I created a plan to make travel easier. These tips are especially handy if you are a control freak. I am making travel plans for another conference, so the rigor of travel is on my mind. I hardly ever plan trips unless I have to be somewhere for an event. As a creature of habit, I usually prefer to relax at home. (There are even ways that I streamline reintegrating into work when I get back.)
I tend to be curious though. I like to experience new things and to be somewhere new. However, I hate the getting there part. Travel usually means giving up quite a bit of control, being at the mercy of things other than myself. It isn’t up to me how fast the plane goes or where we stop, or how long it takes the guy in front of me to take off his shoes.
A few years back a friend who travels a lot shared some really easy things to do to make travel easier. The tips were so easy and obvious that they had never occurred to me.
The very next time I had to take a trip I implemented them and it made such a huge difference. No longer do I stress while I wait for everyone else, or have a sugar crash, or worry that something isn’t going according to plan. A new attitude evolved.
How to Make Travel Easier
This is all you have to do to keep the control freak from rearing it’s cranky head when you are on the road.
1. Keep to routine as much as possible. Maintaining even basic routines about when you eat, sleep, exercise and have some quiet time help your body remain stress free. I am not saying to keep it exactly the same but, if you are used to eating breakfast at a certain time and you will be waiting for others, pack some granola bars so you can take the wait in stride instead of ending up pissed at your companions for taking so long.
2. It’s the little things, like bringing your favorite coffee, a pillow or blanket and a good book (or reading device or your choice). Think about what times you ended up stressed on your last trip and anticipate a way around it for next time.
3. Use the products you are used to. Being in a foreign environment is no time to start experimenting with new hair products. Pack the stuff that you already know works and bring the hotel samples back to try as a treat at home, where you can problem solve if necessary.
4. Think about the most annoying problems and pick those to carry the solution to. For me it’s carrying an emergency kit. The kit contains essential oils (mostly for bad smells), sore muscle balm, and anti-itch remedy in case I get bit.
5. Don’t try to solve every problem by packing the solution. Instead, carry the plan for what you will do if that happens. I always ask for directions to the nearest pharmacy or grocery store when I check in, just in case.
6. Skip trying to pack only planned outfits. It never fails that the weather will be wrong, or you won’t feel your best for pulling off a certain look at least one day of your adventure.
7. An easier approach is to bring a couple of choices for wearing on the bottom half of your body and a number of tops that go with both. Then it’s just like getting dressed at home. I actually bring two more tops that number of days of my trip. One long sleeve and one sleeveless to cover weird temperature issues.
8. Never think you will get anything done while traveling. The travel is the purpose. The road will unfold as you go down it. Observe, adjust, take every opportunity and enjoy.
This concept completely changed my attitude towards travel. It turns out I can be content anywhere. I just need to bring a sense of adventure and carry a bit of comfort.
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