I like to pack for a trip by getting up in the morning and getting dressed.
I put everything into my cosmetic bag that I put on, as I use it.
I usually take too many clothes, and sometimes not the right things. At least I think about what I might need. Shoes are the single most important item. Nothing is worse than being unable to walk because your feet hurt.
I usually get more done just getting ready to go. It is the best time to clear my desk too. Sometimes I take organizational tasks with me and find it easy to take care of them while I’m gone and there aren’t so many things to do!
However the main thing is being able to focus on having a good time and “being with ” everyone you’re with on a trip!
Pack the best attitude possible and the rest will fall into line for you! It always does for me.
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Packing bags, getting ready seems like such a job.
Details, details, details. I’m not a list maker, but I believe I will become one! Going away from home for more than a weekend there are many things that just simply have to be done. Bills paid? Everyone notified? Arrangements for other people to do things every day? A place to stay? Reservations for a car and activities? Documents in order? Laundry? Packing? So for the first part, a great deal of planning and energy goes into getting ready. This builds anticipation of something fun to come and that is exciting. Getting ready is a booster to morale! There is a drop-dead deadline. When it is time to leave for a flight, you’ve got to be ready!
Then the relaxation begins. Even before arriving, there’s some time to read, to think, to relax. Traveling itself is very exciting and fun.
Nice that a vacation in another place is the experience of a time-stops-still kind of pace. Instead of clock time, everything is “in the moment.” Drink it in, savor it. It is a click-click-click in the mind as though a camera were recording every moment!
The third reason for me is returning. It is not with sadness, it is happiness and a new perspective! Energized! Being refreshed and having been pampered there’s a new energy of expectation of how I want my life and surroundings to be! So a part of the “vacation brought home” involves the vision of and what I can do to be better and to do better.