My next big international trip is fast approaching and I am hard at work getting all my ducks in a row. Leaving the country takes a little more preparation than just leaving on a weekend getaway, so that last seven to ten days before my trip is spent wisely in an effort to avoid a last minute scramble. Here’s what I do:
1. Set up a “travel items pile”
This should be pretty self explanatory. I like to set up a place where I can begin collecting clothes I want to bring, toiletries I need for travel, but not before (like my curling iron), and other items I will be bringing on my trip. I find this helps me to be thoughtful about what I am packing and not just throw in everything and the kitchen sink. It also serves to show me which clothing items I need to clean and add to the pile.