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.

Reduce stress before a vacation by deciding what your priorities are and keeping them simple. Here are five of my priorities before a trip. // dreams-etc.com

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Reduce stress before a vacation by deciding what your priorities are and keeping them simple. Here are five of my priorities before a trip. // dreams-etc.com