Have a trip coming up?
You get super nervous when the trip is coming up right around the corner?
Start to sweat from your palms, and have nightmares?
Perhaps think of the worst possible situations that could happen before, during and after the trip?
Not to worry. This is actually quite common…
Travel anxiety is a sometimes paralyzing and actually takes away from the entire experience of traveling in the first place.
Travel is supposed to be a quiet, relaxing and freeing experience…
This step is key when it comes to traveling…
Not at the last minute…
or several hours before…
or even the night before…
Procrastinating with packing and preparing for a trip is what causes anxiety for a lot of people, and leads to frustrating situations.
The best rule of thumb is to have everything prepared, packed, and ready to go 2–3 days before your trip. All itineraries nice and confirmed, organized, you name it.
Here is a small beginner list for things to make sure and have ready to go before your trip:
For another awesome post on preparing for travel, check out this post from Huffington Post.
There are certain items that you definitely want to carry with you that may either be hard to get in other countries, or you would rather just want to have in case of emergency at any given time.
Some have been included above, such as First Aid Kits and Ibuprofen, and Stomach Relievers.
However, what else can you bring along to give yourself peace of mind in case of emergencies?
We would recommend also bringing several forms of ID, and keep one in your wallet, one in your bag, in case you lose one. Packing a change of clothes with your carry-on is also a must, along with a toothbrush and any important toiletries you need. Especially when there are delayed/canceled flights, or you get re-routed, calling for a red-eye type of night.
We also recommend, if you haven’t considered it before, to get the passport ID along with the passport booklet. Keep one in your bag and one in your pocket. Just in case you lose your luggage or anything, you are covered. (Either way, you should always carry your passport on your carry on when flying to avoid losing it with your luggage if you check-in a bag.)
Packing a couple days before the trip will alleviate much concern and allow you to enjoy the last couple days at home before taking off.
This way, you can spend all your downtime looking at highlights of your destination location, as well as key spots to visit. You can spend time further planning your trip route, desired locations to visit, special events to watch out for, and more.
Also, we would recommend doing a bit of meditation and stress-relief exercises prior to your trip. This will help ease your mind and prepare yourself to go into your trip with a clear mind and an ease-type mentality. Letting things just glide and going with the flow prior to your trip and even while at the airport will put a smile on your face.
Some activities to try could include:
√Yoga (some airports include yoga rooms, like in Chicago Midway’s Airport after the security checkpoint)
√Spiritual Meditiation (solo or in a group)
√Going for a walk
Having a good experience on the plane ride will help you avoid travel anxiety, irritation and provide relaxation, even before you arrive. All it takes is making sure you go in prepared. There is nothing worse than fumbling through your bags and cursing all the way to the gate.
So, you have finally gotten through the gate area and into your seat.
You breathe a sigh of relief…until you realize you forgot to bring a book or some movies to watch. Doh!
Not to worry. Use the following checklist prior to leaving to the airport to make sure your entertainment needs are met.
Follow these steps to ensure you have a worry-free, happy-go-getter type of travel experience the next time you are heading anywhere.
Well, we hope this serves as great preparation for so many travelers out there in the world today.
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