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How to be More Organized When You Travel

Organized travel tips for less stress

Prepare For Less Stress

Whether for business or pleasure, planning for a trip is a time consuming and sometimes stressful process. When productivity matters, anything you can do to get out of town in less time and with less stress and keep you organized while you’re away will make your travel much more enjoyable. Luckily, we have a plethora of resources for smooth sailing. 

There’s An App For That!

Online resources make coordinating the logistics of a trip easier than ever. With just a few clicks you can book flights, lodging, transportation and more. Mobile devices can also efficiently store your itinerary, electronic boarding passes, excursion tickets, make restaurant reservations, help you get around at your destination and more.

There are also resources like TripIt that you can use to build and share your complete itinerary with others. Heather Denniston at WellFitandFed also comments that she finds Airtable (which works like an Excel database, for creatives) to be an invaluable resource when organizing travel.  Jessica Butts, Live Your Life from the Front Seat, loves the VRBO and Home Away apps, because they keep all of your contact info in the app for easy travel.

Make a List, Check it Twice

Using a travel checklist is the best way to make sure you include everything you’ll need during your trip. Our friends at Magnus Media Group suggest maintaining different packing and preparation checklists for different purposes: business travel, beach vacation, ski trip, etc. You may want another checklist for travel essentials like electronics, batteries and charging cables. Knowing you’ve made it out the door with everything you need ensures smooth waters wherever you are headed. 

Checklists are also handy for things to remember before you leave home, too. You may want to include these things:

  • scheduling a mail hold
  • setting credit card travel alerts
  • signing up for an international cell plan if you’re traveling outside the country
  • arranging for someone to water plants, feed pets and set out/bring in trash cans and watch for packages
  • setting a thermostat and sprinkler system to “vacation mode”
  • alerting neighbors to keep an eye on your home

It’s also helpful to have a checklist of things to take care of at work before you travel. Make use of Out of Office Email and outgoing voice mail messages, leaving information for who to contact during your absence and when you’ll be returning. If you can, build a day into your schedule when you return that is low on commitments, allowing you time to catch up. 

Organizing your spaces or organizing your work can help you get out the door with less stress, too. Our professional organizers and productivity consultants can help you set up systems and habits that will ensure you can find what you want, when you need it. This makes packing an easier process and you’ll be prepared for what you’ll need at your destination. Contact us to learn how we can help you out!

Also, check out these other valuable strategies to help you get organized for whatever travel you have coming up. Do you have a favorite tip, strategy or app that you use to stay organized when you’re planning a trip or while you’re traveling? We’d love to hear about it! 

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