Having a packing checklist you can easily update and use over and over makes this part of travel easy and stress-free.
Today Clive asked me, “How are you going to write a whole post about a spreadsheet?”
I’m not, exactly. What I am doing is advocating a process, and sharing a specific tool I find incredibly helpful.
By using a packing checklist, we can mentally focus on more interesting and rewarding aspects of travel, like reading about new places, or planning outings that would be most meaningful for our aging parents.
Many of you reading this are experienced travellers. I know we all have favourite items we couldn’t do without, such as reading material for airline flights, or an all-purpose dress or jacket.
Our Packing Checklist – Easy to Update
Setting up a packing checklist doesn’t take long, and pays huge dividends in future savings of time and aggravation. It evolves over time, and after 3-4 years, ours has been stable for a while. It’s easy, and it works.
– Name (Both, Carolyn, or Clive)
– Checked or Carry-on
After our last trip, we added the GPS we bought in the U.S. (Clive’s carry-on), a file of my mother’s business papers (my carry-on), and walking shoes/boots (checked or possibly wear on plane).
We decided to add the walking boots as I’ve been slow to learn a new skill Clive taught me for walking in England: dodging cowpats.
Packing Checklist – an Excerpt
Luggage that Works
Of course, packing requires you to have appropriate luggage in which to put the items from the checklist.
Despite all the travelling we’ve done, I’m still not 100% happy with my choice of luggage. My ultimate goal is to travel with only a shoulder bag and a wheelie carry-on, but we’re not there yet.
Last year, due to clearing my mother’s house, we used relatively large suitcases for checked luggage.
Thanks to airline mishandling, Clive had to half-carry, half-drag one through Heathrow, St. Pancras, and Gare du Nord before we trashed it back in Sydney.
This trip, we’re going back to our smaller checked bags. Clive’s also going to try a wheelie carry-on for the first time, instead of his well-used Qantas shoulder bag.
I Am iPod-less
I may be the only iPod-less person on the planet, but we take a lot of technology in our carry-ons.
Travel technology will be the subject of my next post.
In the meantime, having the checklist means the only packing decision I have to make is the amount of space for books vs. clothes.
I’d love to hear if there’s anything you absolutely, positively couldn’t live without when you travel.
And we always try to remember: we are not going to remote Africa (at least not this trip), and if we forget anything critical, we should be able to find it at the other end.
More to come.
A Passion for Travel, Part 1: Introducing the Series
A Passion for Travel, Part 2: The Master Trip Calendar
A Passion for Travel, Part 3: Travel Planning Checklist
A Passion for Travel, Part 5: Travel Technology
A Passion for Travel, Part 6: Departure Checklist
A Passion for Travel, Part 7: Airport Survival Strategies
A Passion for Travel, Part 8: Top Ten In-Flight Insights
A Passion for Travel, Part 8a: Eleventh In-Flight Insight
A Passion for Travel, Part 9: Jet Lag Jambalaya
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