The Single Most Important Thing to Do Before Traveling
I'm aware that this is a bit of a no-brainer, but I'm a firm believer that the single most important thing you can do before a trip is make a packing list. But not just any packing list. Perhaps it's the former executive assistant in me, but I'd consider myself a very detail-oriented trip planner, which manifests itself in my all-important packing list.
Sure, you can always buy something you forgot when you arrive at your destination, but I'd prefer to not deal with the hassle of locating something I need in a strange city. I'll also do anything I can to cut down on the time that it takes to actually pack.
Therefore, I developed a packing list strategy many years ago that I use for every single trip I take—even if it's just one night long. To fill you in so that you, too, can make the dreaded process of packing a little easier, I've laid out my method below, which includes a sample packing-list template that I follow every time. Feel free to print it out the next time you have an impending trip!
Keep scrolling to find out how to construct a perfect packing list, and don't forget to shop our travel essentials at the end.
You'll be so glad when it comes down to actually putting things in your suitcase if your list is as thorough as possible. For example, instead of saying "top and skirt" for one of your outfits, list exactly which top and skirt, along with the shoes and accessories you'll pair with it. The same goes for non-clothing items. This will help you to avoid over- or under-packing. Check items off as you go.
There are certain items you're going to need to pack at the very last minute (i.e. your toothbrush and phone charger). Mark those items with an asterisk or any other symbol or letter that will catch your eye, or try highlighting them. This will be a lifesaver when you're scrambling to get out the door to catch a flight.
Do you have any packing-list strategies of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!
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