Getting ready for vacation? Simplify your packing by creating your own Pack List you use and update each time. Then follow these steps to get ready:
#1: Count the number of vacation days and start to plan that number of outfits in your notebook mixing and matching as you go.
#2: Ask what everyone is looking forward to – and realize how rejuvenating time away can be.
#3: Use the same shoe colors to get more outfits with less items.
#4: Create a “5 Day Countdown Pack List” to be ready to go: (If you are only going to be gone 1-3 days, condense it into 3 days.)
Start Counting Down the Days to Get Organized:
5 days before: Cover mail pickup, pet arrangements and lawn care.
4 days before: Clear your desk and wrap up all paper and emails. Put airline tickets/ directions in a special folder to take along and find easily on your trip.
3 days before: Finish the laundry and pack the essentials today.
2 days before: Empty the fridge and get trip snacks ready.
1 day before: Close down email, pack your suitcase, and get a good night’s sleep.
Bonus Steps: Treat yourself to a pedicure and a new magazine the week before so you can wiggle your toes in the sand and relax. Be sure to leave anything behind that stresses you. Pack up and head out the door for a great time.
Now you’re ready. And I’m confident you will have a fresh perspective when you come back. NOTE: Keep a Travel Notebook (small ring binder or a list on your iPhone or iPad). Add things to remember every trip until it was fine tuned and you can count on your customized Pack List. Keep this little notebook with your suitcase or travel bag to make sure you get the essentials with you.
Otherwise make do with what you bring and shop for new things on your vacation. Enjoy! Do you have a Pack List? What have you learned to save you time packing?
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