I can’t board a plane without referencing a travel checklist. This is an absolute fact. Truth be told… I have a terrible memory. When I wake in the morning, I usually figure out what I need to accomplish throughout the day and make a pretty comprehensive to-do list. Heck, I even make one for my husband. That’s why we will probably be in therapy in a few years. I micromanage until I suffocate everyone to the brink of their lives. It’s exhausting. It’s actually my superpower. Ok, between you and me – I’m quite proud of myself for this ability. I get it all done – whatever IT might be. But not without a backup. And when I am heading on a trip for work or for play… I need a travel checklist.
You might think that you can wing this the morning of, but you will be better off either creating a standard travel checklist that you print off from your computer right before you pack as part of your packing strategy OR you could purchase something that is already available online.
There are certain things you cannot forget. In my case, it’s my migraine medication. And I’ve done it… and it was terrible. The pills are not just something I can skip because if I miss too many days, it can bring on a seizure. So, I had to call up my doctor and my insurance company and get something filled in the middle of nowhere. Who wants to deal with that? Not me! Travel checklist. Say it with me! Say it out loud. Say it like you mean it.
Normally, when we think about travel, we tend to focus on our bucket lists. Or we get so caught up worrying about how we are going to manage the kids while we are away. But your trip begins the moment you bring down that suitcase. So, start thinking about how you can streamline the process. Here are my picks for some great travel checklist products you can purchase online.
Travel Checklist Favorites:
- Knock Knock Pack This! Pad
- She Packs! 1-5 Day Packing Planner & Checklist
- Travel Checklist Note Pad *Jumbo
- Packing List (Lonely Planet)
- Packing List Printable
- Vacation Planning Printable
- Complete Travel Printable
- Travel PDF
- Trip Packing Organizer
I want to note that most of these travel checklist options are tearsheet pads. But you will find some that just reference notes. It all depends on what you like. Some people like to cross off lists while others like to save paper and just review. Totally up to you. There are so many benefits to travel. I’m just trying to help you get to the good stuff as quickly as possible.
Another option to consider is to find an APP that works similar to one of these pads. There are plenty available for free. Personally, this does NOT work for me. I am a paper and pencil kind of gal. But like I said at the start of this article, you could always create your own travel checklist in Word and then just print it out every time you are set to go away. You don’t NEED to buy anything. But you do NEED to be prepared and on top of your game.
How do you prepare for your upcoming travels? Do you use a travel checklist?
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