Let’s see a show of virtual hands: who usually heads into a trip feeling rushed and stressed? 🙋🏻 🙋🏻
I do, I do, I do!
And I’ve decided that needs to stop. I hate walking into an airport already stressed to the max, exhausted from lack of sleep, and wishing I had spent more time soaking up extra puppy cuddles since they’ll be lacking for however long I’ll be gone.
I have a trip coming up and as it approaches I’ve thought about what I can do to lower my stress and leave feeling rested, calm and ready for vacation.
1 // Cross Non-Essentials Off the To-Do List.
I always have this idea that I’m going to accomplish a massive to-do list before I leave, but it’s not realistic. I made sure to leave off things I’d like to do and create a list of only things I need to do… things that have an actual impact on my trip or that will be due while I’m gone.
2 // Pack early.
Every time I plan a vacation I decide I’m going to pack early… and I never do. That usually leads to frantic packing the night before I leave. I’ve gotten better about it and no longer finish and slide into bed at 2am, but I hate leaving all my packing until the night before I leave. And with this vacation I can’t, because I planned a Bible study with a few friends that night. So, I already have a packing list and I pulled out my suitcases this weekend. I’m hoping that packing early will also prevent the usual “did-I-forget-something” panic that has me throwing extra items into my bag as I walk out the door.
3 // Yoga.
Workouts leading up to a vacation are usually pretty non-existent for me, but I always feel like I need them the most during that time. Working out makes me feel good and I love the idea of making sure that I do yoga regularly leading up to a trip so that I’m relaxed and have done plenty of stretching before sitting on airplanes and in airports for a day.
4 // Get lots of puppy cuddles.
The worst thing about packing last minute, is having my sweet pup watch me while I do, wishing I could use that time to sit with her and spend some extra time getting in puppy cuddles before I leave. Spending extra time with Little One before we’re separated for a week will be so worth the lighter to-do list and packing early.
5 // Sleep!
Lack of sleep can lead to irritability and getting sick… two things that I don’t want to deal with while traveling. And it’s always the last of my priorities, which means I leave exhausted and cranky. Now, the crankiness doesn’t last through my trip, but it’s still not the attitude I want to go to the airport with. So, sleep. It’s gonna happen this time!
What about you? What do you prioritize or what would you like to prioritize before you leave on a trip?
PS – This basically means if I’m MIA for a bit with my usual posts, it’s so that I can focus on my five priorities. I have some book reviews scheduled, but other than those I might be a little quiet.
PPS – If you’d like to see sneak peaks of the prep and see what I’m up to while on vacation, follow me on Snapchat (dreamsetcblog) and Instagram.