You’re probably pretty good at planning and organizing your vacations and other trips – I’d like to think it’s due, at least in part, to my previous writing on the topic. But have you ever given thought to how to make the end of your trip just as organized as the beginning? Having recently returned from a two-week backpacking vacation with no access to electronics (it was heavenly!), I’ve recently put these tips into action myself– following them not only helped me ease back into civilization, but has also left me in good shape for my next trip.
Unpack thoroughly. Don’t be tempted to stash your suitcase (or backpack) in a corner and keep returning to it to retrieve items as you realize the things you need are still in there. Spend 15 minutes pulling everything out (be sure to check all the zippered compartments and pockets) and getting each item where it belongs – laundry in the hamper (or better yet, in the washer), toiletries in the bathroom (unless you keep them in your suitcase to be ready for the next trip), etc. A thorough unpacking will save you the time and frustration of looking for things, unless, of course, you enjoy a good suitcase standoff.
Prepare for your next trip. Rather than doing a last-minute scramble to restock toiletries or repair a broken carryon wheel, make note of what you need to replenish or repair. Add items to your shopping or to-do list so you’re ready to roll when the next travel opportunity arises.
Update your packing list. Make note of items you wish you’d taken with you, as well as items you took but wish you hadn’t. For example, I wish I’d brought my long undies on my recent trip, as nighttime temps got into the 40s. Also make note of travel tidbits that can be helpful on future trips. For me, it was a list of things to stow in my bear canister overnight (to prevent them from attracting critters, large and small, to my tent).
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Wishing you simplicity, harmony and freedom,