The last three weeks have consisted of being various stages of ill and finally breaking down and going to the doctor only to find out I have inflamed and infected adenoids (drat not being of the day when they just took those out) and as a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding doing various wedding things, and practicing singing Ave Maria, in Latin, a cappella for her wedding (try doing that with swollen adenoids). And as we speak, I am packing to travel over 3,000 miles to my cousin’s wedding this weekend. Needless to say I have been busy and under the weather and that has been why I have not posted recently.
Since I will be traveling soon, I thought the next few posts should focus on organizing yourself with respect to traveling. As a self-proclaimed organization addict and others giving me the moniker “Organization Queen”, it seems only fitting that I should have systems for travel. And I do!
One of the things that I find most frustrating when I travel is getting to my destination only to discover that I had forgotten something. Often it was something important. I forgot the top and jacket to a suit I was going to wear to a business event. I forgot my bras once. And there have been a few other embarrassing things that I have managed to leave at home.
So when I started traveling frequently for my job several years back, I developed “the list”. It’s kind of a check list of sorts. It’s evolved over the years but the idea is pretty simple. I have pictures of my list below. It’s three pages but it includes my and my husband’s items and will eventually evolve to include our children. (We haven’t taken a true trip with our son yet.) I first started the list with things that were kind of obvious – pants, shirts, socks, underwear, shampoo, conditioner, etc. – and then expanded it include specific items unique to my husband or me. For example, I take a pill called intestinal formula to help with two health challenges I currently live with. No one else would need this on their list but they might need something like Iron supplement or insulin that would not be on my list. Regardless of whether general or specific, the items needed to be packed and so they went on the list.
I also put blank spaces to add as I pack for specific trips. For example, my upcoming trip is to Maine and New Hampshire so I need a scarf, hat and gloves where as my previous trip to sunny San Diego, sandals, T-shirts and shorts were more appropriate. If there is something I don’t need for that trip I cross it off the list before I start packing.
As I pack items, I then check them off the list. If I find that I add something such as this time I added Replenishing Serum which is a skin care product I use daily now, I will add it to the typed list as a checked item. That way I don’t have to remember next time. Also, on the top if page one, so I can determine how much of certain items are needed like underwear, I write the number of travel days, number of days there and if there are any special attire days.
Pretty simple huh? I swear this not only helps me not forget things but cuts my packing time in half. There is no overthinking involved so things go faster and less is forgotten.