How I Travel

I like routines. I like things clean. I am a planner. (If you ask my sister, she will say I am O.C.D.)

Toe-maato, Toe-mato!

There is a routine I go through when I travel (meaning being away from home more than one night). It goes something like this.

48 hours (or so) before departing:
Clean the house (vacuum, mop, dishes, counters, toilets, etc.).
Do laundry (so that everything I might want to pack is clean).
Pull out suitcase (complete with travel sized liquids containers- refill if necessary).
Make an overall packing list.
Set up online bill pay for anything that may come due while I am gone. (I typically only pay bills once a month but sometimes my travel dates occur across when this one bill paying session comes around.)
Set DVR for the time I am gone.

Night before I travel:
Pack my bags.
Make a "last minute list" of everything that cannot get packed the night before (i.e. cell phone charger, pillow).
Water the houseplants.
Make sure I have cash on hand (if not, I hit an ATM or a store with a cash back option).
Check mail. (I only do this once a week but I try to make sure I have done it right before I am gone).
Print boarding pass.

Day of travel:
Pack the things on the last minute list.
Load car.
Carry out all trash (including things from the fridge that will expire while I am gone).
Unplug any electronics that can be unplugged.
Lock up doors and windows.
I always park in the same area of airport parking so I can remember where it was (and I put the parking zone's letter/number into my phone's calendar on my return date).

First, I check the mail. It is an apartment mailbox so it can get so full they stop delivering.
When I come home, the house is clean (because I left it that way).
My suitcase goes immediately to the laundry area and gets unpacked and put away as I arrive (or if I am home after midnight, it is first thing the next morning).
I plug things back in as I need them, saving me electricity by not having items plugged in that are not in use.

What did I miss? What else are you certain to do before/after you travel?

1 comment:

  1. Love your list! I do many of the same things (minus unplugging electronics). I do like that you add your parking zone into your cell calendar. Great Tip! I guess the only thing I could contribute is the addition of packing my snacks. I have this overwhelming fear I will be trapped on a plane due to some mechanical issue for HOURS without sustenance. So, I make sure I have granola bars, nuts, pretzels, some fruit (ie. orange, apple) and perhaps some sort of candy item (ie. Gummy Savers, Red Vines, Jolly Ranchers, etc...). I also spend some time uploading some content to the Ipod (ie. podcasts, new music, new movies, etc...) so as to make sure I have something to do should I be trapped in an airport overnight or delayed for a period of time.