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.

Do you have any packing-list strategies of your own? Share them with us in the comments below!

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