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6 Travel Organizing Tips-part I

Overscheduling and overpacking are forms of clutter. Even the stress that we feel traveling is clutter. How can we pre-emptively de-clutter?

When we travel, not only are we sleeping and abluting in places that are not our own, we are surrounded by completely different stuff. Some of us find it relaxing, some of us find it stressful, and some of us barely notice. Remember, Preparation Prevents Panicking. The more prepared we are, the better chance we have of eliminating stress and enjoying our time away.

Here are 6 tips (reminders) to make travel more pleasant:

Be Prepared:

  1. Confirm you have your ID and it is VALID
  2. Confirm your flight/bus/train LOCATION, TERMINAL, and GATE
  3. Leave 2-3 times the amount of time to get there
  4. Pack the day before (am I kidding? Who does that? More on this soon)
  5. Bring all your chargers-cell phone, computer, camera, Ipod, etc.
  6. Think through what you will need when you RETURN- your metrocard, keys, outfit to go straight to an event, etc, and bring it with you.

Every thing we do is an opportunity to enjoy ourselves. The key is to treat ourselves as if we DID have the capacity to prepare, be organized, and ENJOY OURSELVES! To do this, we need to meet our needs before we leave, rather than realizing what we forgot as we run, breathless and desperate, through terminals when it is just too late. And yes, I speak from very recent experience!

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