Traveling is a taxing process for most: packing, planning, cleaning, organizing…it can be quite a headache, especially if you don’t have much time to prepare.
As I prepare for my mini vacay this week, I’m reminded of a few of my favorite tips to keep my cool before, during, and after my trip!
Recreate Your Sleep Environment
Losing sleep when you travel is one of the worst things that can happen – a different bed, a room that’s too hot, or a lumpy pillow can throw you off for the worse. Get ahead of the curve by bringing your own pillow, a couple different types of PJs, something to create white noise if you’re sensitive to sound, an eye mask to keep out stray rays of early morning sun, and ear plugs if you’re really worried about being in a high-traffic hotel with noisy visitors. Keeping items like this with you will ensure you have the best chance at getting some quality sleep so you perform well during your business trips or enjoy your vacation that much more.
Pack an Extra Charger
With our society as technology dependent as we are, it can be devastating to settle into your destination with your phone / iPad / computer at 10% battery and realize you left your charger at home. I usually pack an extra charger in my purse so I’m sure not to forget it, because the last thing I want to do is have to buy another charger as soon as I get where I’m going. (This goes for car chargers too, which can be life -or rather phone- savers if the worst should happen.)
Bring Some Snacks
Sure, you dream of breakfast in bed, lunch at the chic restaurant in the hotel, and dinner at some fancy steakhouse nearby, but the reality is you’ll probably still be raiding the vending machine in the hall at 10:30 p.m. because you’re in a new environment or kicking your heels up. Take a few of your favorite snacks – bonus points if they involve fruits, veggies, nuts, or the like – just to make sure you don’t end up settling for a stale Snickers bar when you could be satisfied with something you already have with you.
Don’t Forget Your Meds
Whether it’s a multivitamin or something more, pack a few extra doses so you’re sure to stay on track. If you’re worried you might lose them in your travels, put them in your pocket, in your purse, or in the car so you remember to keep them with you and can take them when you need to.
Bring Something to Read
Or a game to play, or a task you’ve been putting off that you’ll have a little time for. Just because you can get up early and see the entire city you’re staying in doesn’t mean you’ll want to for every second of the day. Prepare for fun and/or productive down-time so you’re not stuck watching the original episodes of All My Children on the TV you can’t figure out.
Make an Itinerary
Even if you never use it your entire trip, it will help you think about things you need to bring – i.e., sunscreen and a ball cap if you’re planning to golf, or a bathing suit if you’re planning to spend some time in the hot tub – and make the list of things you forgot that much shorter.
Prepare to Come Home
My mama has always done this and it has made us enjoy our vacations so much more. Get in the habit of cleaning your house, doing your laundry, and picking up a few groceries for the day you get home so all you have to do is land / park / walk in.
How do you prep for a trip?