The Power of Lists

Getting ready for a trip can be very stressful. There are endless things to remember to do before you leave home and lots of things to remember to pack. The latter can be particularly important because sometimes, when traveling, you cannot find the items you need or they are very expensive. This is where lists become helpful.

People who travel a lot may keep the items they normally take with them in a drawer or in a box but infrequent travelers probably don’t do that. The best solution is to keep a list of all the items you will need and then check them off as you put them in your suitcase. This can include simple items like shampoo, conditioner, etc. or packs of cold medications, band aides and the like. If you’re traveling with children, a separate list of their items will also make for a happier journey for all.

The other list that comes in handy is all of the things that need to be done before you head to the airport or get in the car for a road trip. This can include things like shutting off the icemaker and the hot water, backing up computers, charging electronic devices and even unplugging the coffee pot. Once these things are checked off your specific list, you will get on the road feeling a lot more relaxed, knowing that all your travel prep was taken care of.


Sample Lists

Travel Prep:  

  • Turn up air conditioner temp
  • Shut off ice maker
  • Unplug coffee pot
  • Dump trash
  • Shut off hot water
  • Shut off water
  • Back-up/charge tech devices
  • Stop mail
  • Close toilet lids (prevent evaporation)

Things to Take:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Lotion: face, body
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Razor, shaving cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Chapstick
  • Hair spray
  • Dry shampoo

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