Got a Travel Template? It Helps, as Do These 5 Tips

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A travel template helps you pack…

When you travel, how much of a hassle is it to pack and prepare?

Do you feel like you spend way too much time basically reinventing the wheel as you decide what to carry with you and what to leave at home?

Do you over-pack? Under pack? The variations on this travel angst theme are endless.

So, yes, finding time to organize for traveling can be a major time management and planning challenge because there are so many variables involved.

Travel variables to consider…

So, for starters you need to consider things like:

  • How long you’ll be gone,
  • The purpose of your trip,
  • The season,
  • Events you’ll be participating in, and
  • Other key details.

And then, if you’re not going to be traveling alone, are there others you need to help prepare? Is this a sudden trip or a long-planned vacation?

Self-knowledge helps, too…

It’s also really helpful to factor in what you know about yourself. For example, if you tend to over-pack, you may need to weed out some of the ‘extras.’ want to be very specific about details like how many pairs of socks to bring.

That might mean getting very specific about details like how many pairs of socks to bring. And it might mean stopping yourself at various points along the way, as you reflexively add ‘just one more’ last-minute item.

There’s a lot to consider as you organize for any trip.

Here are 5 tips that work for me:

  • Create a generic “travel template” on your computer for each different type of trip that you take. You might have a generic vacation template, along with business, family visit, or weekend getaway templates.
  • If you help other family members prepare for travel, have individualized templates for each of them on your computer, too. (I suggest that you keep these on your computer because it is so easy to tweak your templates there.)
  • Once you have the generic templates in place, get more specific. What are you adding or taking away for this particular trip? You can file your specific templates by date, person, category – whatever works for you.
  • Create one basic template for “sudden travel” so that you have a guide for trips that you might need to make in an emergency. A template serves as a much-needed guide when you are stressed and may not be thinking clearly.
  • When your trip is over, be sure to revisit your template and make any changes that will be helpful next time. Are there things you didn’t have but want to be sure to remember for your next trip? Now’s the time to add them.

Try it for yourself…

Templates are great for many, many purposes – and for travel they are wonderful, as there are so many details to remember – many of which never change.

Try creating a travel template for yourself. And please let me know how it works – what do you learn?

Another template for you…

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