I guess the same rules apply, so be there on time.
Another thing that I do when traveling is wearing extremely comfy clothes and shoes. I prefer comfort over beauty when it comes to this. As for when I have very long flights, I never leave without my airplane pillow. I am having trouble slipping and this little accessory works wonders for me, so make sure you try it.
Last but not least, books and magazines. Traveling is my number one excuse to buy magazines! Nowadays we have replaced old-fashioned magazines with online ones, but the feeling and the smell of the real thing cannot be replaced. So every excuse I find for buying the printed version, I take. I know it is not good for the environment, this being the reason I no longer subscribe to them, but every once in a while I love buying glossy magazines. What better companion for the road or the sky?
We all have our own habits when it comes to packing and traveling. A while ago, for me, this was a severe case of stress and anxiety. Nowadays I take it as a normal task that I have to complete and I do my best to make it fun since it is all added to the experience of traveling. Happy packing everyone, I hope you find my routine useful!