Going on a trip

Tree at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY-December 2008 and January 2009
Tree at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY-December 2008 and January 2009

Oh the preparation and packing that goes with it all!!!

I'm going on vacation to India this holiday season to visit family and friends.  I was quite excited about it because I haven't seen some of my relatives for 11 years.  That excitement, however, fizzled as I realized just how much preparation and packing that was involved for a month's worth of traveling. 

There were the things like clothes and other things that I was going to take for myself. Then, there were the gifts that I was going to take for other people.  I thought that was it until today, when I actually started packing for my trip.  I found that I needed shoes to take there, I needed toiletries to use when I go there, socks, etc.  I even realized I had to take some of my work there. 

So, my whole day was literally spent in doing laundry and packing up two suitcases. I originally thought I would take only one suitcase, but when my mom insisted that I take gifts for people (I was only going to take chocolate for people, but then she insisted I do something different), I had to go out and buy more things.  So now I am taking two suitcases with me. 

I thought I might share some tips with you (that I have learned only too late) to help you get ready to go on vacation or on that business trip:

1. Know what you are taking.  Make a list of things to help you when you actually start packing.  I find that making that list really helps me to know what all I need to take, so I am prepared for the packing and I'm not so panicky when it comes time to pack.

2. You can never have enough underwear.  I can't tell you how many times I have gone short on undergarments.  It's always better to have more than less.

3. Make sure you have the most important things with you, like your passport or ID, wallet, keys, tickets, etc. 

4. Don't forget shoes!  I have forgotten my shoes on so many occasions that now I have to make sure I have them in front of me before I pack. 

5. Pack some clothing for all occasions.  You never know what you're going to do on vacation, so be prepared in case you have one of those "impulses" to go out to a club or an opera for instance.

6. Most of all, try to have fun.  If you are going on a business trip, make it a fun business trip.  If you get time, go out and see the sights in the place that you are visiting.  If not, then maybe when you have a few minutes you can read about places you can visit the next time you go there. 

Enjoy your trip and be safe this holiday season! Comments are most welcome!

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