Traveling is one of my passions.
I love meeting new people, seeing how they live, and just talking to people from all over the world.
It can be overwhelming to coordinate all the details and organize all your clothes, so this is how I organize my trip:
1. Start making lists well in advance. These can include lists of things to pack, things to do, things to see, foods to try, etc.
2. Always carry extra plastic bags for dirty clothes, shoes, etc.
3. You don’t have to plan activities for each and every day, but at least if you have a rainy day, you can search your list and choose an indoor activity.
4. Expect to buy things while on vacation, so plan for this and take less with you. Plan to bring 10 kg less than your baggage allowance to have enough space for all your purchases.
5. Pick a color palette and stick to it. I usually pack fall colors like brown, yellow, orange, and green. Each pair of pants will match each of the tops.
6. Count the number of days you will be away and plan enough sets of clothes, remembering that you always need more tops than tops. Still, you won’t be wearing all of your clothes. Make a note of all the clothes you didn’t wear so you don’t pack too much the next time.
7. Pack travel-size toiletries or if you have some old hotel toiletries, use them. I keep my toiletry bag permanently packed and restocked immediately when I return from a trip. This saves me a lot of time because all I have to do is pack clothes.
8. Always carry a backpack. There is a reason why they are so popular with tourists: their hands are free to eat, navigate, carry water, etc.
9. If you read the Bible, the next time you go, don’t take the whole Bible with you. Just go to an online site and print a chapter for each day you will be away. You can try a different version of the Bible that you use regularly for more variety. The added convenience is that you don’t have to bring these pages with you.
10. Whether you’re flying or driving, take any magazines or e-books that have accumulated around your home. You can catch up on your reading and, again, leave the magazine or e-book in the airport lounge. I love doing this and it is the best way to catch up on reading magazines.
11. Carry a notebook to keep a journal or take some notes about the places you visit. It will help you remember your vacation more clearly, especially once you return home.
And now that you’re organized, have fun and enjoy your vacation.