OK I am kind of panicking as I write this.
I have three glorious weeks of travel coming but with that comes the anxiety and stress of getting everything set up to go, go, go.
Because I’m a Type-A crazy (let’s get serious – I believe these are all excellent qualities) I of course have a system that I’ve put in place to help manage the many things that need to get done and help me take off with ease.
It was recently pointed out to me that I am a planner (SHOCKING!) but I’m sorry, I like get ahead of things because I seriously cannot handle leaving them to the last minute and in case you’re interested, I’m sharing how I prep with you.
1. List out my required appointments
I try to time my appointments around when I travel to maximize the results and minimize the margin for error prior to leaving. Nobody wants a chipped nail two days before they have to leave with no time in the sched to fix it.
Here’s what I typically get done before I go:
- Eyelash Extensions
- Wax Appointment
- Hair Appointment
I try to workout knowing that at least 48 hours before I go, I may not be able to schedule some fitness. With a wax or eyelash extensions you often cannot workout 24 hours after so I do my best to schedule these last so I can exercise as far up to my trip as possible. With a mani/pedi I’m now a little more relaxed and usually get these done two nights before I leave. The mani is always gel so I just have to be careful when packing (legit the amount of times I’ve broken my nail trying to close a suitcase) and my pedi I just run the risk if I workout once more after. At this point I have a nail place on standby wherever I’m going. Yes I know I’m intense.
I don’t always do my hair prior to leaving but if I’m gone for a long time I want to make sure I have fresh color and no major cut is needed because nothing is worse than being away and your hair not working. It is just annoying.
2. Create My Packing List
My packing list is a prized possession that I have shared with friends over the years. Yes, my friends text me when they’re packing and ask for “the list” to ensure they’ve checked all the boxes.
I will share the detailed list at a later time but here are the basics:
- Bras (including sport bras)
- Socks (rolled + stuffed into my shoes)
- T-shirts: White, Black or Grey
- T-shirts: Vintage (usually whichever color I didn’t pick above, i.e. if I pack a plain white tee, I’ll pack my black Beatles vintage – get it?)
- A black belt: great for jeans and to update a blazer look
- A blazer: either a neutral or plaid and this can also double as a coat for a casual denim day lewk
- My denims: you know I liiiive for my denims so I pack a skinny, mom jean, black with no rips (to wear at night), shorts if necessary
- A pair of black trousers (I love the Babaton Conan Pant SO MUCH)
- Two evening wear tops: to go with denim or trousers
- Jackets: one denim, black leather, a neutral or print that could work day or night
- A sweater: white or grey // knit or cardigan
- LBD: aka Little Black Dress that you can wear out with a jacket or with that blazer belted
- Pajamas and Sweats for lounging: a couple comfy t-shirts that I can reuse to workout in
- Workout pants (I travel in one pair on the way there and then reuse them to workout)
- Sneakers: one that can double as a workout pair (I like my Air Max’s), Vans or Superga’s
- Heels/Boots: Black always and a nude/neutral print
- Bathers/Cover Ups and a pair of flip flops if I’m going tropical
- Bags: I bring my Neverfull as a carry on and then put bags within my bag depending on what I’m bringing
- Sunnies: usually you can fit 2-3 pairs in one case to bring more
- Accessories: including jewelry, scarves (these can be tops, hair accessories and ya, scarves)
This all depends on how long I’m traveling for and ya, it seems extensive but ‘scuze you literally need all of this stuff.
The crazy continues.
3. Ask Yourself All the Questions
So once I have the above done, my last piece before I go is to just make sure I have the essentials.
I ask myself so many questions to ensure that I am really ready to go.
- Do I have the proper quantity needed on the above checklist?
- Are my passport and wallet in my carry on?
- Which terminal am I going to?
- What time do I need to be there?
- Does everything weigh what it’s supposed to?
- What are my reservation numbers for my hotel/AirBnB/Car Rental?
Now that you’ve experienced the prep in my head, I apologize and am also curious if you think I’m even more nutty or if this gave you sense of ease.
Whatever your belief, just know that doing all of this really makes me feel like I can get to the airport feeling lighter and less stressed.
And while I do my best to stick to the plan, I also don’t beat myself up if I can’t get to everything I’d like to.
At the end of the day, if I forget something I can buy it, borrow it or go without it.
So tell me: what are you packing prep tips? I am eager to know!