Preparing To Pack For A Trip ~ It takes some planning and organizing when preparing to pack for a trip whether it’s a weekend get-away or an extended journey to a new location.
The problem when preparing to pack for a trip becomes what to bring, how much to bring and hopefully not to forget anything. There are a lot of restrictions on luggage weight so we have to be super organized in our packing.
Making a plan before the packing process is well worth the time and the effort. Even before I begin to pack I take time to create a mind map. It is very simple to make. I just use a blank piece of paper and a pen. When I plan what to pack I record what I plan to bring based on the various activities that I will be doing. The activities create the categories and make it easier deciding what specific items what I need to bring.
I really like to organize my thoughts in the form of a mind map rather than a list for a number of reasons. First of all, a mind map provides the whole picture and also more easily shows the relationships and connections between the categories. A list suggests an hierarchy and has my eyes scanning up and down rather than one quick glance over the mind map.
When I had to pack for my children I just created a separate mind map for them because their needs and interests were different. I also remember the days when my daughters were babies and trying to pack for them. It is amazing how much these little human beings need!
Here are the steps for creating a mind map to help you organized what to bring when you have to pack for an upcoming trip:
Instructions For Preparing To Pack For A Trip ~
First, I write down where I am going and jot this down in the middle of the paper. Then I think about the various activities that I will be doing while on the trip and splash sub-headings around the heading in the middle of the paper. My activities for my trip to Australia included: sleeping, toiletries, fitness, touring (in hot and cool weather), what I needed on the plane and or course my technology devices. I also created an essentials category that included the things I could not forget because they were absolutely necessary and could not easily be replaced.
Then I highlight the items in the essential category to create a strong visual and to make sure that I don’t forget anything in this category. These items include things like my passport, traveling visa, medications, eyeglasses, contact lenses and the currency that I will need.
Lastly, as I pack my items I cross it off so I can quickly see what has been packed and what still needs to be added to the suitcase.
Hope you find this getting ready for packing method helpful. It is a smart organizing strategy to plan what you are going to bring first rather than randomly throw an assortment of items into the suitcase. Creating a mind map just provides an organized visual for tracking what you plan to bring, what you have packed and what you still need to include. I use this organizational strategy every time I have to pack for a trip!
I also use the mind mapping strategy for other planning too:
What strategies do you use when preparing to pack for a trip?
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