Why You Should Always Have a Packing List for Your Travels

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Packing for your trip can be a dreadful experience, but having a packing list can make it much more bearable. Here’s a couple of reasons why you should compose one every time you’re getting ready to hit the road.

Planning Ahead

Planning ahead will save you a lot of room in your suitcase because you won’t be packing things you don’t actually need. Making a list is a good way to clear your mind, and figure out what is necessary and what isn’t.

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It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a packing list for a trip. But a couple of weekends ago, I had a little Airbnb winter getaway with my girlfriends who I’ve known since high school and lived with in university. Just a Friday to Sunday sleepover party and no plans except to eat, drink, and chill. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let me tell you, that one weekend felt like a whole week away. It's so hard to get together as often now that we're out here adulting, but it was so incredibly restorative to rest and reconnect. With people I’ve known for my whole adult life, everything just happened with a sense of ease. We went snowshoeing, hot tubbed, and just bonded. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I stayed off my phone enough that I didn’t even need to charge it for the whole weekend. Don't get me wrong, I took a million pics and vids for myself. But disconnecting digitally was in itself the most restorative thing. As a big advocate for founder-centric branding and authentic sharing on social, I'm often asked where to draw the line of what to share and what to keep for yourself. For me, I try to share things in my life that show my personality and my preferences, but I draw the line at showing my actual personal life (see last post lol). So it's rare that you'll see my friends and family. So here's all you get from my weekend away #BOUNDARIES2019. Where do you draw your line of sharing vs. oversharing?

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Time Saver

Writing down a list of things you need for your trip may feel like a waste of time, but it is the right thing to do in the long run. You won’t have to constantly check if you forgot something, and you’ll be less stressed out this way.

Never Forget

There’s nothing worse than reaching your destination and realizing you’ve forgotten something you really need. You’ll eliminate this risk by making a packing list, and crossing and adding new things as you go along.