Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Preparation: Packing List

One aspect that contributes to a pleasant and safe drive is the organization that goes into preparing for the trip. This is really important if you are traveling alone. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, you should not have to stop and wonder if you happened to pack the item you need. If you are organized, you will know what you have with you.

Years ago I would write down everything I wanted to pack for my trip. I would save the list and use it to make a new list every year. Now I have the list on the computer ready to print off whenever I need it. I revise the list when I return from my trip to accurately reflect what items have been used or unused.

One way to make the packing list is to put a piece of paper on a clipboard and take it with you during your day in the house. Notice what things you use. Write them on the list. When you get ready for your day, notice items such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, toothpaste, toothbrush. Think about what clothes you want to take. Write down every single item!

Visualize what your drive will entail. Think about things such as a GPS, cds, books on cd, tissues, change, sunglasses, atlas, drinks, food, pen and paper. Write it all down. Try to anticipate what kinds of emergencies you may encounter and make sure the have the items to deal with it.

Driving cross country is a huge undertaking. Having a packing list keeps you focused to make sure your  preparation is as complete as it can possibly be.

(Photo of packing list taken in 2011)

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