by Penelope Loves Lists Contributor Jennifer Ahearn
I have lots of lists when I get ready to travel. We all do, right?
I might have a list of the things we want to do on our trip and even a shopping list for groceries once we arrive.
Sometimes I need a packing list of clothes that are weather-appropriate to our destination. (Coming from Arizona, my current wardrobe is almost never what I’ll need when I get there, so I have to think it through.)
I even have a paper version of my important phone numbers and frequent flyer account numbers. I put that in my orange travel folder along with other travel info that I’ve printed out. Paper!
Those things I’ve got on lock. They don’t cause me much angst because they are the “givens” of travel prep. It seems so obvious to make these lists, right?
But, when I’m getting ready to go on a trip, I start getting truly anxious about the things I need to do in the 24 hours beforehand–like giving the house a good cleaning and emptying the fridge, making sure my garbages are ready for the weekly pick up etc. There’s also the list of the things we’ll need in the actual act of travelling, like plane tickets, snacks and chargers.
You are not going to be surprised to find that I count on my travel checklist. Having these things on a list frees my mind from worrying that I’ll forget something in the last few hours. I keep them in a document with my other packing lists, etc. Having them all in one place means I can easily print them and also can refer to them together as a group every time a trip is coming up. This has saved me tons of effort over the course of time. We travel a lot!
I print out the list a few days before the trip and keep it on my kitchen counter with a pencil. Some of the things on the list need to be done at least a day before travel. Depending on departure time, some things I take care of the night before and some I handle right before leaving. Checking things off makes me sure I’m handling what needs to be done and gives me that cheap, little “check!” thrill.
I thought I’d share my list with you. Feel free to copy and modify for you own use.