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My Travel List April 15, 2019 00:00

I'm generally considered an extremely (read: annoyingly) organised person. I have lists for everything, from document expiries to contract renewals, and weekly stretching schedules to budgets. My tax is always ready within a few minutes to submit, and I rarely run out of anything in my pantry.

And of course, I have a travel list. My friends think this is terribly quirky (read: controlling) and that I'm far too industrious. What they don't understand, is that it stems from being deeply lazy. I can't bear intensely stressful periods, desperately trying to gather my slips to submit my tax returns, or desperately trying to remember what to pack to take along on holiday. 

I learnt early on that if I just drew up a list once, I could refer to it time and again, and simply pack what's on the list.

Easy. Stress-free. Tick tick tick and you're done.

You won't have forgotten anything. You leave home with a peaceful disposition, with nothing on your mind except the anticipation for a glorious trip.

Now doesn't that sound like the way you'd like to set out on your travels?

With the Easter holidays on our doorstep, I'm going to share my travel list with you and hopefully it'll give you the same sense of calm it gives me.

I'm a sucker for a printed tick list - I don't know why making ticks gives me a feeling of accomplishment, but you could also use an app like Wunderlist if you prefer to have it on your phone.

TRAVEL LIST

DONE

TO DO

NOTES

 

WHEN MAKING BOOKING

 

Travel insurance

 

 

Visas

 

 

Check validity of passport

 

 

1 WEEK PRIOR

 

International Driver’s Licence

 

 

Check hotel booking confirmed

 

 

Check laundry options at hotel

 

 

Ensure all necessary numbers are on mobile

 

 

Check if room is serviced

 

 

Check if they supply bedding and towels

 

 

Check there’s enough dog food

 

 

Tick & flea treatment

 

 

Check you have luggage tags

 

 

Have car washed

 

 

DAY BEFORE

 

Call vet to give them away dates

 

 

Check flights are still on schedule

 

 

Check & print house-sitter’s list

 

 

Prep info for staff

 

 

IN TRANSIT

 

Sunglasses

 

 

Small vanity with make-up; cleanser etc; toothbrush

 

 

Tranquilizers / Sleeping Pills

 

 

Avomine

 

 

Tickets

 

 

Passports

 

 

Credit Cards & cash

 

 

Travel pillows

 

 

Hotel Vouchers

 

 

Tissues

 

 

Mobile; Kindle; Laptop and chargers

 

 

GPS

 

 

Snacks & water

 

 

SUITCASE

 

Pack no more than 7 days of outfits. See laundry options

 

 

Travel scale

 

 

Cellphone + charger

 

 

Toothbrush

 

 

Sewing kit

 

 

Umbrella (rain)

 

 

Make-up

 

 

Shampoo & Conditioner

 

 

Cleanser & Moisturiser

 

 

Sunscreen

 

 

Manicure kit

 

 

Hats

 

 

2 prong plug & international plug

 

 

GHD + hair goodies

 

 

Beach towels + umbrella/tent

 

 

Yoga mat

 

 

Perfume

 

 

Soap

 

 

What would you add to the list?