How I prepare for a short trip

Every person has their routine when it comes to preparing for a trip, whether its a roadtrip, a short trip or a long one overseas.

I’ve noticed that over the last year and a half, I’ve really gotten my routine down.  Especially since I go to LA so often (usually about once a month) to visit one of my best friends.

Usually before I leave for a trip, I actually lose track of time (this has happened every time) and I don’t realize that I’m going somewhere until the day before. I have this tendency to make dinner plans with friends the night before, because I seem to think that I’ll never see anyone again while I’m out of the city for three days. After dinner, I go home and clean.  This involves taking out all the recycling, trash and compost in my apartment, reorganizing everything and making sure its as clean as possible.  I love coming home to a clean apartment, it’s a nice thing to come home to because I feel more relaxed.

After cleaning, I finally start packing. When I pack for my short trips I use my overnight bag and occasionally a compression bag. I like planning all my outfits so I bring the least amount of stuff as possible. I’ve found that it’s easiest to pack for short trips because you already have an idea of what you’re going to be doing which means you can plan better.  Going to LA usually means relaxing so I can bring comfy clothes, but if I go to other places, I usually have to account for special events or activities.

After packing, I usually spend my last night at home relaxing and not focusing on the fact that I’m going to be gone for a few days.  I know that it’s only a few days that I’ll be gone, but there’s something about not sleeping in your own bed that sometimes requires mentally preparing for the trip.

Right before I go to bed, I check my fridge.  This is where things get weird.  I check my fridge because that way I’ll specifically remember what I have in my fridge for when I arrive home. That way, if I need to stop at the grocery store on the way home from the airport, I have the opportunity.  I hate coming home to no food, it’s probably one of my biggest pet peeves.  So, checking out my fridge before I leave helps me remember that I need food or remember that I have enough food to keep me going for a bit until I can get to my favorite grocery store later. It’s weird, but it’s what I do, it’s part of my routine.

How do you prepare for your trips?

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